José Antonio Sierra, one of our long-time contributors has been honoured in his adopted home of Malaga. Recently, at the Casa de Álora Gibralfaro in Malaga, the Provincial Federation of Associations of the Elderly of Malaga presented this year’s “traditional 10 Awards”. This annual event was established to honour 10 people over 65 years for their outstanding contributions in various aspects of his/her life in a given year.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions the awards ceremony was a very quiet event in which only the winners were present. At the outset there was a minute’s silence to remember those who have died from, and been affected by, Covid-19. The president of the Federation, Antonio Quero, said that it was a ceremony that they did not want to cancel because this year, more than any other, the recipients deserve to be rewarded for everything they have done and achieved along with the example they have shown through their respective careers.
Speaking on behald of the Emerald Connection Ger Sweeney said “this is a wonderful achievement and is just another reason for us to be proud of José Antonio. Being one of the recipients is a great honour and we are delighted that José’s work has been recognised and rewarded in this way. He’s a humble man but I know this will be a very proud time for the Ávila native and his family”. José Antonio was recognised for his lifetime work as a teacher and journalist. Along with that, he was the creator of the Spanish Cultural Institute of Dublin, predecessor of the Cervantes Institute. José Antonio has also been a correspondent for the EFE Agency in Ireland, among other media and a long-time defender of the dissemination throughout Spain of the different Spanish languages.
Sweeney concluded “We congratulate José Antonio on this wonderful achievement and thank him for his contribution to Emerald Connection dot net and the weekly Irish radio programme, Live on Eire, which is broadcast on Talk Radio Europe on Monday evenings. We look forward to seeing him and being in his company in the Malaga sunshine as soon as the current restrictions are lifted. In the meantime we send our friend love and affection from afar”.