series of awards each year at its AGM, including presentations for winners of various contests and for other achievements. The society also honours radio amateurs for service to the society or to amateur radio.
The Sheila Piper Cup was presented to the Society by Jim Piper in memory of his late wife Sheila. The cup is presented for service by an individual to the various IRTS news media, i.e. Radio News, Echo Ireland, EiNews, web site, social media. This year the cup has been awarded to yours truly, EI2KC. It was accepted in my absence by Thos EI2JD, who picked up the cup itself and a perpetual plaque, both of which are already inscribed with my callsign. Here is a photo of Thos presenting the trophies to me last night:
As you can see, I forgot to take off my 'Birthday Boy' badge which I was wearing on the occasion of my 40th birthday. Many thanks to the IRTS for this wonderful honour. Of course, I will continue to do my best to promote this fantastic hobby of ours, something I've always enjoyed doing.