Congratulations to Mags Gubbins, Kilfeacle on receiving the 2013 Tipperary Carer of the year award. Mags was nominated for the award by her son Shane for the great care, love and support his mother gives to Daniel his eldest brother who was left severely brain damaged following the removal of a large cancerous tumour soon after he was born.
“It was 2am and I had just finished my studies when I saw an advert on Facebook asking for nominations for the Carer Awards and my mother immediately sprang to mind. I completed the form but didn’t tell her as I thought she’d kill me,” laughed Shane. “She doesn’t like being in the spotlight at all. When I got the call from Richie Molloy, (Area Manager, for the South Tipp Carers Association,) to say she’d won, first I nearly fell down from the shock of her winning secondly for fear of what of mum would say to me.”
Richie Molloy paid particular tribute to Shane. “The judges were very impressed by Shane’s letter outlining his mother’s caring role for Daniel for 21 years. When I called to the house to inform Mags that she had won the Tipperary Carer of the Year Award 2013, there was huge excitement that such deserving person was picked as this year’s winner.”Mags brothers and sisters knew that she had won and were hiding in the room next door when Richie told her the news. They burst in with flowers and champagne and Mags was overwhelmed with it all and started crying. When asked what was one of her mother’s good points Dylan, Mags youngest son said, “Everything… everything about mam is good.”Daniel said of his mam, “ she taught me to sing… I love to sing.” Daniel was recently featured in the Nationalist for winning the singing competition at the Irish Performing Arts Festival run by the COPE foundation earlier this year. “Our mam is the most caring person I know of,” added Shane.