On Saturday, 3rd March 2012, the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester hosted the Council of Irish County Associations Manchester annual dinner dance as part of the Manchester Irish Festival. At the event, Rose Morris, Arts and Cultural Director at the Irish World Heritage Centre presented Maureen Fitzgibbon with a Certificate of Irish Heritage in recognition of the work she has performed over many years with the North West Group of Catholic Family History Societies.
“This Certificate makes twenty years of work looking for my family roots worthwhile. I am sure that many other family historians would welcome such recognition” said a delighted Maureen on receiving her Certificate.
Rose Morris, of the IWHC said “I was delighted to officiate at the presentation of the Certificate of Irish Heritage to Maureen Fitzgibbon on behalf of the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. Maureen is a truly deserving recipient of this honour and recognition as she is extremely proud of her Irish ancestry and has worked tirelessly in Lancashire and further afield in family history and is the Meetings Organiser for North West Group of Catholic Family History Societies arranging talks, conferences and facilitating research.
As the vision and aims of the Irish World Heritage Centre is to acknowledge the positive contribution made by Irish emigrants and their descendants in the countries in which they settled it was fitting that we were able to nominate Maureen and acknowledge her cherished links with Ireland in this special way.”
The Irish World Heritage Centre is based in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, and is a major focal point for the local Irish community and community groups.
The Council of Irish County Associations Manchester consists of various County Associations, GAA teams and parish centres working to promote and support Irish culture and tradition in Manchester