From almost 500 nominations, a County Tipperary woman is among 29 exceptional volunteers shortlisted for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards.
Ina Doyle from Co. Tipperary is among the group of Ireland’s unsung heroes who will be celebrated at a special ceremony in City Hall, Dublin on 7th December.
Each nominee has shown extraordinary dedication to help others, often taking time away from family and friends to give back.
Ina Doyle started Clonmel Soup Kitchen distributing nutritious food from the boot of her car. Recognising that there was a homeless problem in Clonmel she was determined to take action and not let anyone stop her! She now holds the soup kitchen in 4 locations across Tipperary providing 90 wholesome meals each week.
Commenting on the shortlist for the Volunteer Ireland Awards, Tipperary Volunteer Centre Manager Emily Harrington said “Thousands of people across Ireland volunteer each day, giving their time without asking for anything in return. This is a chance for us to recognise exceptional volunteers like Ina and really celebrate volunteering in Ireland. Reading their individual stories is truly inspiring and we are honoured to shine a light on their work. Thanks to volunteers like these, Ireland is ranked number one in Europe on the World Giving Index for volunteering time and Tipperary should be proud.”
For more information on the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2016 or to read the inspiring stories of the shortlisted volunteers, see the attached document or visitwww.volunteer.ie