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Mayo honours MacGreil

micheal_mcgreil_01.jpgOn 29 November 500 people gathered in Westport Castle Court Hotel to see Micheál Mac Greil SJ honoured by entry to the Mayo Hall of Fame, where he joins Michael Loftus and the late Monsignor Horan of Knock.  The tribute from his own county meant more to Micheál than any other honour could. Eamonn Ó Cuiv, Minister for Culture, Gaeltacht & Rural Affairs, presented the award to him.Minister Ó Cuiv travelled from Dublin to present the award, and spoke eloquently and with personal warmth about Micheál’s services to his county and his country, first as a soldier, and later in his work for the underprivileged such as Travellers and prisoners, for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, for the pilgrimage to Maimean, for tolerance as against prejudice (he is now working on a new survey of Prejudice and Tolerance in Ireland), for the Pioneers, for his active and pro-active concern for the Irish language, and for the economic development of the West through Knock Airport and the Western Corridor Railway. TG4 has booked Micheál for an hour’s programme about his work on 16 December.