By Dylan White
Mayor Martin Lonergan has congratulated Cahir local Ann Maire Meany (Burke) on receiving the Tipperary Carer of the Year award.
The Mayor of the Clonmel/Cahir Borough District noted the importance of Ms. Meany’s efforts, who currently looks after her mother, uncle and grandmother.
He highlighted that inspiring acts of care and strength are instrumental to society, and are worthy of “public protection and recognition”.
Mayor Lonergan acknowledged the commitment involved in caring for one’s loved ones, while paying tribute to the ongoing endeavours of the Carers Association under the direction of fellow colleague Cllr. Richie Molloy.
He also placed emphasis on the need for children, adults and the elderly living with an illness or a disability to maintain a sense of dignity in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.
“Home community make us who we are. And everyone is entitled to that sense of home and comfort with their own people in their own place,” he said.
Mayor Lonergan says that the vast majority of people opt for home-based care by family members, encompassing not only duties such as washing, feeding and dressing, but also sharing day to day stories, having a sing-song and making the all important cups of tea.
In addition, he reiterates the empowering contribution carers make in ensuring family members continue to live independent lives and underlines the need for having a Tipperary Carer of the Year award.
“Family carers are the backbone of this country.
Most of us will be carers – or cared for – at some point in our lives .... I again congratulate Ann Marie, she is indeed a deserving winner and I wish her well at the National Awards later in the year.”