Ireland's Hidden Heroes get the credit they deserve at award ceremony in Dublin
A brave six-year old girl born with dwarfism was among 21 people and organisations given special recognition at the Hidden Heroes Awards yesterday in Dublin.
Ella Murphy O'Connor was all smiles as she received a special recognition award after her nurse Jackie Linnane nominated her for the 'Young Hero' gong.
"She might be small in her height but she is a big hero," said Jackie.
Two hundred people attended the event that aims to celebrate everyday heroes hidden in plain sight. Community volunteers, inspiring individuals and loving carers all received special recognition.
Pharmacist Val Keane was nominated for 'Healthcare Hero' by his boss after he saved the life of a customer who had a severe allergic reaction.
He administered an epi-pen dose to the victim of a wasp sting who was in anaphylactic shock.
Ann Ennis (93) from Wexford town was awarded the 'Age is no Barrier Hero' award for being the longest-serving volunteer in her local Oxfam shop. She has helped there for 25 years and still does three shifts a week.
Neala Clohessy, from Federmore, Co. Limerick, had originally nominated her mother Michelle Dempsey for the 'Family Hero' award after she helped her deal with her husband's terminal illness. Separately, her sister Ciara Dempsey put Neala forward for an award. As a result both mother and daughter were being jointly awarded for 'Triumph over Adversity' award.
"The achievement of the recipients is enormous. It's a lovely microcosm of a very life-affirming energy in this country so it's great to see these people recognised," said host Mary Kennedy.