Carers of the Year Awards 2012
Throughout Ireland, Family Carers dedicate themselves to providing remarkable levels of care in the home to their loved ones. Once a year we can give them the acknowledgement they deserve through the Carers of the Year Awards. This year's national awards ceremony took place on May 30th, at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin.
The Carer of the Year Award 2012 was presented to Peter Riordan (81) dad of ten from Naas, Co. Kildare who has been providing care for decades to his wife Eithne, who passed away in 2004 and currently to his sons Bernard (51) and Ronan (36). Bernard was left brain-damaged and is a wheelchair user following a tragic accident in 1978 in which is brother Stephen (15 at time) sadly died. Ronan has Downs Syndrome and is non-verbal. Peter is an inspiration to everyone that knows him and dedicates his day to both sons ensuring their needs are met. At 81 years of age this is no mean feat and it all has to be planned meticulously.
Pictured: James Doyle, Emergency Response (Sponsors), Peter Riordan, Carer of the Year 2012, Mary Kennedy & Marty Whelan, Patrons of The Carers Association.
Ronan, Peter and Bernard Riordan
The Young Carers of the Year Award 2012 was presented to brother and sister Sam (14) and Amanda (18) Norris from Finglas, Dublin 11 who help single mum of five Antoinette, care for their two siblings with special needs - sister Demi has Cohen's Syndrome and brother Adam has autism. They are both extremely caring young people and never complain about having to help with the care of their siblings. They are so dedicated to their brother and sister and a wonderful support to their mum.
Amanda and Sam with Proud Mum Antoinette
Over the past few months, Ireland's regional Carers of the Year and local Carers of the Year have been celebrated throughout Ireland. Please click here to view photos of these events. All Carers and Young Carers who were nominated will receive a Certificate in the post in June.
For further information please contact Karen Phelan on 056-7753600 or email email@example.com
Mary Kennedy, Kelley Farrell, Young Carer of the Year 2010 and Mary Whelan at the launch of Carers of the Year in November 2011.
The Carers of the Year Awards Programme
Who is a family Carer?
Family Carers provide high levels of care, at home, for children and adults with special needs, severe disabilities, mental illnesses, frail older people and people who are terminally ill. Carers need to be constantly available due to the high levels of social and health care needed at home and in case of emergency. The Carer’s life centres on the needs of the person requiring care. Carers often overlook or suppress their own health and emotional needs in their concern for looking after the person they love.
Who is a Young Carer?
Young Carers are Carers under 18 years of age who provide care to ill or disabled relatives in the home. Their work often goes unrecognised and their own social, health and educational needs are often neglected.
Through the Carers of the Year Awards programme, local and regional Carers of the year are chosen from all the nominations received. The National Carer of the Year is chosen from the Regional Carers of the Year and receives a Commemorative Award and a sponsored gift. The Young Carer of the year receives a Commemorative Award and a sponsored gift. In recognition of their nomination, each Carer will receive a Commemorative Certificate as a memento.
The Carers of the Year Awards 2012 is kindly sponsored by Emergency Response, DocMorris Pharmacies, and HSF Healthplan
Like to become a sponsor? Contact Karen Phelan at 086 0403652