A total of seventeen people from all over the county have been nominated for the Offaly Person of the Year award. The award is to be presented at The Bridge House, located in Tullamore on the 7th of April. The event is sponsored by MR Noel Tynan, Le Bon Crubeen Restaurant, Talbot Street, Dublin.
Those nominated for the award include;
Sr Xavier O’Brein for her role as principal of Scoil Mhuire and as founder of St Mary’s Youth Club and as a special needs Education advocate.
Ken Smollen for his work in distributing to needy families all over the country.
Jennifer Byrne who in 2017 became the winner of the Rose of Tralee. Since winning, Byrne has made herself accessible for many community and charitable causes.
Vincent Cleary who was nominated for his concern and his respect for his employees.
Gary Farrell who founded Scoliosis Ireland in 2010, he was also the recipient of The Volunteer Ireland award in 2016. Due to Mr Farrell’s lobbying the sum of €9 million has been set aside for orthopaedic services.
Fr Rory O’Brien, who, in 1953 played with Offaly in the junior hurling final and having dedicated his lifetime to service in foreign missions working for sixty years in Nigeria and Cameroon.
Mick Spain who is described as a dedicated worker for Offaly GAA and Drumcullen GAA. Mr Spain is also the main organiser of the Group Water Scheme for English and coordinating the refurbishment of Rath Hall.
Christine White for taking care of her special needs daughter but for also finding time to look after her sister who has had kidney failure.
Willaim McNamee who gave up his career to be a full time carer to his parents. His mother has Parkinson’s disease and only has limited mobility and his father is confined to a wheelchair and suffers with dementia.
Conor Brady for his role as Editor of the Irish Times for having brought the paper to new heights and record circulation figures.
John Carroll, for his aid to the social, educational, economic, sporting and cultural life of the Offaly Community.
John Flanagan who has made a major contribution to economic life in Offaly and the midlands throughout his career which spans several decades.
Margaret Phelan for her role with St Joseph’s Community Centre fundraising and development. Having been involved in many organisations thought her long lifetime, she’s still contributing at 95 years of age.
Seamus Dooley who is currently the Secretary of the National Union of Journalists and has also served as the overall head of the union in Britain during 2017.
Kevin Doyle for raising his meteoric rise in the world of national and local journalism and for being the youngest Political Editor of the Irish Independent ever.
The Tullamore Show is now one of the largest day events of its kind in the country. Having been revived over 25 years ago, the show has made a major contribution to agricultural, social and economic life in Offaly.
The Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, which since opening its doors in 2000 has performed many and varied productions featuring international and national talent.