Volunteer Ireland Awards Shortlist 2022

Arts, Culture & Festivals 

  • AWARDEES: Veronica Kelly and Sarah Wood, Leitrim Pride, Leitrim 
  • Denis Cronin, Choral Con Fusion LGBTS+ Inclusive Choir, Cork 
  • Stevie O’Donnell, multiple festivals and organisations, Tipperary 

Campaigning & Activism 

  • AWARDEE: Bertie O’hAinmhire, Trócaire, Galway
  • Chloe Heaslip, Be Buddies Not Bullies Campaign, Cavan 
  • Philip Hulme, SERVE, Cork 

Children & Youth 

  • AWARDEE: Edel Finn, Books for Ukrainian Children in Ireland, Dublin
  • Paulene Devereux, Cottage Autism Network, Wexford 
  •  Brendan Hoyne, Scouting Ireland, Kilkenny 

Environment and Animal Care 

  • AWARDEE: Carmel Rooney, The Cat and Dog Protection Association of Ireland, Meath
  • Louise Mitchell, Burren Animal Rescue, Clare 
  • Mary Murtagh, Louth Tidy Towns Together, Louth 

Health & Wellbeing 

  • AWARDEE: Teresa Condron, Rossinver Calling, Leitrim 
  • Dermot Crowley, Recovery Haven Kerry – Cancer Support House, Kerry 
  • Tony Wilkinson, Cork Parkinsons, Cork 

Safety & Emergency Services 

  • AWARDEE: Karen Smyth, Louth and East Meath Defibrillator Unit & Cú Chulainn Blood Bikes, Louth
  • Ria Coady, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue
  • Terence Reilly, Civil Defence & Irish Red Cross, Meath 

Social Inclusion and Community Support 

  • AWARDEE: Ini Usanga, Love and Care for People, Cork 
  • Evelyn Bracken, Victim Support at Court, Dublin 
  • George Smith, Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Dublin 

Sports & Recreation 

  • AWARDEE: Pat Hayes, Clonmel Town FC, Tipperary 
  • Gwen Maher, Cumann Báire Setanta, Dublin
  • Mick Toner, Drogheda Town FC, Louth 

Volunteer Manager 

  • AWARDEE: Carmel Murray, Irish Cancer Society, Dublin
  • Dan Donoher, Kildare Wildlife Rescue, Kildare 
  • Michelle King, Barnardos, Dublin 

Large Group 

  • AWARDEE: Volunteer Driver Service – Irish Cancer Society, Nationwide 
  • Tidy Drimnagh, Dublin 
  • Volunteer Befrienders – Spirasi, Nationwide 

Small Group 

  • AWARDEE: Steering Committee – Clonmany Mental Health Association, Donegal 
  • Volunteer Bereavement Support Services – St Francis Hospice, Dublin 
  • National Action Panel – spunout, Nationwide