Devoted Clonmel mother of twins wins Tipperary Carer of the Year Award

Rosanne Fitzgerald cares for her Italian partner who has renal failure and is losing his eyesight.

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Devoted Clonmel mother of twins wins Tipperary Carer of the Year Award

Tipperary Carer of the Year Rosanne Fitzgerald with her partner Bruno Di Ruzza and sons Adriano and Alessio.

A devoted Clonmel mother of twins was crowned Tipperary Carer of the Year at an awards ceremony in Hotel Minella recently.

Clonmel’s Rosanne Fitzgerald, who lives with her family in Kilcash, is a rock of support to her partner Bruno Di Ruzza who has renal failure and is losing his eyesight.

Inspirational 10-year-old Jack Cooney won the first-ever Tipperary Young Carer of the Year Award.

Rosanne emotionally describes supporting her partner Bruno (51) after their world was turned upside down.

“Bruno had a kidney transplant at Beaumont Hospital in 1998. He was kind of alright after that and went up and down for check ups every now and then. But in 2011 he got throat cancer and had laser treatment. It went away and then 15 months later he got throat cancer again and went through radiotherapy. Then around 15 months later he got it for a third time and in April 2016 had a laryngectomy. I have been by his side through it all,” Rosanne tells The Nationalist. 

But the family’s turmoil didn’t stop there as Bruno, who is originally from Cassino in Italy, had an aneurysm on his transplanted kidney last May.

“Bruno now has renal failure and travels to Dublin three times a week for dialysis. He is starting to lose his eyesight and has to get intravenous injections into his eyes. I have given up working full-time to care for Bruno, travel up and down to Dublin with him for appointments, clean his throat and make sure he stays in the best health possible. It has been non-stop the past few years,” she admits.

Rosanne says their twin sons, Adriano and Alessio (11), have been a huge help. “The boys are very good and were trained up in Dublin to look after their father, but it’s not easy for them at their age,” she adds.

Family Carers Ireland area manager Cllr. Richie Molloy is delighted that Rosanne is the Tipperary Carer of Year Award recipient and wishes her the best of luck at the Carer of the Year Awards national finals in Dublin on 22nd November.

“Rosanne is a full-time carer bringing up two boys and also works part-time. She has to juggle everyday life while also attending appointments and looking after her partner. She is a great example of a carer behind the scenes keeping the show on the road,” Cllr. Molloy concludes.