Dublin City Council (DCC) has announced that Dr. Ailbhe Smyth, Professor Mary Aiken and Kellie Harrington is awarded the Dublin City Honour.
The three women are expected to be honored in a ceremony on June 11th.
Only four women have received this honor so far. The youngest was the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta, as she was granted freedom from Dublin in June 1993.
In March 1985, Michiko, Crown Princess of Japan, received the honour, as did actress Maureen Potter in June 1984. Suffragist Margaret Sandhurst was the first female recipient in September 1889.
Ms. Harrington, an Olympic boxing gold medalist, is a popular selection for the honor.
As an inspirational ambassador and role model for her local community in the north-eastern inner city of the capital, she is seen as someone to look up to, especially by young people.
Ms Harrington, who was recently ruled out of the upcoming World Championships due to injury, said the honor gave her a timely morale boost.
“It is an absolute privilege and honor to be given the freedom of the city. There have only been a handful of women who have ever gotten it before. What a great time for me and the other two women,” she said.
“It’s a great highlight [for me] and especially because I was disqualified from the World Cup this year [the award] was very uplifting.”
dr Smyth is an academic and prominent social justice activist specializing in LGBTQ rights and women’s rights.
She founded the Women’s Education, Research and Resource Center at UCD in 1990 and was a longtime campaigner for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
“I’m really overwhelmed and really honored. As a wild dub, I can’t think of a greater pleasure or honor than having the freedom of the city,” she said.
Prof. Aiken is one of the world’s leading experts in cyberpsychology – the study of the effects of technology on human behavior.
She has dedicated her career to creating a safer online environment for people around the world.
In particular, she has contributed to Irish legislation in the area of online safety and children’s digital protection.
“It’s a great honor, I’m very happy,” she said. “Not only in terms of the award, but also in terms of the focus and spotlight it brings to my work in child safety and protection online,” she said.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/kellie-harrington-dr-ailbhe-smyth-and-professor-mary-aiken-to-receive-freedom-of-the-city-41632495.html Kellie Harrington, Dr. Ailbhe Smyth and Professor Mary Aiken receive Freedom of the City