|Made in Lowell, a film |
by Bob Rafferty & Dave McKean
The 2nd annual Anam Cara (Soul Friend) awards were presented to 5 honorees. The awards are meant to recognize those in the Lowell community who foster and promote Irish culture through their sharing of time, treasures, and talents. This year's honorees were: Dr. Molly Sheehy for her 20 years working with Wider Horizons, a group that brought Catholic and Protestant students from Ireland to Lowell to work together. Bob Rafferty for his work with preserving audio and visual archival materials and producing his new documentary, Made in Lowell. Dr. Robert O'Neill, former head librarian of the Burns Library at Boston College, for his ongoing support and presentations of the library's resources such as the facsimile of the Book of Kells. Also Dr. O'Neill was responsible for bringing President Mary McAleese to St. Patrick's this past fall. And to Angus MacDonald and Jim Campbell who kept Irish culture alive in Lowell through their 20 years of the Sounds of Ireland radio program on WLLH and WCAP and reorganizing the local chapter of the AOH.