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Irish festival award for Manchester man

A Manchester man has been awarded for this involvement with helping to promote a cultural festival in Ireland.

Tony Hennigan from the Manchester Irish and Levenshulme Festivals has won an award from the Ballina Salmon Festival in Co Mayo.

He received the award for his work with the Ballina event, where he volunteered as the official press officer and photographer.

Chairperson of the Irish festival Benny Walkin festival said: “The 2011 Ballina Salmon Festival was a great success and we would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your time, hard work and professionalism during our festival.”

Mr Hennigan formed the partnership with the Ballina Salmon Festival as part of his work for the Manchester Mayo Tourism and Business group.

“It was a real honour to receive the award,” he said. “My father and late mother were both born in Attymass Parish, which is just a few miles outside of Ballina. We still have a house there.  It was one of the reasons why we formed the group to try and help promote tourism in the West of Ireland.”

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