Cllr Daniel Butler, Metropolitan Mayor, with Dr Claire Flynn, Limerick Mental Health; Dr Jennifer McMahon, Emma Langford, Valarie Dolan, Sr Helen Culhane and Philip Mortell
METROPOLITAN mayor Daniel Butler has honoured three women who he described as “inspiring leaders in our city” for their work in the field of mental health.
At a special reception in City Hall, well-known local musician Emma Langford was honoured for her mental health advocacy, Sr Helen Culhane of the Children's Grief Centre was recognised for her own contribution to mental health and Limerick society as a whole.
Last but not least, Dr Jennifer McMahon, of the University of Limerick was also honoured.
At the special evening, Cllr Butler gave a good friend of each of the trio the chance to introduce them and pay a warm tribute.
Philip Mortell, the chairperson of the Children’s Grief Centre spoke of Sr Helen’s lengthy career in Limerick.
Outlining her relatively late arrival into sisterhood he spoke of her work with organisations such as the Limerick Social Services Centre, Milford Care Centre and much more. It was out of her work with Milford Care Centre that she identified the need for support for children who lost their parents through death or who struggled with parental separation.
Claire Flynn of the Limerick Mental Health Association paid tribute to Dr McMahon, who was their chairperson until recently.
Meanwhile, Valerie Dolan took to the stage to speak of her long relationship with Emma Langford.
Valerie, who herself has received a mayoral reception told the chamber of how Emma “consistently shares the story that is Limerick across the country and Europe as she prepares for her tour in Germany”.
“These three ladies are leaders who will inspire future leaders from our young people. We should listen to what they have to say and more importantly how they say it. It all comes from a place that wants to make their city a better place looking for nothing in return. In a time our city is in transition these three women have their fingers on the pulse of that change and we must follow them and support them to continue to be the great voices they are for our city,” Cllr Butler said.