Majella And 93-Year-Old Micheál Nominated For National Volunteer Awards

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93-year-old Micheál O’Sullivan who has been nominated for a National Volunteer Award.

EARLIER this month we brought you the story of Louise Quill from Ashgrove (click here) who has been nominated for a National Volunteer Ireland Awards.

But there are two more Kerry people, one of whom is 93 year old man, who have also made the shortlist of 30 from over 500 nominations nationwide.

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Majella Forde and Micheál O’Sullivan, volunteers with Irish Red Cross and Ard Cúram Day Care Centre respectively, have also been shortlisted for the awards.

Majella Forde volunteers as an Area Director of Community Services with the Irish Red Cross Tralee Branch.


Majella Forde who has been nominated for a National Volunteer Award.

In the space of 18 months Majella clocked up nearly 900 hours of voluntary duty with the Red Cross ambulance as an Emergency First Responder.

Majella has also taught 200 people first aid at various levels. Every Thursday night Majella volunteers to train a group of 20-40 youths, aged from 12-18.

Micheál O’Sullivan from Listowel volunteered as Chairman of his local Active Retirement Group in 2006 and started a campaign to build a dedicated day care centre for the elderly of the North Kerry region.

Micheál formed a committee and since then has played a pivotal role in fundraising, identifying potential sites and securing grant aid for the project.

Micheál, who is 93 years young, was the driving force and now, thanks the hard work of Micheál and the committee of volunteers, the Centre is under construction.

The Volunteer Ireland Awards is the national campaign to recognise Ireland’s volunteers. 30 shortlisted volunteers and their friends and family will attend a gala Volunteer Ireland Awards ceremony on December 4 in Dublin City Hall in celebration of International Volunteer Day. 10 Category Awardees will be announced at the event.

Geraldine Sheehan, Manager of Kerry Volunteer Centre said; “We are thrilled that Majella, Micheál and Louise have received national recognition for their incredible work. Volunteering is the lifeblood of hundreds of charities, sports clubs and community groups in Kerry. The Volunteer Ireland Awards is all about shining a light on the unsung heroes in our community. Well done to all the shortlisted volunteers and to everyone that volunteers week in week out to help make Kerry a better place to live.”

For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2014 or to read the inspiring stories of the 30 shortlisted volunteers, visit

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