On Saturday night 15th November 2014, over 350 people attended a banquet at Breaffey House Hotel for the Rehab, Connaught Telegraph and Mayo County Council "Mayo People of the Year Awards".
The Octagon Quilters (Westport) were one of the eleven winners of the award, for their contribution to charities, and the promoting of the art of Patchwork and Quilting over the past 23 years. Their project for 2014 is making Fidget Quilt's for Alzheimer's patients.
Founder member Madeleine Jordan received the Award on behalf of the Octagon Quilter's from Edel Cadden Chairperson of Rehab.
Madeleine and Gemma Henessy were also interviewed by Irish TV and Midwest radio.
Eight members of the Octagon Quilter's attended the award ceremony on the night: Chairperson Gemma Henessy, Vice Chairperson Marie Freeman, Assistant Secretary Brid Sammon, members Mary Brady, Mary Madden, Evelyn Brady, Maura Cusack and Founder Member Madeleine Jordan.
Madeline was also presented with a cake on the night for her 89th Birthday, and everyone sang her Happy Birthday .A wonderful night was had by all.
Mary Madden (Western Branch)