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Bridie Norris wins unsung hero award

Bridie Norris received the Eileen Anderson Unsung Hero Award for her voluntary work in the community from Jimmy Anderson, husband of the late Eileen. Also present were Mayor Pat English and organising committee member Darren Ryan.

Bridie Norris received the Eileen Anderson Unsung Hero Award for her voluntary work in the community from Jimmy Anderson, husband of the late Eileen. Also present were Mayor Pat English and organising committee member Darren Ryan.

Bridie Norris, a volunteer for approximately 40 years, has been honoured with the Eileen Anderson Unsung Hero award in Clonmel.

Bridie Norris, a volunteer for approximately 40 years, has been honoured with the Eileen Anderson Unsung Hero award in Clonmel.

Bridie, from Clarke’s Villas, Clonmel, is described as a kind, caring lady who is ready to help others at a moment’s notice.

The organisation closest to her heart is the Dolphin Swimming Club for the disabled. She was a volunteer with the club at its weekly swimming sessions in Ferryhouse from the 1970s until recently.

She was also a member of the Clonmel Mental Handicap Association and helped fundraise there when the need arose.

And when help was needed to accompany children with learning disabilities or special needs on the journey to their Kilkenny schools, Bridie once again came to the rescue.

She was described as being like a fairy godmother to all the children.

Bridie is also actively involved in the Carers Association - both fundraising for the home respite service and offering advice to new family carers - and in the life of St. Oliver’s parish.

She was nominated for the award by Richie Molloy, area manager of the Carers Association, who described her as “one of the unsung heroes of our town who could certainly be described as an ambassador for the Association in Clonmel and South Tipperary, as she has also attended new support groups in Cashel and Cahir, where we are trying to set up new services”.

 

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