Alan Martin, a Founder member of the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society, was recently awarded a Heritage Award.
The Heritage Council’s Heritage Hero Award celebrates those who have made an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of heritage in Ireland. This year some 86 individuals were nominated.
Alan Martin always had a passion for preserving the industrial heritage of Dublin Docks. Initially he did this through his own photographs, then helped set up the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society, which appealed for old photographs to be submitted. Alan maintains a website which displays the 3,500+ photographs that have been donated to date. Without him this rich heritage would have been lost.
His website can be found here.
By Paul O’Rourke