From what we know of the man, one suggests he would be very proud. The award was given not only for their services to music but also for their public philanthropy. In the 60's-70's, Gerry Corr was thought of as a bit of a "leftie" due to some of his social views (re social services) and it seems clear that his children have been brought up with social consciences.
What was also interesting were those they invited to the presentation of the awards. Along with dear old dad were Frank Woods (Caro's hubby- Gavin must have been busy pursuing the evildoers of Belfast); John Hughes; Caroline Henry (bands PA) & Keith & Anto. Certainly family but also those one suspects they consider integral members of "their team".
There was another thread somewhere with pics of this event but those pics appear to have disappeared. Have burrowed around and found some more and have attached some appropriate (if unkind) captions.
Maybe some old school memories ...... all lined up outside the headmasters office. In the background, it appears that someone has dragged Mr Duffy away from his usual watering holes and smartened him up for the occaision.
Sharon: I DID so warn you that the ribbon would clash terribly with that monstrosity you insisted on wearing !!
Jim: If I end up hitting one of them over the head with a baseball bat, will I have to hand this back ?
Gerry: Tis a rare pleasure to be actually lifting a glass in yer honour ..... it's usually been one or all of yez drivin' me to drink !! Caro: Daddy !!!!!!!
Sharon: I'm actually thankful Gav couldn't make it. I just KNOW that Jim and the boys celebration will consist of dragging Dad along and all getting disgustingly drunk. Caro (thinking): Wonder if I can tag along with them ....
Sharon (thinking): Oh no; I'm stuck on these OJs and she's tiddly already !!
Thanks for the pics Wombat, It's great. But I have a Question; What's the medal they receive ? It's much like the Legion of Honor, the highest honor that France can give, but I don't think that it's. Thanks. BERNARD
The award is the M.B.E (Member of the British Empire) which is part of the British Imperial Honours. These are are/were awarded in the U.K and other parts of the former British Empire (now Commonwealth) although a number of larger Commonwealth countries such as Australia and Canada issue their own awards rather than Imperial ones.
As the Corrs are from the Republic of Ireland and NOT British or Commonwealth citizens, their award was an "honorary" one. By that I mean, the award is legit enough but say if they gave Jim a knighthood (KBE), he could only be Jim Corr K.B.E rather than Sir James Corr.