Balbriggan Meals on Wheels surprised Eoghan ó Ceallacháin on the day by announcing that the Outdoor Area was to be dedicated to him in recognition of his tremendous work for the Balbriggan community over the years. This is a short background to all his involvements over the years but by no means a complete list: Balbriggan Meals on Wheels:
Eoghan is one of the founder members of Balbriggan Meals on Wheels. He, along with a number of volunteers, helped build the first kitchen, following the death of a woman in Quay Street from malnutrition in 1975. The first kitchen had to be rebuilt and the sum of €120,000 was raised in order to do that. Eoghan has always put the community first, and particularly those who are most vulnerable. St. Peter and Paul’s Parish: Eoghan is very committed to the work of the Parish. Over the years he has worked hard to have laity involvement in the Church. In 1971 he established pilgrimages to Lourdes with his brother Tommy. He was also instrumental in establishing the readers for Masses. During this time he started to visit local people in hospitals. He gave much needed support to patients and families. Order of Malta: During his years with the Order of Malta, Eoghan fundraised and refurbished this building. The Day Care Centre was opened in 1977 as Thomas ó Ceallacháin Centre. The Day Care Centre provides activities for people with disabilities from North Fingal (Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush and Lusk). It hosts training for young people in First Aid, monthly parties for the elderly and other events for people with disabilities. During these years he also worked extremely hard to raise funds to purchase an ambulance, which collected people for the Day Care Centre. Also he established the Summer Camp which enabled People with disabilities to go on a camping holiday. Balbriggan Breakaway Festival: In 1975 Eoghan had the vision to establish a festival in the town. He and other members of the community, including businesses agreed that it was time to promote the town and its natural beauty as a coastal town. It was a great family affair, and with the inclusion of M’Lady Erin the festival had an international flavour.Town Commissioner: A bit frustrated at the lack of development for the town, Eoghan stood for election for the Town Commissioners as a Community Representative. He was a Commissioner from 1979 to 1985. During this time he argued for the health and welfare of the community. He particularly raised the need for sewerage treatment plant. It is now being built. Citizens Information Centre: With a growing Community he saw the need to establish a community based information centre. With other local people who worked hard the Citizens Information Centre was established in 1993. Balbriggan Youth Development: Again identifying a growing need in the Community, he worked for many years trying to establish a service for young people, with a view to helping them with employment and training. And again enlisting the support of local people this service was established in 1991. Irish Language and Culture: His personal passion is the Irish Language and Gaelic. He was a prominent member of O’Dwyers GAA and played at one time for Dalcais Hurling. Balbriggan Meals on Wheels wish to thank Eoghan for all his dedication and service to the community.