“Not ordinary people but extraordinary people doing extraordinary things,” was how Michael FitzGerarld, chairman of South Tipperary County Council summed up his speech when according a civic reception to the South Tipperary Hospice Movement on Friday evening.
A Council Chamber, overflowing and with standing room only, were all present to acknowledge the unbelieveable work of the Hospice Movement in the county since it was first set up on 6th April, 1990. Speaker after speaker praised the trojan work of countless volunteers who have worked tirelessly over 22 years in making “a real impact in what can only be described as the most difficult times in people’s lives” said Councillor FitzGerald.
He particularly welcomed Majella O’Donoghue, Phil Kehoe and Dr. Sam Kingston from the Hospice Support Group and also mentioned Brendan O’Keeffe, chairperson of STHM, who was unavoidably absent. Anne Grace and Marie Harold-Barry of the Nursing Team were also singled out for their immense contribution.
Looking around the packed Council Chamber and welcoming the invited guests from all over the county, the chairman said that if it had been his wish this event would have been staged in Semple Stadium, so numerous were all the volunteers who have contributed to the work and success of the organisation since its inception. Present in the Chamber were the invited guests only but everyone in the county has helped in some way over the years it seems.
All volunteers in every parish in the county came in for special mention. From a tractor run in Ardfinnan to a vintage car rally in Limerick Junction, from coffee mornings in Cashel and Golden to strawberry fairs in Tipperary Town, and Daffodil Days everywhere, Tipperary people all over have embraced this great organisation and all it does and stands for.
Ballyporeen, Bansha, Burncourt, Camas, Cappawhite, not an alphabetical list of villages in County Tipperary but each and every one mentioned by the chairman in recognition of the hugely important fundraising that they do each year without fail.
(See full report and photos of the civic reception in next week’s issue of The Nationalist)