The head of relief agency Concern has thanked the people of Tipperary for their support during the year.
Mr Tom Armond says Concern is heavily reliant on the generosity of the Irish public for the work it does in 25 of the worldâ€™s poorest countries.
He says - â€œWe never take your support for granted. We canâ€™t.
â€œI have been Chief Executive Officer at Concern since 2001. In February I leave the aid agency to work as Chairman of the newly formed Constitutional Convention.
â€œIt has been an extraordinary journey where I have witnessed some of the greatest pain and suffering in the world. But I have also seen firsthand the very best of the human spirit. In the midst of devastating earthquakes, horrendous floods and shocking hunger, people perform unimaginable heroic deeds.
â€œOne of the frequent questions that all aid agencies are asked is how much they spend on administrative costs. For every euro Concern receives, 91 cent goes directly to work in the field â€“ something which gives me great pride.
â€œWe are living in difficult economic times and I am conscious of the strains placed upon people and families. I thank you for your continued support and wish you a joyful and happy New Year.