Category: BLOG

Catching up with Volunteer of the Year 2015 Matt Cullen

Matt Cullen, Volunteer with Swords Tidy Towns has volunteered for over 40 years. Last year, he was named Volunteer of the Year 2015. He tells us what winning the award meant to him and why he thinks volunteering is so

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Volunteering at Rio 2016

Mary O'Leary was one of a handful of Irish volunteers at last month's Rio Olympics. Having volunteered as a Games Maker at London 2012 she wasn't going to miss the opportunity to have another unique experience. Here, she shares her

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joanne O’Brien, Fairtrade Carlow

The Fairtrade movement in Carlow has been one that first found its roots back in 2004 with Carlow becoming a recognised Fair Trade Town in 2007. Actively creating awareness around the benefits of supporting Fairtrade and how the people of

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Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Fitzgerald

I started volunteering because I wanted to give back! I have always had a deep interest in people and my own personal experiences drove me to look for volunteering opportunities that would have a direct impact on the lives of

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Volunteer Spotlight: Geraldine Warde, Foroige

Geraldine Warde has been a Volunteer leader with Moore Foróige club in South Roscommon for the last 2 years, a role that she greatly enjoys.  I was approached by the club's current leader seeking my interest in becoming actively involved

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Giving back through gardening

Born in Manchester to Irish parents, John moved to Dublin some 30 years ago. After a long career working in building and land investigation, John retired in 2012 and shortly after found his way to the Clondalkin office of South

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It’s not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away

Brent Pope is a New Zealand born rugby player,  professional rugby coach, and  one of Irelands best known and respected media personalities. He has given his time for many charities over the years. Here he tells us why he gives his time and

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Volunteer Profile: Kathy O’Connor

Kathy is a key member of the volunteering family in Donegal and in 2015 received a ME4U Recognition Award for her service from Donegal Volunteer Centre. This is her story. What inspired me to get involved with volunteering was when

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Combining a hobby with volunteering to give back

Paul McCann is a HGV Mechanic by day, emergency medical transporter by night. He tells us how he started volunteering and gives us an insight into the life of a Blood Bikes rider. I first began volunteering for Blood Bikes

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Finding your volunteering rhythm

Claire Byrne, Volunteer & Awardee Programme Development Officer at Gaisce – The President’s Award, tells us how volunteering allows you to use your skills, step outside your comfort zone and have fun! Like everyone, I wish I had more hours

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