The 2018 Monaghan Volunteer Awards took place at the Garage Theatre in Monaghan on the evening of 20th September. It was attended by volunteers who had been nominated for one of the four awards, with their families and friends. The volunteers ranged in age from early teens to 80's and volunteer across a great range of activities. Guest speakers were Minister Heather Humphreys and Dessie Mone, Monaghan GAA player. Great entertainment was provided by a group of musicians from Fermanagh led by Sinéad Connolly, joined by musicians currently living at St. Patrick's Accommodation Centre.  Well done to all the nominees and winners and thanks to all who helped made it such a lovely occasion. 

 

Young Volunteer of the Year Conan O'Neill received his award from MID board member Fiona Duffy. 

 

 

Kathleen O'Hanlon received the Lifetime Achievement Award for 55 years of promoting water safety, as a swimming teacher and examiner. Kathleen is pictured with Minister Humphreys and MID CEO Gabriel O'Connell. 

 

The Volunteer Group of the Year Award went to the Solas Drop In Centre. 

 

The Volunteer of the Year award was shared between Alice Creagh and Gerry Murdock. 

Twenty-six individuals and groups have been nominated for the Monaghan Volunteer Awards, across four different categories. The nominees volunteer across a great range of different organisations, from water safety to English tutoring. Judging will take place next week and we predict our judges will have some difficult decisions to make. 

Once judging is complete we will be in touch will all of the nominees and those who nominated them with invitations to the awards ceremony. It will take place on the evening of Thursday 20th September at the Garage Theatre in Monaghan. So if you know you've been nominated please keep the date free.