In 2011 almost 300 outstanding volunteers were nominated for an Award. The gala Awards ceremony took place on December 5th in Dublin Castle with guest of honour, President Michael D. Higgins. Guests and nominees were were greeted on arrival by a performance from the ladies choir, Beating Time. The Awards were hosted by RTE’s Claire Byrne and Presented by Rose of Tralee, Tara Talbot.
President Michael D. Higgins presented two outstanding Kildare teenagers, Conor Malone (17) and Conor Kavanagh (18) with the prestigious Volunteers of the Year Award for their work with the Jumping Jellybeans Clubs, at Dublin Castle this evening, Monday December 5th.
Visit Volunteer Ireland’s Facebook page to see a gallery of photos from last year’s event.
“Whether they are using their skills to fundraise, to deliver meals to the house-bound, to set up support groups, to organise activities for deprived young people, to preserve the environment, as we have heard about, to care for the welfare of animals or to contribute and make a difference in many, many other ways, volunteers each day and every day in this country, each act of voluntary participation combines to form the glue, the cement that binds and unifies our society in common purpose."
“I think that it is because it is within a sector that has generosity and altruism at its very foundation that your efforts – and I’m talking about the 33 people, but all of the people who volunteer, have been singled out for praise and distinction, that this event is very important.”
President Michael D. Higgins, Speaking at the 2011 Awards ceremony
Animals and Environment
Ann & Harry McDaid Kerry Society for Protection of Cruelty to Animals, Tralee (Category Winner)
Amanda Braddock Grow it Yourself (GIY)
Colm O’Brien Vegetarian Society of Ireland (VSI)
Arts, Culture and Media
Noreen Ellerker Hunt Museum (Category Winner)
Carol Cotter Spirit Radio.
Claudi Nir PhotoIreland Festival
Campaigning and Awareness Raising
Mark Mitchell MS Ireland (Category Winner)
Jenny O’Dea Tick Talk Ireland
Ted Moynihan Kerry Hospice Foundation
Children and Youth
John Sullivan Foróige, Kilkenny (Category Winner)
Sandra Healy Think Big (O2 & Headstrong)
Ymisi Ojo Integration of All Children in Ireland (IACI) i
Kasia Walkowska Together Razem Support & Integration Centre (Category Winner)
Dan Hooban Ballyfin Support Group
Rosemary Grant Cork Deaf Association
Education and Training (2008 - 2015)
Adrian Rynne DeafHear (Category Winner)
Josie Sheehan Dublin 8 Community Education Centre (D8CEC)
Richard Treacy St. John Ambulance Brigade of Ireland
Emergency and Ambulance Services (new for 2016)
Health and Disability
Finola Cassidy Irish Thalidomide Association (Category Winner)
Conor Malone & Conor Kavanagh Jumping Jellybeans Club
Marie Breen Milford Care Centre
International Development (2008 - 2015)
Amir Davis Amir Public School, Pakistan (Category Winner)
Jenny Kane & Jackie Cullen The Volunteer Projects
Tomás Carolan Chernobyl Children International
William Cassidy Depaul Ireland (Category Winner)
Aislinn Hartnett Focus Limerick
Caitriona Twomey Cork Penny Dinners