On Friday evening I was given a Mayoral Reception in Clonmel Town Hall on a very kind request from Councillor and family friend Micheal Anglim. The Mayor Pat English hosted it for me and he was joined by Councillors Richie Molloy, Siobhan Ambrose, Martin Lonergan, Micheal Anglim, and Andy Moloney.
The reception was given to me on behalf of the people of the district of Clonmel and Cahir to recognise my achievement of winning Silver in the Best Entertainment Blog (Personal) category at the Blog Awards Ireland 2015, which you may remember I attended in Dublin back in October. You can read all about my night at the Blog Awards here.
Everybody was so lovely at the reception and I was overwhelmed by all the kind things they had to say about myself and my blog. I was sitting up at the top of the room with them and listened to all the things each of them said individually and I was delighted that I was being recognised in my local area for the hardwork and dedication that I put into my passion. It is great to know I have the support from home backing me all the way on my journey, which as a young woman of only 20 years of age can sometimes be quite daunting, but very exciting all the same and I am loving every minute of it. They kindly presented me with a lovely framed certificate and a beautiful crystal bowl which I will cherish forever.
I had never been to anything like this before and couldn't get over how much it meant to me. When I was saying my speech I found it hard to find the words to express how happy I was because I was so overwhelmed, but since I am now sitting down and expressing myself the best way I know how to I just want to say a huge thank you to everybody who attended and made the Mayoral Reception possible - The Mayor and Councillors who recognised my achievement, had nothing but lovely words to say, and took the time out on a very sunny Friday evening to celebrate with me. I would also like to thank my best friend Claire, my siblings Melodie and Cavan, my nan Maureen, family friends Cathy and PJ, and last but not least, my parents for always believing in me even on days when I don't believe in myself and for allowing and encouraging me to achieve and follow my own dreams. My mum got a little emotional when she said something at the reception and it nearly set me off, you can't take her anywhere! Haha And of course my blog would be nothing without you guys, my wonderful readers so thank you so so much for accompanying me on this exciting journey! I realise this sounds like an Oscars speech or something, but I now understand how easy it is to start one of those speeches and get carried away thanking people!
The night was absolutely amazing overall and it honestly meant to world to me, to be honest I still can't believe it. I'm well impressed with myself! It was such a special occasion for a girl who is such a home bird anyway. Onwards and upwards from here, I can't wait to see what other exciting things lie ahead for my writing!
Oh and of course I have to tell you all about what I wore. I wanted something elegant so chose a black and grey pencil dress which I've had for years but think is absolutely timeless. It has lace on top and a bow around the middle. Isn't it stunning? I teamed it with a little black handbag, delicate silver dangly earrings, and a pair of shiny black Penneys heels because I love the elegance of a pointed toe. Some outfits just don't age no matter how long you've had them!