Carers of the Year Awards 2010
Congratulations to Anne McGrath, Carer of the Year 2010 & Kelley Farrell, Young Carer of the Year 2010!
A mother who has already lost two of her children to a rare and fatal brain disease paid tribute to her "very special little girl" Tamara yesterday who is also suffering from the same disorder. Mother of six Anne McGrath was devastated after her second child David, died in 1989 from the neurological disorder Canavans Disease when he was just one and a half years old. Over a decade later twins Mark and Tamara were born and shortly afterwards were diagnosed with the same disease. Sadly, Mark died three years ago at the age of six and a half years. Anne's devotion to caring for Tamara was recognised and awarded yesterday when she was named Irelands Carer of the Year 2010 at our special awards ceremony in Dublin.
Patrons Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan pictured with Anne McGrath being presented her award by Minister Aine Brady.
Our Young Carer of the Year, Kelley Farrell was also awarded at the Carers of the Year Awards ceremony for the care she has been providing her mother Nuala since she was 9 years old. Now aged 13 years, Kelley cares for her mother who suffers from a serious back injury. Congratulations to all our regional recipients Joan Baldwin, Carolyn Akintola and Niamh Simon.
Kelley Farrell and Mary Kennedy pictured at the Carers of the Year Awards.
Leinster Carer of the Year 2010 - Joan Baldwin, Co. Kildare
The Carers Association’s Leinster Carer of the Year Award was presented at a special ceremony to Kildare Carer and mum of nine, Joan Baldwin at Royston Club House in Newbridge. Joan Baldwin, from Newbridge, looks after her daughter Patricia who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and brain damage, her son William who is autistic and her daughter Linda who has epilepsy and can no longer speak. They are aged between 36 and 45 and Joan has been providing full-time care for them since they were born. Joan, a mother of nine children, also cares for her husband who is blind.
Nominations for Joan all cite the phenomenal care she provides to her children and her husband. One nomination describes Joan as a true angel and says she is such a humble person she doesn’t realise how wonderful she is for all the care she provides.
Speaking on the awards Catherine Cox of The Carers Association says, “We are delighted to be presenting this award to Joan who has dedicated her life to caring for her family and her children and husband who require special care. Joan continues to be an inspiration to those who nominated and know her and is truly deserving of the accolade of Leinster’s Carer of the Year 2010.”
Munster Carer of the Year 2010 - Anne McGrath, Co. Tipperary
The Carers Association’s Munster Carer of the Year Award was presented at a special ceremony in the Minella Hotel, Clonmel, to Carer Anne McGrath from Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Anne McGrath looks after her ten year old daughter, Tamara, who suffers from the neurological disorder Canavans disease, an incredibly rare and fatal disease which leaves children severely mentally and physically incapacitated.
Anne has previously lost two children to Canavans disease, David in 1989 and Mark, Tamara’s twin brother, three years ago. Anne devotes every hour providing full-time care for Tamara.
Speaking on the awards Catherine Cox of The Carers Association says, “We are delighted to be presenting this award to Anne, who has dedicated her life to caring for her family. Anne has suffered much hardship at the hands of Canavans disease and it is the mark of a strong woman that she continues to care so selflessly for her daughter Tamara. We are delighted to be able to present the Munster Carer of the Year award to her.”
The Carers Association's Dublin Carer of the Year Award 2010 was presented at a special ceremony to Tallaght carer, Carolyn Akintola, at the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght. Carolyn is the sole Carer for her mother Elsie who is in a wheelchair. Elise has kidney failure and is on dialysis. She also has osteoporosis, arthritis, possible Parkinson's and Diverticular disease. Carolyn provides full-time care for her mum despite also being in a wheelchair herself. Carolyn has
Ehlers-danlos syndrome, high blood pressure, a heart defect and asthma.
Carolyn is recognised as a great ambassador for The Carers Association. Along with her dog Dougal she participated in The Carers Association's National Fund-raising Dog Walk earlier in the year and raised the most money in the country. Speaking on the awards Catherine Cox of The Carers Association says, "We are delighted to be presenting this award to Carolyn who has dedicated her life to caring for her mother while suffering from illness herself. Carolyn is a great ambassador for The Carers Association and as well as caring for her mother, does so much to help the organisation. We are delighted to award this accolade to Carolyn for 2010."
Carolyn pictured with her mother Elsie and Cathy White, Clondalkin Carers Association Manager.
Connaught/Ulster Carer of the Year 2010 - Niamh Simon
The Carers Association’s Connacht / Ulster Carer of the Year Award was presented at a special ceremony yesterday evening to Niamh Simon, of Boyle, Co. Roscommon, at the Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon. Niamh has dedicated the last four years of her life to caring for her son Tommy who suffers with a terminal cardiac and neurological illness. Tommy was born 12 weeks premature with many difficulties including cerebral palsy, having no spleen and blindness.
Niamh provides round the clock care for Tommy. She gives him his medication, bathes him, sings to him, laughs with him, and cries for him. Speaking on the awards Catherine Cox of The Carers Association says, “We are delighted to be presenting this award to Niamh, who has been providing permanent care for her son Tommy. She comforts him round the clock making sure he has what he needs, and is truly deserving of this year’s Carer of the Year award for the Connacht and Ulster region”
Young Carer of the Year 2010 - Kelley Farrell, Co. Offaly
Singer Simon Casey presented a local award to Young Carer of the Year, Kelley Farrell (13) from Daingean, Co. Offaly in a special ceremony at The Carers Association headquarters in Market Square,Tullamore this evening. Thirteen year old Kelley was nominated by her father Sean for the care she provides for her mother Nuala since she was nine years old. Nuala is unable to look after herself due to a very serious back injury and three major failed back operations. Kelley is an only child, and Sean has to work, so Kelley has taken over the caring of Nuala. She has had to grow up very fast and has missed out on many typical childhood experiences due to her caring role.
Even at Christmas a most magical time for children, Kelley puts her Mother first and helps with the Christmas shopping and cooking to make Christmas a special time for the family. Kelley is up at 7am every morning to give Nuala her breakfast and helps her wash. After school, Kelley helps with the cleaning and prepares Nualas lunch. Kelley is described as always being cheerful, full of life and an inspiration to all adults.
Speaking on the awards Catherine Cox of The Carers Association says,"We are delighted to be presenting this local Young Carer of the Year award to Kelley who has devoted her life to caring for her mother, while giving up so much of her childhood. She is a great ambassador for Carers and Young Carers alike."
Kelley with her parents, Simon Casey and National Office Staff of The Carers Association.
Lee Anne Greville, Kelley and Sheilah Kinsella, The Carers Association.
Carers of the Year Awards 2010
The nomination process has now ended for our Carers of the Year Awards and all those nominated will receive a special certificate towards the end of the year. Our four regional recipients (Munster/Leinster/Connacht & Ulster/Dublin) will be announced shortly along with our Young Carer of the Year.
Enda Egan, CEO, Minister Eamon O'Cuiv, James Doyle, Emergency Response and Patron Mary Kennedy pictured at the Carers of the Year Awards 2010 Launch.
Kildare Carers pictured at the Carers of the Year 2010 launch along with Mary Kennedy and Newbridge Centre Manager, Anne Flynn.
Carers of the Year 2009
Congratulations to Irelands Carers of the Year for 2009 - Paddy & Anne Peppard.
Paddy & Anne Peppard from Trim, Co. Meath were announced Irelands Carers of the Year 2009 at an awards ceremony in the Westbury Hotel on Wednesday 18th November. The Peppards who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this week, have an extraordinary life story. They currently provide care for their 42 year old son, who received brain injuries and is wheel-chair bound following a car accident where he was knocked down at the age of four. Paddy and Anne have three other grown-up children, also provided full time care for their six other children who all tragically passed away from Cystic Fibrosis as infants.
Presenting the awards to the regional and overall recipients of the Carers of the Year Awards were patrons of The Carers Association, TV presenter Mary Kennedy, football legend, Mick O'Dwyer and Minister for Older People, Aine Brady.
Anne & Paddy Peppard - Irelands Carers of the Year 2009
The Young Carer of the Year Award was presented to Maria Maher from Ballincollig, Cork who has looked after her mother ,Mary, since she was 13 years old. Mary is a permanent wheelchair user following an accident and Maria helps her with her daily needs. She combines her caring role with a course in UCC. Maria was presented with her award by Mick O'Dwyer, Patron of the Association.
Mary Kennedy, Young Carer of the Year Maria Maher & Mick O' Dwyer.
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The awards were sponsored by Emergency Response Ltd, awards lunch sponsored by HSF health plan, advertising by PJT Insurances and award prize by Temple Spa Hotel.
Regional Award Recipients
We are delighted to announce the four regional Carers of the Year 2009 who were chosen from over a thousand nominations received. These carers represent Irelands 161,000 family carers.
Young Carer of the Year: Maria Maher, Cork
Leinster Region: Paddy & Anne Peppard, Trim, Co. Meath
Connaught/Ulster Region: Mary McDevitt, Donegal
Munster Region: Anne Kinsella, Limerick
Dublin Region: Nicky Harris, Dublin 16
All four regional recipients were celebrated at regional ceremonies held in their local areas.
The Carers of the Year Awards are kindly sponsored by Emergency Response Ltd.