[24.04.2019] Today, Family Carers Ireland launched its annual Carer of the Year Awards for 2019. The event was hosted by broadcasters and patrons of the charity Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan in The Westin Hotel, Dublin.
The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the remarkable contribution of Ireland’s 355,000 family carers. Family Carers Ireland takes pride in recognising the huge sacrifice and commitment made by family carers in Ireland through the Carer of the Year Awards. Ireland’s family carers are providing on average 45 hours of care each week in their homes with many providing 24/7 care. The impact financially, socially and in terms of their own physical and mental health can be immense.
Speaking at the launch Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement said:
“Family carers play a key role in alleviating the ongoing problems within our health care system such as bed shortages, over-crowding and long waiting lists.
“The dedication and sacrifices made to achieve this are often overlooked and not fully understood.
“The awards offer an opportunity for family carers to be acknowledged in their own right.”
Once again, the role of young carers, those under the age of 18, will be acknowledged with a separate awards category. The 2018 awards saw an increased number of nominations for young carers across the country.
The launch was attended by 2018 Carer of the Year Brenda O’Connell Barry who cares for her son Fionn (4) who has NACC1, a rare genetic mutational condition. Also present were 2018 Young Carers of the Year Shauna Tighe (14), Alanna Connolly (17), Sean Ryan (10), Harry (14) and Molly Flynn (11) and Young Carer Ambassador Adam Hyland (15).
Family Carers Ireland encourages communities, health professionals, friends and families of carers and young carers to nominate them for the 2019 Carer of the Year Awards.
Nomination forms are available online at www.familycarers.ie or through contacting our Freephone National Careline 1800 240724.
The Carer of the Year Awards will be presented at a ceremony which takes place in Dublin in November 2019.