Omagh’s Dervla Dolan, receives Princess Diana Legacy Award after establishing “Enda Dolan Foundation”
Dervla Dolan, sister of Omagh student Enda Dolan, who was so tragedly killed in a hit-an-run, has been speaking of her delight at being awarded the very first Princess Diana Legacy Award.
Dervla established the “Enda Dolan Foundation”, in memory of her big brother, who was 18 when he was killed in a crash in south Belfast, in October 2014.
Dervla was presented with the highly prestigious Diana Legacy award, by Prince William and Prince Harry, for making a positive contribution to her community and was one of two young people from Northern Ireland bestowed the accolade.
Dervla shares her brother’s passion for running and set up the Run For Enda, which has now become an annual event, and it has gone from strength to strength.
“It’s been going on for two years now and it’s been amazing, you get to see the benefits that we have brought to the community in memory of Enda.”
Dervla is deputy head girl at Loreto Grammar in Omagh, who nominated her for the legacy award.
The award was created to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. Dervla, and Garreth Brown from Derry, who lost both his parents in the same year, are among just 20 young people from across the world to receive it.
“I think he’d be so proud and kind of astonished at the same time, by the fact that I find the time to do this, I think he’d really admire me, I hope.”