DESCRIBED as possessing “social awareness, boundless energy, determination and sheer hard graft,” Strabane Community Project said goodbye to its long-time mentor, Danny O’Hagan last week.
Retiring from his position as manager, Danny was presented with tokens of appreciation from Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maolíosa McHugh and Fr Declan Boland.
However, a typically humble Danny said he would rather his retirement went off without so much fuss.
“Quite frankly, I didn’t want anything of that nature. And I didn’t want any praise.
“It’s as if I’m putting myself out there as someone special but I’m just a normal person.”
Danny also revealed that whilst he is stepping down from his managerial role with Strabane Community Project, he will still help out in whatever capacity he can. As well, he will remain active in his many other roles, including that of manager at Strabane Unemployed Centre.
Paying tribute to Danny this week, local priest, Fr Declan Boland said it was only right and proper that the project should mark his “outstanding contribution and selfless dedication” to the community.
“He wears many hats and is involved on many boards and other projects but at this time we want to mark his outstanding contribution to Strabane Community Project,” Fr Boland said.
“Without his social awareness, boundless energy, determination and sheer hard graft we would simply not be where we are today.
“He will be the first to admit that it was a team effort, but every team needs a captain with vision, passion and application to bring success and achievement and he has done that in great measure.”
He continued, “Danny was like a colossus – guiding, strategically planning, thinking ahead, staying ahead of the pack, innovating and reading the signs of the times – always available, always moving, never sitting still. It is only fitting that he should now have a well deserved rest. His service to our community far and near is incalculable. The debt we owe him and his team can never be measured. This we do know however – that countless thousands have benefited greatly over the years because of his social vision and passion to help the needy and the underprivileged. And he has set in motion a whole network and system that will enable all that good work to be continued and further expanded by Ursula and her team.”
Posted: 5:47 pm February 17, 2018