Legendary singer Daniel O’Donnell yesterday presented Clonmel native Maura Buckley with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 ‘Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards’ - Ireland’s annual awards to highlight the achievements and accomplishments of those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
An all-Ireland joint initiative between Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society, the Awards honour those who are deaf or hard of hearing and have made a significant contribution to Irish society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence.
Members of the public nominated their ‘hero’ who they felt deserved to be recognised for an award. The winners included Maura Buckley a pioneer of the Irish Deaf Community. Maura is a founding member of Deaf Action Group, the forerunner to the Irish Deaf Society and was the first deaf woman to become a qualified teacher. She forged a successful teaching career over 32 years and became the first deaf vice principal at St. Mary’s School for Deaf Girls.
Congratulating the winners, Daniel O’Donnell said: “I would like to congratulate each of our six award winners here as they are true examples of real heroes in Irish society. Each person has shown great determination to reach their goals and they have proven that all obstacles can be overcome. Their achievements and successes deserve to be honoured and brought to the attention of the Irish public.”
Applauding the winners, Stephen Leddy, Managing Director, Hidden Hearing said: “The ‘Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards’ is the only awards initiative to focus on the achievements of the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Ireland. All of the winners demonstrated that being deaf or hard of hearing does not have to hold you back in life.”