Patrick J O’Reilly has been shortlisted in the Community/Charity and Culture, Arts and Film categories in honour of his outstanding work in the community.
Tinderbox Theatre Company is one of the most established theatre companies in Northern Ireland and is revered for championing new writing as well as producing world-class performances. It has been supported by The National Lottery in the past through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
During COVID-19 restrictions, Patrick’s ‘show must go on’ attitude resulted in innovative adapted performances and he was regarded as a selfless champion of the arts and artists.
Speaking about his nomination, Patrick said: “I am delighted to have been nominated for a National Lottery Award in the culture, arts and film category. This nomination is a reflection on the great work of the entire team at the Tinderbox Theatre Company.
“We felt it essential to reach out to as many people as we could during these difficult times and made it a priority to create various artistic programmes which could create humour, creativity and hope.”
Patrick is one of two inspirational people from Northern Ireland in line for national recognition after being nominated for a 2021 National Lottery Award. The second is Derry fitness instructor Gary Rutherford who turned his life around after 15 years of addiction and now runs his own company helping others through their struggles.
The National Lottery Awards are the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded people and projects and celebrate inspirational individuals and groups who do extraordinary things in their community especially during these challenging times.
Over 1,500 people were nominated for the work they have carried out with the help of National Lottery funding this year.
Next month a panel, made up of representatives of The National Lottery and partners, will decide the winners in each category from a shortlist of five.
The winners will be revealed in the autumn and will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.
Jonathan Tuchner, from The National Lottery, said: “Since 1994, The National Lottery has made a huge positive impact on life across the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players and the £36 million raised each week for good causes, thousands of organisations are making an incredible impact and difference in their local areas.
“The National Lottery Awards honour those who have stepped up and stood out like Gary and Patrick, who work tirelessly for their community. They deserve great praise and our thanks for their incredible work.”
Posted on 26 July 2021