Limerick native, GOAL CEO, Siobhan Walsh, honoured at Mayoral Reception in recognition of 30 years of service to humanitarian relief - GOAL Global Skip to content

Limerick native, GOAL CEO, Siobhan Walsh, honoured at Mayoral Reception in recognition of 30 years of service to humanitarian relief


May 11, 2024 • 2 min read

At a Mayoral Reception in the Council Chamber, hosted by Councillor Gerald Mitchell, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, yesterday evening, Siobhan Walsh, GOAL CEO, was recognised for her outstanding contribution to humanitarian relief and development work over the last 30 years. Siobhan Walsh is from Fedamore, Co. Limerick in Ireland.

Thank you to Limerick people for humanity and generosity

Speaking in advance of the Reception, Cllr. Gerald Mitchell said, “As Mayor of the City and County of Limerick it is within my gift to recognise outstanding contributions made by fellow Limerick men and women. I am therefore honoured to host a Mayoral Reception for Siobhan Walsh in recognition and appreciation of Siobhan’s contribution to humanitarianism through her work with Concern and GOAL. Siobhan’s tireless work for over 30 years which has raised millions for some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people is to be commended. We are extremely thankful for her commitment and would like to recognise the value and importance of her work.”

The Award has a deep meaning for Siobhan Walsh, “It is such a privilege to be recognised by Mayor Mitchell in my home county of Limerick. When I finished College, I really started my education journey as I entered the University of Life. I am grateful to my family, friends and the Limerick network of people who have supported me over the past 30 years; giants like Fr Aengus Finucane and Tim O Connor who were my steadfast coaches. We all need champions and supporters on our journey. My thanks also to Press22 photographer, Liam Burke for the nomination. Liam has journeyed all over the globe to document important stories through the power of photography.”

“This is a unique opportunity to thank the people of Limerick for their incredible humanity and generosity. You are always there in times of crises,” continued Siobhan Walsh.

Over the last 30 years, Siobhan Walsh has worked on the set-up, development, and management of INGOs and has experience in countries across Asia and Africa. In August 2018, having spent 22 years abroad, Siobhan returned home to Ireland to commence her role of GOAL CEO and has led the aid agency since.

Founded in 1977, GOAL an international humanitarian aid agency has since responded to every major humanitarian crisis across the world. Today GOAL, has a global team of 3,250 who operate in 14 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Ukraine. Last year GOAL reached 10 million people across these regions with humanitarian aid and development programmes focused on crisis response, resilient health, food and nutrition security, and livelihoods. Please visit

Fergus Scanlan, Chairperson, Friends of St. Ita’s Community Hospital. Newcastle West. Co. Limerick and Haighley Kiely, Irish Kickboxing Champion, Learning Hub Kickboxing Club, Kilteely, Limerick, were also honoured by the Mayor at the Reception yesterday evening.