BIG-HEARTED DONEGAL PRIEST TO RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL HONOUR

first_imgA CO Donegal priest who has worked to help Irish emigrants in America for the past three decades is to get Ireland’s highest honour, it was announced today.Fr Brendan McBride hit the headlines earlier this year when he comforted the families of those killed and injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse.But the San Francisco-based priest has been helping emigrants for years and is the founder of the Irish Immigration and Pastoral Centre. The Portnoo native has been named by the Department of Foreign Affairs as one of the 10 recipients of this year’s ‘Presidential Distinguished Service Awards’.Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said Fr Brendan is being honoured for “his life’s work to serving the Irish community through advocacy and the provision of support services”.He is also being recognised for his leading efforts in the US’s immigration reform policy.Minister Flanagan also remarked on the “central role” Fr Brendan played in providing support to those involved in the accident in Berkeley earlier this summer. He travelled to the three hospitals where the survivors were treated and provided support for their devastated families and friends.All ten are being honoured for how they served Ireland with “distinction” and for the way they “actively contributed to Ireland in a sustained manner”.The other recipients include actor Gabriel Byrne, British human rights solicitor Gareth Pierce, well-known businessman Tom Moran, Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa and Irish missionary Sr Miriam Duggan. BIG-HEARTED DONEGAL PRIEST TO RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL HONOUR was last modified: August 31st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:emigrantsFather brendan McbrideHonour PresidentialPresidential Distinguished Service Awardslast_img read more