2017 National Annual Awards

Our annual National Awards recognise those who through their dedication and selflessness play a significant role in the lives of others and the progress of the Society. In 2017 there are two awards and the categories are... MS Person of the Year and MS Volunteer of the Year

The 2017 National Annual Awards were presented at our 'Living Well with MS' Conference in Sligo on Saturday, 23rd September 2017.

MS Person of the Year

This year we are delighted to announce the winner of 'MS Person of the Year' is...  Paul McGovern

As many of you are aware Paul recently undertook to walk the Wild Atlantic Way, a challenging walk of 1,000 kilometres. This would be no small feat for anyone to undertake but for someone with MS, it is a huge achievement. The Louth Branch are very proud of what Paul has accomplished and he has been accompanied by his wife Karen who walked with him every step of the way. Indeed the Louth Branch felt they both deserved the award.

In 2015 Paul decided to take on a walk from Salthill in Galway to Dunleer in Co. Louth to raise awareness of MS and funds. As far back as 2010, Paul did a skydive on behalf of MS Ireland.

Paul has been described as “a truly amazing person” by Karen who she says he never stops thinking of others, that he puts his own struggles behind him to help others first. Paul is always trying to come up with ideas to raise awareness and funds for MS Ireland and he never really stops. She said she is honoured to have Paul in her life, that he is a real inspiration and deserving of this award.

Paul is truly deserving of the award of MS Person of the Year.

Congratulations to Paul.

MS Volunteers of the Year

This year we are delighted to announce the winners are... Marie Cronin-O’Donoghue & Paddy O’Donoghue

Marie and Paddy Volunteer of the Year 2017Marie and Paddy have been involved with the Society for the best part of thirty years. Marie has served on the committee of the Fermoy Branch and has held officer ship positions on numerous occasions, diligently supporting the MS Community and also assisting new committee members in their elected roles.

They have over the years been the back bone of the Branch’s main fundraiser: The Annual Galtee Walk, taking it forward from year to year, improving it in all its aspects. The volume of work they put in every year is immeasurable.

They have been described as “the silent operators”, because you will never hear them but you will see the work they do, quietly going about their business making sure everyone is ok & well looked after.

A number of years ago they designed a purpose built catering facility so refreshments could be given to all those who walked on the day. It’s filled with a hitch and they tow it with all the equipment to Galtee Mor and store the unit all year round at their home.

They supervise all our Stewards, meet with them before the event to fill them in on  all the Health & Safety aspects of the day, ensuring that everyone is prepared and ready for the task ahead regardless of the changeable  Irish weather

They are on site Sunday morning at 7am until the day is done, (usually 7pm) they are the last to leave, picking up all the directional signs on the way home. Job done….till next year…..Volunteering at its very best

Their commitment, dedication, and diligence to the MS Society is truly appreciated by the Fermoy Branch and all the MS Community in the North & East Cork area. They are just wonderful people and a joy to all who know them.  

Congratulations to Marie and Paddy

Get in touch

For further information please contact alicem@ms-society.ie or call (01) 6781600

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