Contribution of local volunteers is honoured at Carlow Volunteer Centre Paddy Looney Awards
On Wednesday 8th March 2017, Carlow Volunteer Centre hosted the Paddy Looney Memorial Award to celebrate the efforts of volunteers across Carlow for the contribution that they are making to their communities. The event itself took place in the Seven Oaks Hotel. Regina Duane, Manager of Carlow Volunteer Centre in her opening remarks “thanked all of the volunteers for the time that they give to their different voluntary organisations.
The Volunteer Awards were held in honour of Paddy Looney. Paddy or Pat as he was known by his family was an active volunteer in a variety of different groups. Paddy qualified as a mechanic in the army and came first in his class in his graduation year. Paddy always paid great attention to detail and operated to very high standards in everything that he did. Paddy was well known around Carlow and beyond for his environmental clean ups. He was regularly seen on the roads around Carlow collecting bags of rubbish which was then collected by Carlow County Council. Paddy had a great love of nature and enjoyed walking the river Barrow but was most at home in the mountains. He was an active member of South East Mountain Rescue and Tullow Walking Club. Paddy brought all of his experience to bear in these roles and was often a mentor and education. There are many testimonies from individuals that Paddy, supported and encouraged as Hill Walkers or Volunteers with SEMRA. He instilled confidence in others and often inspired them to help him with his Environmental Clean Up. Paddy reflected the generosity of spirit in the giving of his time, his hand and his heart for the benefit of others. It was only right that Carlow Volunteer Centre would recognise his legacy with the Volunteer Awards.
The event itself was sponsored by Unum, and Colette Lane of Unum and Michelle O’Hara of Citizens Information both of whom are Board Members of was on hand to present each of the recipients with their awards. Members of Paddy Looneys family were also in attendance on the night, to participate in the event. There were 15 recipients altogether and they represented roles such as Environment, Health, Education, Disability, Sport, Animal Welfare, Older People, Arts & Culture and Social Inclusion. The recipients were joined on the night by their nominees, friends and family and representatives of the community group organisations that they volunteer with. The volunteers ranged in age from 14 to 80 plus and volunteers who were active for 12 months whilst others who volunteered for decades. The event highlighted that volunteering can be for everyone, it’s simply about finding the right role for you. Each volunteer was thanked personally for their volunteering contribution and making their community a better place.
The list of Volunteer Award Recipients and the Organisation they volunteer with is listed below.
Sr. Aine Cullen
|Michael Lennon||Irish Wheelchair Association|
|Mariane McGrath||Carlow Arts Festival|
|Margaret Moran||Alzheimer’s Day Care|
|Fintan Phelan||An Gairdin Beo|
|Sarah Baldwin||A Dogs Life|
|Claire Healy||Carlow Mental Health Association|
|Meals on Wheels||Meals On Wheels|
|Margaret Sweeny||Involvement Centre|
|Deirdre Amond||Teen Parent Support Programme|