Carrick emigrant praised for his voluntary work

Tributes have been paid to an 82 year-old Carrick-on-Suir man for his tireless community work in his adopted home of London

Tributes have been paid to an 82 year-old Carrick-on-Suir man for his tireless community work in his adopted home of London

Michael Shanahan , Pill Road, Carrick-on-Suir and formerly of Ard Mhuire, emigrated to England many years ago and spent the last 26 years in Ariel Road, West Hampstead, London.

While there, he became very much involved with the local community and was instrumental in setting up the Maygrove, Ariel, Iverson and Loveridge (MAIL) Resident's Association.

Michael enjoyed helping and fundraising for the Resident's Association. But now he has decided to retire from his voluntary work as he is not enjoying the best of health at the age of 82.

Mainly because of Michael's retirement, MAIL has recently decided to shut up shop but not before transforming more lives with a final act of kindness.

MAIL had funds of 7,500 left over and decided to present 5,000 to the Marie Curie Hospice in Lyndhurst Gardens and 2,500 in a Trust Fund to pay for care and support for a local boy with special needs.

Secretary of the MAIL Resident's Association Sheila Rooney paid tribute to Michael Shanahan for his endless work for and commitment to the local community.

She said it is sad to see the Resident's Association come to an end.

And as Michael was the one who raised all the money and as it is public money, it was only right that the amount left over went to local charities.