Dublin’s Eimear Byrne announced as finalist for 2018 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

Eimear Byrne Dublin Greenhills


 Eimear Byrne from Dublin has been recognised for the exemplary volunteer work carried out in her local community as Pramerica announced its 20 finalists for the 2018 Spirit of Community Awards, the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind. A sixth-year student from St Pauls Secondary School in Greenhills, Eimear Byrne volunteers as a patient carer at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. Starting early each Saturday morning Eimear spends her time making sure the patients are comfortable offering them tea, coffee and snacks as well as reading to them and keeping them company.

Following training Eimear is able to take some of the patients out to mass as well as to the shops and restaurants to offer them a change of scenery. Whilst some days can be challenge, Eimear is always patient and understanding towards the residents and find the experience a rewarding one just to see someone else smile because of her efforts. Eimear’s principal commented, “Eimear is A very modest student who is diligent and enthusiastic and always displays excellent school spirit when it comes to our events. I am delighted to put Eimear forward for this award and to give her the recognition she deserves for the fabulous volunteer work she is doing.”

The programme which is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield. “Each year I continue to be humbled by the incredible volunteer work carried out by teenagers and young people in towns and villages across Ireland,” said Andrea McBride, vice president, Pramerica Systems Ireland. “From caring for disabled relatives to helping people with learning disabilities, brain injuries and dementia, so much of the volunteering activities that young people are involved in is going under the radar. Our awards programme aims to shine a light on these dedicated students, by applauding their achievements and encouraging others to give back to their hometown.”

The post-primary students will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the awards ceremony on 22nd March at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. This year the top two Junior Honourees will also receive an additional €500 for their chosen charity for the first time. At the event, two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year, receiving €1,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.

For more information about the 2018 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, which is supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige, follow the Pramerica Spirit of Community Snapchat (Pramerica.soc) Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter feed @Pramerica_SOC, or visit spirit.pramerica.ie


The 20 finalists are:
Áine Sweeney, from Letterkenny, a Fifth-year student at Loreto Secondary School

Aimee Melaugh, a Fourth-year student at St. Mary’s College Derry

Anna Phelan, from Kilkenny, a Sixth-year at Loreto Secondary School

Ariadna Gómez-Kelly, from Westport, a Fourth-year student at Sacred Heart School

Caoimhe Bennett, from Omagh, a Sixth-year student at Loreto Grammar School

Ciana Roberts, from Bangor, a Sixth-year student at Our Lady And St Patrick’s College

Ciaran McGinley, from Derry, a Fifth-Year student at St Joseph’s Boys’ School

Ciaran O’Kane, from Limavady is a Sixth-year student at Loreto College

Diolain Ward, from Derry, a Sixth-Year student from St Joseph’s Boys’ School

Daniella Timperley, from Randalstown, a Sixth-year student at St Louis Grammar School

Éabha McMahon, from Cork, a Sixth-year student at St Angela’s College Cork

Eimear Byrne, from Dublin, a Sixth-year student from St Pauls Secondary School

Elaine Magee, from Lifford, a fourth-year student at The Royal and Prior School

Grace Mawhinney from Belfast, a Sixth-year student at St. Louise’s Comprehensive College

Jessica McMahon, from Kildare, Sixth year student at St Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge

Michael Carroll, from Tipperary, a Sixth-year student at Borrisokane Community College Borrisokane

Niall Gosson, from Rush, a Sixth year student from St Joseph’s Secondary School

Orlagh Wilson, from Derry, a Sixth-year student at St Cecilia’s College

Rebecca McKersie from Belfast, a Sixth-year student at Ashfield Girls’ High School

Shane Lawless from Galway, a Fifth-year student at Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Carmore


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