Tom Maher (Chairperson of Offaly Talking Newspaper) thought it fitting that in this, the International Year of the Volunteer, the stalwart volunteer Jim Kenny should be honoured on his retirement from Offaly Talking Newspaper.
The project began in 1994, with Jim on board, in the Christian Brothers School. Having moved around, home is now Cloghan House in the Health Centre, Arden Road.
The talking newspaper depends entirely on volunteers who, every Wednesday, prepare tape recordings of excerpts from the local newspapers for the blind and partially blind. Jim was also hugely involved in Macra na Feirme and many other voluntary organisations.
The team of readers and helpers, both past and present, were delighted to attend a farewell luncheon for Jim and to wish him well in his retirement.
Tom Maher (Chairperson) spoke warmly of Jim and said he was the heart, soul, body and life of the project and was a credit to Offaly and to volunteering. John Kincaid (HSE) was honoured to acknowledge Jim’s involvement in not only the Offaly Talking Newspaper but in many other areas as well. Stephen Stokes and Barbara Murphy also paid tribute to Jim. He will be greatly missed by all at Offaly Talking Newspaper. All present extended best wishes to him and his wife Teresa on his retirement.
Jim thanked all those who had helped through the years and gave a lovely account of the history of the project. He was presented with an item of Bog Oak on which rested a carved Harp as well as a framed scroll in recognition of his volunteerism, for which he was nominated by Offaly Talking Newspaper.