Our Carlow Careplus Carer of the Year is Patrick Grant. Patrick cared for his wife, Teresa, for fifteen years until she sadly passed away in September this year. Patrick’s love for Teresa shone through everything he did and they did everything together. Teresa is deeply missed by Patrick and his family.
Our Cavan Careplus Carer of the Year is Paula Robinson. Paula cares full time for her 87 year old mother, Mary, who has Alzheimers and her 92 year old father, Jimmy, who is living with bowel cancer and her two children. Paula has been described by her sisters, friends and family as a positive selfless person. Paula is always smiling and has time for everybody in her life. Family and friends wanted her to know how much she is appreciated and as a ‘thank you’ for all she does.
Our Clare Careplus Carer of the Year is Helen Kelly. Helen was nominated by her daughter, Pamela, who says her mum is amazing. Helen has been caring for her son, Ross, who has special needs and also her husband, Michael, who suffered a massive stroke 12 months ago. Clare always has a smile on her face and never looks for anything for herself.
Our Cork Careplus Carer of the Year is Martin Nevin. Martin was nominated by his wife, Evie, who has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Their two children, Alex (7) and Olivia (2) are also living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Martin cares for them. In Evie’s own words “Martin has taken his vows of in ‘sickness and in health’ seriously and she wants him to be recognized for the amazing person he is.
Our North Dublin Careplus Carer of the Year is Tanya Walter. Tanya, a mother of three children, cares for her mother who is a diabetic with CMT disease, an inherited condition which damages the nerves. This has progressively reduced her mobility. Tanya herself is living with CMT as are two of her three children. Tanya provides loving care to her family and is truly a strong, resilient woman.
Our South Dublin Careplus Carer of the Year is Eileen Connors. Eileen cares for her grand-daughter, Casey, aged 5 who was born with Epidermalosa Bulossa – a rare skin disease which involves very high level of care each day. Eileen lovingly cares for Casey and her nominators say she is an amazing lady.
Our Donegal Careplus Carer of the Year is Kathleen McBride. Kathleen cares for her son Martin who lives with Down Syndrome. He also had open heart surgery and a stroke. Kathleen is a lovely lady who looks after her son with pride. Her nominations say she is a great friend and is always there to help other carers and listen with an open heart.
Our Galway Careplus Carer of the Year is Claire Brennan. Claire looks after her husband who has a rare genetic disease and has had several strokes. She has been looking after him for over 30 years. Claire herself has Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma but only worries about her husband. Nominations says Claire is a very selfless person and deserves to be recognised for all that she does for her husband and others.
Our Kerry Careplus Carer of the Year is Liz Forde. Liz is the mother of seven children and three of her children are living with disabilities. Her daughter Ellie has Asperger’s syndrome. Gwen has hypomobility syndrome and requires 24/7 care. Cillian is living with brain damage, is peg fed and has epilepsy dystonia and sleep apnea. Cillian’s condition is life limiting which is tough for the family. Liz’s nominations say she always makes the most of every day and is an amazing woman.
Our Kildare Careplus Carer of the Year is Emer Moore. Emer looks after her three children who are 16, 10 & 5. Her 16 year old son has cerebal palsy and also suffers with epilepsy. Her 10 year daughter and 5 year old son have juvenile arthritis. Claire’s nominations say she never complains and cares for her 3 children lovingly.
Our Kilkenny Careplus Carer of the Year is Lisa O’ Shea. Lisa looks after her daughter Jodie who is 13. As a result of complications at birth, Jodie is living with severe developmental delay. Lisa is an inspiration to everyone in how she has coped. She is such an amazing person and deserves recognition for the care she provides to Jodie.
Our Laois Careplus Carer of the Year is Pauline Gill. Pauline cares for her foster daughter, Lorna, with a disability. Pauline is a very warm person & always sees the ability and not the disability & deserves to recognised for her dedication & care that she provides to her daughter.
Our Leitrim Careplus Carer of the Year is Mary Doherty. Mary looks after her daughter Niamh who is living with Down Syndrome and has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia. Mary has had to give up employment & her whole time now revolves around caring, worrying and protecting Niamh. Mary’s nominators are humbled by her and really appreciate what she does.
Our Limerick Careplus Carer of the Year is Jessica Bennett. Jessica cares for her 3 children who all have diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD & anxiety disorders. Last year the stress took its toll & Jessica was hospitalised twice with suspected strokes. However, this does not stop Jessica from continuing to provide the best care a mother and carer could give.
Our Longford Careplus Carer of the Year is Michael Reilly. Michael provides full-time, 24/7 care for his wife Mary who lives with MS. Michael carries out all the tasks required to keep Mary comfortable at home including housework, preparing meals and feeding. His nominators say he is a very kind and caring person.
Our Louth Careplus Carer of the Year is Dianne Arthur. Dianne looks after her daughter Kim & has been caring since 2013. Kim has a rare genetic condition. She could dislocate her joints up to 20 times a day & cannot be left alone. Dianne takes her daughter to London every 12 weeks for treatment. She never complains & has put her life on hold to care for her daughter.
Our Mayo Careplus Carer of the Year is Marie Gill O’Neill. Marie looks after her son Lucas who lives with Down Syndrome. Lucas requires round the clock care. Marie’s love, devotion and dedication to Lucas is exemplary and inspirational. She is truly an amazing woman.
Our Meath Careplus Carer of the Year is Albert Smith. Albert has cared for his wife Olive for a number of years. He was diagnosed with cancer himself but still continues to care lovingly for his wife. He is the definition of a true gentleman, always upbeat.
Our Monaghan Careplus Carer of the Year is Gerard McKenna. Gerard cares for his mother Rose, who continues to live at home with Gerard’s support. Gerard is also running the family farm while taking care of his mother.
Our Offaly Careplus Carer of the Year is Nancy Nestor. Nancy is caring for her husband Michael for over 20 years. Nancy has carried out her caring role in a low key way for many years and has never sought any recognition for the care that she provides.
Our Roscommon Careplus Carer of the Year is Mary Moore. Mary looks after her daughter 24/7 with very little help from morning until night. Mary has looked after her daughter for the past 42 years. She has been nominated by her husband William who says she is an “amazing woman.”
Our Sligo Careplus Carer of the Year is Mary Rooney. Mary cares for her son Paul who has Down Syndrome as well as a severe intellectual disability. Mary also cares for her 96 year mother who has dementia. Mary is always cheerful, kind & sympathetic to everyone despite the enormous burden of her caring duties.
Our Tipperary Careplus Carer of the Year is Rose Fitzgerald. Rose cares for her husband who is living with throat cancer. Rose has given up employment to care for her husband & also looks after their twin boys aged 12.
Our Waterford Careplus Carer of the Year is Jimmy O’Keeffe. Jimmy has been providing care to his friend Susan for the past 4 years. Susan is a double amputee and also has Spina Bifida. Jimmy ensures that Susan gets to all her health appointments and is always there to provide care to Susan.
Our Westmeath Careplus Carer of the Year is Geraldine Hayes. Geraldine cares for her daughter Chloe Marie who is 8 years old and has juvenile Huntington’s Disease. Chloe requires 24 hour care and Geraldine’s nominations say she is one in a million, a rare pearl and the most kind hearted loving mum.
Our Wexford Careplus Carer of the Year is Fiona Kelly Campbell. Fiona cares for her three children – Jay, Sam and Daniel – 2 of whom were born prematurely. her youngest son has special needs. Her oldest daughter was also born with a chronic illness. All three require frequent visits to hospital. Fiona was very close to her dad who sadly passed away last year. She is now looking after her mum as well. lost her Dad in the past year whom she was very close to and is now also looking after her Mum.