Two young volunteers come out top at Irish Red Cross National Volunteer Awards

Two young volunteers come out top at Irish Red Cross National Volunteer Awards
Pictured (L-R) this afternoon at the Irish Red Cross National Volunteer Awards in Croke Park were Dr Andrew Kelly, television presenter Deric Ó hArtagáin, Irish Red Cross Young Volunteer of the Year winner Emma Hurley​ and Danielle Cullinane who represented her daughter Emma Cullinane who won the Youth Achievement Award.

Two young volunteers have scooped prestigious awards at this year's Irish Red Cross National Volunteer Awards.

11-year-old Emma Hurley from Cobh won the Young Volunteer of the Year gong at the event in Croke Park.

Pictured (L-R)  this afternoon at the Irish Red Cross National Volunteer Awards in Croke Park were Danielle Cullinane who represented her daughter Emma Cullinane who won the Youth Achievement Award, Irish Red Cross Young Volunteer of the Year winner Emma Hurley​ and television presenter Deric Ó hArtagáin.
Pictured (L-R) this afternoon at the Irish Red Cross National Volunteer Awards in Croke Park were Danielle Cullinane who represented her daughter Emma Cullinane who won the Youth Achievement Award, Irish Red Cross Young Volunteer of the Year winner Emma Hurley​ and television presenter Deric Ó hArtagáin.

She was honoured for her work with the charitable organisation, Cork Penny Dinners.

Emma Cullinane has picked up the Youth Achievement Award.

She is a member of the Clonakilty Irish Red Cross branch and is also involved with the Cork Penny Dinners.

The title award of the day went to Dr Andrew Kelly who was named Irish Red Cross Volunteer of the Year.

Acting Chairperson of the Irish Red Cross Volunteer Support and Development Working Group, Liam Maguire, said: “The mission of the Irish Red Cross is to provide impartial humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in society, at home and abroad.

This mission is exemplified in the wonderful and important work of our volunteers who dedicate themselves to helping those in need, and the winners recognised today are clear examples of this commitment across all generations.

“Their work, and the work of all our volunteers should be considered a leading example and today is a fantastic occasion to shed light on their work.”

At the event, the Irish Red Cross Portlaw Branch in Co. Waterford was singled out for its contribution to the community, winning the Branch of the Year Award. The branch boasted more than 6,000 volunteer hours for 2018, which included their work in the Soup Kitchen in Waterford City.

    The full list of winners:

  • Irish Red Cross Volunteer of the Year - Dr Andrew Kelly, Co. Limerick
  • Irish Red Cross Young Volunteer of the Year - Emma Hurley, Co. Cork
  • Irish Red Cross Special Status Award - Dóchas Centre, Dublin
  • Irish Red Cross Instructor of the Year - Pat Sheridan, Co. Louth
  • Irish Red Cross Health & Social Care Officer of the Year - Bernadette Morley, Co. Kildare
  • Irish Red Cross Youth Achievement of the Year - Emma Cullinane, Co. Cork
  • Irish Red Cross Unit Member of the Year - Finola Walsh, Co. Tipperary
  • Irish Red Cross Branch of the Year - Portlaw Branch, Co. Waterford
  • Irish Red Cross Area of the Year - Dublin Borough

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