our heros - 2011
Dr. Danny Bell is the founder of www.friendlycallservice.com (IndeCare). This name really does sum up the proposition of this organisation. Throughout the country elderly people receive a call daily from Danny or one of his many kind staff. The modest head quarters are run on a shoestring budget but deliver a highly valuable service to many senior citizens. They have detected the early signs of a stroke and saved many lives through their careful listening and established relationships with “clients”. Vote now
The leaders of the 104/144th Blanchardstown Scout group, give up a big chunk of their free time to plan & run events which keep in excess of 130-140 children in our community active. These include day and overnight outings, weekends away, and a summer camp either in Ireland or abroad. The scout troop has existed for over 36 years in Blanchardstown and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in St Francis Xavier’s School. Vote now
Sally Burke is a mother of 4 and lives in Clonsilla, Dublin 15. She is often seen bag packing in local supermarkets, calling out the lotto numbers at St Peregrines GAA Club or leading large groups of senior citizens on social outings. Sally will be running the mini marathon this year for The Blue Cross. Preparing Christmas dinners for countless people is an annual event Sally takes in her stride. We are delighted to have Sally on board. Vote now
Mary Byrne is a mother of 5, grandmother of 7 and community mother to hundreds of children in Finglas. She has played a huge part in her community since the 1970’s. She is currently chairperson and treasurer for St Brigids Girls School despite not having children in the school. Mary fundraises for many organisations throughout the year and supports many young mums. Mother and toddler groups, Friday breakfasts for kids, summer camps, her list of community engagement is endless. Vote now
Paddy Christie & Ballymun Kickhams. Paddy made his inter-county senior debut for the Dublin senior football team against Armagh in April 1995. He was selected in the 2002 GAA All Stars Awards team at full-back. Paddy has gone out of his way to work closely with thousands of budding GAA All Stars on multiple development programs. In 1997 Paddy began coaching the Ballymun Kickhams, under 10's and will by supporting the club should he make it to the final! Vote for Paddy!. Vote now.
Aisling Cleary and SNA’s of St Xavier. Aisling, along with the Special Needs assistants, set up and run the special unit for autistic children within St. Francis Xavier Junior National school. Aisling and the SNAs work, gives autistic children the opportunity to experience mainstream schooling. The project is enthusiastically supported by the entire staff of St. Francis Xavier Junior school and the principal Ms Heidi Collins. Vote now.
Roisin Cloake has worked as a youth development officer for the last 12 years in the Finglas Youth Service aka "The Den". They offer a non-judgemental holistic approach to all the young people, parents, community organisations & volunteers. Roisín along with her colleagues networks within her community to provide support mechanisms & expertise to aid young people reaching their full potential in life. Roisín is a dynamo in Finglas. Social inclusion, character building and education are her key priorities. Go on Roisín. Vote now
Terry Concannon has been a part of Tolka Rovers Football Club for the last 45 years. During this period he dedicated his time coaching school boy teams from the ages of 6 to 18. Recently Terry has had 2 hip replacement operations but he has still returned to coach one of Tolka Rovers youngest teams, the under 7's. Terry is also heavily involved in charity work. He has been fundraising for the last 15 years for Dystonia Ireland, a charity which is very close to Terry's heart. Go on Terry! Vote now
Ellen Cogavin is chairperson of a committee which acquired € 1.2m for First Steps Childcare Facility Dunshaughlin and a coordinator of Senior Alert scheme providing emergency call pendants to OAPs. She is also president of Dunboyne & Kilbride SVP. Ellen has lobbied for the rights of patients within our health system for many years. Community groups and charitable organisations have been able to achieve more as a result of Ellens' great work. Her recent fundraising work as coordinator for Daffodil Day and fund raiser for the Special Olympics make Ellen a true hero. Vote now.
Ann Colgan is originally from county Cork and has been involved in sports from an early age. She has played inter county camogie for both Dublin and Cork and won all Ireland medals in the process. Ann dedicates all of her time to Verona Football Club which is one of the oldest Football clubs in Dublin 15. The children and parents of Dublin 15 will be supporting Ann throughout this campaign. Vote now
Ellen Conroy Donohue worked for Hanro for 20 years as a trainer on the machines. She has recently set up the Finglas West Adventure Club which is of great benefit to the youth of Finglas. She runs the St Kevins and St Jospehs summer camps each year and her efforts to open a drop in centre at St. Kevins school are soon to become a reality. Vote now
Janice Conway conquered many hurdles to achieve her gold Gaisce award, the President's award, a couple of years ago and now spends most of her free time volunteering with them to ensure that others have the same opportunity that she had. Janice has been volunteering with Gaisce and The International Award in London for the last three years. She has volunteered to present workshops, write papers and publications all in the hope of extending the reach of the award to include those who otherwise may not have access to this amazing opportunity. Vote now
Brian Flanagan is the founder and Director of Bekind Ireland. Brian has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the street children of Calcutta. He has received great support from the local community in the Parish of St Thomas the Apostle Laurel Lodge. Over the last three years Brian has worked with Castleknock Community College whose fund raising campaign’s exceeded all expectations. Brian has also organised a number of student trips to Calcutta in conjunction with CCC. Vote now
Anita Fletcher is a mother of four young children and originally from Ballyfermot. She’s known to give 120% to anything she becomes involved in. Anita is the founder of Dancity Ireland, offering a cheaper alternative to 'stage school'. Within two years of opening, they won the All Ireland Championships. Anita is also involved in Hayden's Park Resident’s Association, organising regular clean-ups and events within the community. Vote now
Rosaleen Forde has always been involved in community activities. In the 80's she was a volunteer for the summer project. She worked for the EHB as a home help. In the 90's she volunteered in the swap shop and the Co-op (made uniforms for Riversdale College). For the last ten years she has worked in the Evergreen Active Retirement group. She organises the games & the bingo prizes every week. Throughout the year she organises day trips, parties and 3-5 day hotel breaks away for retirees. She does all this with a smile on her face. Vote now
Finbar Furey, singer, song writer, actor, musician has and continues to be at the vanguard of popularising Irish music throughout the world. He is a master musician on the Uillean Pipes, the Flute , Tin Whistle and Banjo. As a song writer and lead singer with the Fureys who can forget classics such as, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Leaving Nancy, Green Fields of France, Red Rose Cafe and the Lonesome Boatman. Close to Finbars' heart is the struggle the homeless have to face each and every day. Finbar will be supporting local homeless charities. Vote now
Wes Gill has worked as a member of the Order of Malta for 20 years, giving his time daily to the development and care of the community. Having established youth services in Finglas & Ballymun, Wes then went on to set up a weekly social event for elderly residents living alone or housebound within Dublin 11. Wes regularly gives lifts to the elderly and in turn offers welcome company. Refusing to take any thanks or gratitude, Wes is definitely an unsung hero. Vote now
Ginny. Barry and Aideen Byrne are volunteer puppy walkers with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. They take a puppy from about 8 weeks and it comes to live with them for a year or so. Both find it difficult to say goodbye to these dogs after spending so much time together, but for the greater good they go the extra mile. Ginny is working hard for a family who has an autistic child. Vote for Barry and Aideen’s dog to support their cause. Wuf, Wuf! Vote now
John Hennessy is a father of 6 from Corduff, Dublin 15. Normally he is seen walking along the Tolka River, He dedicates allot of time to this river and has been for 14 years. John is a court appointed bailiff and he does his job by running fishing competitions & meetings. He gets fundraising from companies such as Astellas for prizes for the fishing club. Because of him many young boys and girls now have fishing rods & reels. John has used his passion for fishing to help keep kids out of trouble and achieves maximum quality of our natural resources at Tolka River by teaching kids to manage the conditions of the water. Vote now
Eddie Hoare has worked for 15 years with the St Vincent De Paul Mountainview and 15 years with Ladyswell Football Club. Eddie also teaches sports to the 7-12 year old students of Ladys National School. He is actively involved with the summer camps and community games and the Mulhuddart Community Youth Project. Eddie works a busy post round for An Post and still manages to squeeze in all this great work. Good luck Eddie! Vote now
Seaghan Kearney. Six months ago Seaghan had a sudden cardiac arrest in St. Oliver Plunkett's Eoghan Ruadh GAA clubhouse while playing 5 a side with his friends. A donated defibrillator, purchased because of the Awareness Campaign by the Cormac Mc Anallen Trust, and a fireman Terry O Brien, helped to bring Seaghan back to life. Taking the lessons from his experience Seaghan has started an "ACT Campaign" in conjunction with the Mater Heart Foundation to promote the effective use of defibrillators and try to help save more lives from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Vote now.
Ray Kelly is an amiable individual with a very calm and inviting character. He has raised awareness of the uphill struggle for men when it comes to relationship breakdowns. He is a wonderful ambassador for the children who are affected when the family unit breaks down. Ray has helped grow the USFI to what it is today. Suicide prevention, play therapy, family law assistance, counseling and mediation are all part of what Ray does for the greater good. Vote now.
Padraig Keogh was born and lives in Blanchardstown. His work to date has made a positive impact on the lives of families worldwide through his support of organisations such as Mary’s Meals and Cenacolo community. He tours Ireland making presentations to schools and encourages children to donate surplus school materials which he distributes to countries as far as Africa. Padraig has managed to negotiate free delivery with large shipping companies as far as Africa. He established the first Cenacolo Community in Ireland in 1999. Padraig has not allowed spin bifida and hydrocephalus to deter him from reaching out and helping many people. Vote now.
Christy Kinsella was a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Lebanon. Christy helped establish the Lebanon Trust (Ireland). Its purpose is to assist the needy people of Lebanon by helping them to integrate into society, uphold their dignity, and build their life. The Trust's work focuses primarily on children and children's institutions in Lebanon. Volunteers including Christy give their time to work and manage the trust and also help fund it. Vote now
Martin Kirwan, chair of Southern Ireland Pool Federation. “Da” to hundreds of young Ballymunners, after his demanding job in Mongey Plunkett Motors, he organises 4 weekly pool sessions in St Pappin’s for about 400 kids. They promote discipline, teamwork, keeping safe and etiquette. 2 or 3 times a year Da leads teams to the World and European Championships. Participant-funded, these are life-changing experiences. Each year 140 go to international tournaments - half of them young people and 16 with special needs. Vote now
Mick Lynch. originally from County Cavan has lived in Castleknock for the last 20 years. Mick was the founder off Castleknock GAA club, and has shown the determination and drive required to firmly establish the club. Mick's perseverance and the hard work of others at the club have seen it grow from scratch to approximately 1,500 members. Another significant milestone in the club's development was the recent opening of new grounds at Somerton. Vote now.
Betty Maher has inspired many people in Finglas. She has been a volunteer for the Finglas Old Folk Group for over 40 years. Betty has not only provided a “meals on wheels” service but has also organised many outings and activities for the elderly people of Finglas. Still to this day, she fundraises for her own causes and facilititates trips abroad. Betty’s volunteer roles include banker, fund raiser, meal deliverer, bingo caller and more. Vote now.
Daniel Maher. Convent lawns residents have done everything from bucket collecting, to gala nights, to 5 asides, to car boot sales and many more other great fundraising days to raise money for their young neighbour Daniel Maher (20) who's battling cancer. Daniel needs to travel to Germany for his expensive treatment. The residents of Convent Lawns have been amazing and showed what a community is all about by pulling together and using there free time to raise this money to support Daniel and his family during this difficult time! They are truly an amazing group of people! Vote now.
Veronica Mahon is a senior project manager for the Advance project, based in Ballyfermot. The project works on initiatives which were set up to address the different needs within the Ballyfermot area, in relation to drugs and drug use. The project provides a Drop In Service and an Outreach Service to individuals currently involved in drug use in the Ballyfermot area. Veronica and the team go that extra mile every day with a passion for their work. Vote now.
John McGrath has been a voluntary member of St. John Ambulance for the past 50 years. He has spent countless hours helping sick and injured people throughout the community while teaching life-saving skills to the public. John has brought St. John Divisions to individual communities in Castleknock, Blanchardstown, Raheny, Clonsilla, Ballyfermot, Lucan and other parts of Dublin, Louth & Meath, allowing community based training in First Aid. John is well known nationally and throughout the local community for his dedication to helping older people and people with disabilities. Vote now
Fr. Peter McVerry SJ has been working with Dublin’s young homeless for more than 30 years. Many people today say that they would not be alive had it not been for Fr Peter’s advice, counseling and support. He was awarded The Irish Times Living Dublin Award in 2009, Meteor Humanitarian Award in 2006 and ESB Person of the Year Award in 2005. The Peter McVerry Trust has grown from a 3 bedroom flat in Ballymun to a wide range of services catering for young homeless people. Vote now
Valerie Murphy was born and reared in Finglas. She has been a scout leader for 14 years now and is currently the unit leader for East Finglas Scouts. The East Finglas Scouts are the only scouts in Finglas and are currently 127 members strong. This unit is just over 50 years and it is recognised and appreciated by many for its role in providing young people with useful life skills as well as the significant alternative activities it offers children / young adults at important ages. Vote now
Mary O’Connor has given huge support to St. Brigids GAA Club over the years. At present the Club caters for 55 teams at all age levels from nursery under 9 to Adult in Hurling, Football, Camogie, Ladies Football, Handball & Badminton. St Brigid’s has become a great club and a great resource for younger people in the greater Dublin 15 area. Without Mary, we have no doubt this club would not be what it is today. Vote now
Margaret O’Donnell, representing WFTA, has worked tirelessly for the development of the club for 10 years. Another major achievement was her help in the establishment of the all Irish school, Gaelscoil Uí Earcain. This was the first Irish speaking school in Finglas. Margaret was also involved in the formation of Naionra Uí Earcén, an Irish speaking playschool, multiple summer projects, youth clubs, bingo clubs...the list gos on. Vote now.
Father Dan Joe O'Mahony's relentless work has been instrumental in the development of the St. Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown. St. Francis Hospice provides a service of respite and palliative care to people in North Dublin in the advanced stages of cancer and motor neuron disease, as well as support for their families and friends. The Hospice service treats each person with dignity, respect and compassion, irrespective of their cultural or religious background. Vote now.
Francesca Palma works for eBay. She has regularly taken unpaid leave to support a wonderful charity project in Togo, Africa. Thanks to her language skills and big heart she has travelled to Togo on a number of occasions to embrace the project of JMV-Togo which supports initiatives in rural kindergarten, construction of rural libraries and the most of her experience was to support an awareness campaign to inform women about AIDS. Vote now.
Aileen Parsons works for PayPal during the day, She has taken part and promoted numerous fund raising events and charity cycling events to raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation in Ireland. Her personal commitment to this charity has been unwavering and she has brought awareness of this charity to her colleagues. Last year, Aileen cycled from Dublin to Paris and personally raised over €4,000 to help the Irish Hospice Foundation. Vote now.
Albert Pierson otherwise known as “Albie” has been a fixture in Peregrines Gaa club since the early 80's as a player, mentor and he was and still is part of the committee's within Peregrines GAA Club. He helped make Peregrines into the thriving club it is today shaping many young lives along the way. He did all this on a volunteer basis and continues to do it to this day. Show your support and vote for Albie. Vote now.
Jacinta Rigney has lived in Finglas all of her life and is a mother of 3. Jacinta has been a coordinator for St Canices summer project for 10 years and frequently fundraises to make the project activities affordable for parents. The project has 250 members and provide local youth with good clean fun. She also raises money for the Arkhouse Cancer Support Centre which is a cause close to Jacintas heart. Vote now.