Volunteer Ireland Awards Shortlist 2023

 Arts, Culture & Festivals 

  • AWARDEE: Rhys Wallace, Spraoi Street Arts Festival Waterford & Winterval, Waterford 
  • Michael Butler, Louth Volunteer Centre, Louth 
  • Freda Carville and Colleen Hardy, Artisans Dundalk, Louth 

Campaigning & Activism 

  • AWARDEE: Aisling Byrne and Margaret Fox Lennon, DCA Warriors Online Support Group, Dublin 
  • Christine O’Mahony, Mullingar 4 All, Amnesty International, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, ESN Ireland, Westmeath Winter Pride, and Queer Library Alliance, Westmeath 
  • Dave Thomas, Wicklow Pride Festival, Arklow LGBTQ+ Social Drop in Group, and The APIC Centre, Wicklow & Dublin

Children & Youth 

  • AWARDEE: Dermot Moore, Scouting Ireland and Community First Responders, Wicklow 
  • Sarah Ann Buday, Family Carers Ireland, Galway 
  • Mary McDaid, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, Dublin

Environment & Animal Care 

  • AWARDEE: Andy Cullen, Husky Rescue Ireland, Laois 
  • Dónal McCormack, Community Gardens Ireland, Blessington Allotments Campaign, and Blessington & District Forum, Wicklow 
  • Stephen Shanahan, Connecting Cabra, Dublin 

Health & Wellbeing 

  • AWARDEE: Edward Devery, Athlone Community Radio, Westmeath 
  • Diarmuid Gallagher, spunout – Ireland’s youth information and support platform, Dublin 
  • Christy Gorman, Friends of the Elderly, Dublin 

Safety & Emergency Services 

  • AWARDEE: Gary Coffey, Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, Kerry 
  • Gary Hayes, Dun Laoghaire RNLI (lifeboat) and Dalkey Community First Responders, Dublin 

Social Inclusion & Community Support 

  • AWARDEE: Brian Fagan, Brian’s Treasure Chest, Midland Simon, GOAL, and Concern, Westmeath 
  • Jude Mapp, ALONE, Dublin 
  • John O’Sullivan, A District Senior Citizens Holiday Programme, Dublin 

Sports & Recreation 

  • AWARDEE: Peggie O’Neill, Riding for the Disabled, Dublin 
  • Chloe Farrell, Special Olympics Ireland (Team Ireland) and Special Olympics Eastern Region (Swords Basketball Club), Dublin 
  • Tara McLaughlin, Special Olympics Connaught, Sligo 

Volunteer Manager 

  • AWARDEE: Elizabeth Morrin, Children in Hospital Ireland, Dublin 
  • Allen Bobinac, Tiglin – The Lighthouse, Dublin 
  • Barbara Kilbride, St Francis Hospice, Dublin 

Small Group 

  • AWARDEE: Kindness Krew Homeless Group, Cork 
  • 1-to-1 Child and Family Support Volunteers in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Children in Hospital Ireland, Dublin 
  • The Psychological Supporter Team, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway 

Medium Group 

  • AWARDEE: Thrive Balbriggan, Dublin 
  • Irish Red Cross Portlaw Branch, Irish Red Cross, Waterford 
  • Signacare Killerig Residents, Carlow 

Large Group 

  • AWARDEE: In-Patient Unit Hospitality Volunteers, St Francis Hospice, Dublin 
  • Jigsaw Youth Advocates, Jigsaw youth mental health charity, Nationwide
  • Victim Support at Court Volunteers, V-SAC, Dublin