WiR member Sheila Bailey has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London for her work with the Ireland Fund of Great Britain (IFGB) – as reported in the Racing Post on November 2.
Well known in racing for her work as a council member on the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) and as an owner with Gay Kelleway and Gary Moore, Sheila has also been a supporter of WiR from the beginning having served as an original committee member.
Sheila has a great deal of experience in the charity sector and was until recently executive director of the IFGB. The organisation's stated aim is to: "Raise money to make a real difference to those in need and to support Irish culture in Great Britain and also on the island of Ireland."
Sheila described the ceremony at which she received the Freedom award as "humbling". It took place at Guildhall in October. The award is believed to have been first presented in 1237 and is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence. Sheila commented: "What made the occasion all the more special is that I am from Dundalk and non-British people have been admitted only since 1996."
Her fellow WiR members congratulate Sheila on this deserved award.