Margaret O’Toole is the very popular Cashel Person of the Year for 2013.
She was presented with her award in the Council Chamber, Friar Street, on Friday, March 15, by Lions President, Paul Monks. She is the 27th recipient of the award, which is organised by the Cashel Lions Club.
Chaired by Cllr Dan Dillon, deputising for the Mayor, also present at the event were about 60 guests, family and friends of Margaret, and former recipients of the honour along with members of the Cashel Lions Club.
The chairman, who is also a long time member of the Lions, welcomed everyone to a wonderful occasion.
The President welcomed all the guests, especially the previous year’s winner, Dr. Neil Gregory.
He congratulated Margaret on her success and presented her with the perpetual trophy. He called on the winner to respond and she stated that it was a privilege to receive the honour and she expressed her sincere thanks to those who nominated her and the adjudicators for choosing her.
Anne Devitt was one of those who nominated the winner and she said it was a pleasure to propose Margaret. She has known her for a long time and she was ‘a tremendous person, a fine woman.’ She was always kind and showed great bravery following the bereavement of her son when she turned her attention to cancer care.
“In our community a person like Margaret needs to be recognised and I have always said that this award by the Lions is a wonderful way of giving recognition to such work.”
Dan Dillon, who had seconded Margaret for the award, listed the many activities in which Margaret was involved. As well as cancer care, she did untold voluntary work for the community. She was involved in fundraising for many worthy causes. She used her artistic talents to produce goods that could be sold to raise money. She helped out annually with the Lions Club senior citizens holiday. Dan concluded by saying that he nominated her “because we would be missing out on an ideal candidate for Person of the Year if we didn’t choose her. She was not a limelight seeker but always well prepared in anything she did. She is a worthy recipient of this award and I wish her every success in the future. I want to thank her for everything she has done for the community.”
Anne Kennedy, manager of the Cancer Care Support Centre in Clonmel, referred to Margaret as a valued member, a great fund-raiser, a maker of beautiful jewellery, scarves, cards and candles. She also did flower-arranging classes for the centre. She was honoured to have met her and she was there to congratulate her on behalf of the centre.
Monsignor James Ryan described Margaret as doing the Christian thing in the community. Dean Christy O’Dwyer, P.P. acknowledged Margaret’s contribution to the parish. He said that her work and effort helped to enrich the community.
Previous winner, Joe Currivan, congratulated Margaret on her award and told her she thoroughly deserved it.
The final task of the evening was for Lions President Paul to make a presentation to the previous year’s winner, Dr. Neil Gregory who congratulated Margaret and stated that her work made the town a better place.