Josie honoured for her lifetime of devoted caring for son John

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District Mayor Martin Lonergan has honoured family carer Josie Cullinane from Clonmel for her 57 years of caring for her son John who has an intellectual disability.

District Mayor Martin Lonergan has honoured family carer Josie Cullinane from Clonmel for her 57 years of caring for her son John who has an intellectual disability.

Josie has dedicated her life to caring for John and her world revolves around him.

She was due to attend a national ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel on February 11 when President Michael D. Higgins presented long-service awards to family carers from around the country but unfortunately she broke her hip and had to undergo an operation, which meant that she sadly missed out on the occasion.

However Richie Molloy, Manager of the Carers Association in South Tipperary ensured that Josie’s long years of caring did not go unnoticed and friends and carers gathered at the Town Hall in Clonmel for a wonderful celebration of her many years of providing loving care to her son John.

Richie congratulated Josie on her award and stated that it could not have gone to a more deserving lady.

In attendance also was Alice Dunne from Tipperary who was present at the recent ceremony in Dublin and who cares for her daughter Imelda, who has Down Syndrome; and also for her husband.

Alice has been caring for almost 40 years.

Catherine Cox, Head of Communications with the Carers Association spoke at the ceremony about the awards and what they represent.

“This is the first year that we have hosted these awards in recognition of the loving care and long years of caring that family carers such as Josie and Alice are providing.

Quite often the work of family carers goes unnoticed so it is fitting that we should take the time to say thank you to these carers for all that they contribute, not just to their loved ones but to our society in general” said Ms. Cox.

RIGHT: Catherine Cox, Head of Communications with the Carers Association made a presentation to Josie Cullinane when she was honoured by District Mayor Martin Lonergan (second from right) for her 57 years of loving care for her son John. Also included is Richie Molloy, manager of the Carers Association in South Tipperary.