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Irvinestown Community Partnership celebrates Inspirational Volunteers

23 November 2015

The red carpet was rolled out at Mahonís Hotel last Friday night, as the Irvinestown Community Partnership held their 16th Annual Margaret Wilson Awards.

This dynamic Community Partnership, which consists of 36 community groups from the local Fermanagh  area,encourages its members to nominate those individuals they believe have made an outstanding contribution to both their voluntary group and the wider community.

From the 14 volunteers nominated, only one individual or group is selected to receive the prestigious Margaret Wilson Perpetual Award for Outstanding Voluntary Endeavour. The award is a living tribute to the late Margaret Wilson, the visionary behind the concept of the community partnership.

The volunteers who were nominated represented those who work with young people, who care for older people, who go that extra mile in organising community events to mention but a few. What they all had in common was that these volunteers dedicate their lives to bettering those of others.

Guest Speakers included broadcaster, columnist and author, Father Brian D’Arcy as well as journalist & author Rodney Edwards. Both guests reflected on the ‘extraordinary work carried out by individuals who give their time freely to help others within their local communities.’

After much anticipation the 2015 Margaret Wilson Award winner was announced; Eileen Kearney who was nominated by Irvinestown Scouts.

Gerard McGirr who submitted the nomination, described Eileen as ‘committed’ and ‘dedicated’, so much so that she has never missed a Monday night attendance to her young Beavers in 6 years. Gerard went to on say that ‘Scouting is about the personal development of young people, Eileen contributes to this by enabling her Beavers as individuals, promoting their confidence and skills. This strengthens their personality and interpersonal skills in their early years, allowing them to progress as they get older.’

Eileen joined the Irvinestown Community Development in 1997, and she has held positions of Chairperson and Secretary. She had touched the lives of young and old through her volunteering over the past 18 years.

Speechless at receiving the award, Eileen was grateful and honoured to be chosen as the 2015 Margaret Wilson Perpetual Award for Outstanding Voluntary Endeavour.

Victoria Wilson and Eileen Kearney

Victoria Wilson with winner Eileen Kearney.

Irvinestown Community Development