An avid fan of Bruce Springsteen, Daniel Gubbins celebrated by singing a song when his mother Mags received the Tipperary Carer of the Year award last weekend.
Mags Gubbins was presented with a Tipperary Crystal vase by Rebecca Quirke from Cashel, a former Munster Carer of the Year, at a reception hosted by the Mayor of Clonmel Pat English at the Town Hall on Friday night.
21 year-old Daniel, from Kilfeacle, was left severely brain damaged after a large cancerous tumour was removed from his brain shortly after his birth. He is wheelchair bound and suffers from many mental and physical disabilities.
His rare condition, one of an extremely small number in the world, left his family fearing that he would never talk, walk, laugh or smile. However he has proved most of that gloomy diagnosis wrong, according to his 18 year-old brother Shane, who nominated his mother for the award.
“Dan is an amazing personality who would talk the ear off you. He loves to sing and has a great sense of humour”, says Shane.
Richie Molloy, manager of the South Tipperary Carers Association, says “the awards are a great way of recognising family carers for the huge work they do. More often than not people think of the person being cared for, more so than the carer. There are 6,000 family carers in Tipperary and Mags is a great representative of all those people”.
Deputies Tom Hayes, Seamus Healy and Mattie McGrath were present at last week’s award presentation.
“The association felt it was a fitting tribute that the three Oireachtas members turned up for the occasion”, said Mr. Molloy.
The Mayor paid tribute to Mags Gubbins as a very deserving winner of the award.
Cllr. English also praised the Carers Association for its work for family carers throughout the county.
As Tipperary Carer of the Year Mags Gubbins progressed to the final of the National Carer of the Year award, the winner of which was announced yesterday (Tuesday), and which wasn’t known at the time of writing.