Patsy McGurk from Cahir was named the Eileen Anderson Unsung Hero Award winner at a ceremony in Clonmel Town Hall.
Patsy was nominated for the huge amount of voluntary work she undertakes in the town.
Darren Ryan, who welcomed Eileen Anderson's family to the ceremony, thanked them for allowing the award to continue in Eileen’s name, ensuring that the work she did for her community and the wider community of Clonmel will not be forgotten about. He thanked the judging panel of Insp. Eddie Golden from Cahir Gardai, Stephanie O’ Dwyer from Tipperary County Council and Joe O’ Sullivan from Clonmel Rotary Club.
Patsy McGurk was nominated for the trojan work she does in the Cahir Area, where she has done so quietly, efficiently but without drawing attention to herself for many years.
Some the groups that Patsy is associated with are - Cahir Park Community Pre-school, Cahir Lions Club, Cahir Second hand bookshop, English classes for Foreign Nationals, Cahir Mens Shed, New Inn & Knockgraffon Choir, Cahir Church Choir and Summer outings for the elderly.
Patsy is held in high affection and appreciation by the people of Cahir for her outstanding contribution to their community life.
She works tirelessly and under the radar for a large number of individuals and groups and has never sought any recognition for her efforts. Speaking on the night a shocked Patsy was overwhelmed at receiving the award and she spoke of how the people of Cahir came to her assistance last year when she needed them the most and thanked them for being there for her.
Darren Ryan, who welcomed Eileen Anderson's family to the ceremony, thanked them for allowing the award to continue in Eileen’s name, ensuring that the work she did for her Community and the wider Community of Clonmel will not be forgotten about. He thanked the judging panel of Insp. Eddie Golden from Cahir Gardai, Stephanie O’ Dwyer from Tipperary County Council & Joe O’ Sullivan from Clonmel Rotary Club.
Rotary Club President Peter O’Donnell congratulated all nominees and expressed his confidence in the new partnership on this award between Rotary and Clonmel Municipal Council and looked forward to the award growing each year. He spoke of the importance of the award and the importance of keeping Eileen’s memory alive.
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