Margaret O’Toole is the very popular Cashel Person of the Year for 2013. She was presented with her award at a most enjoyable function in the Council Chamber, Friar Street on Friday, March 15th by Lions President, Paul Monks. She is the twenty-seventh recipient of the award, which is organised by the Cashel Lions Club.
The event was chaired by Councillor Dan Dillon, who was deputising for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Cashel, Cllrs Sean McCarthy and Joe Joe Moloney, both unavoidably absent on the occasion. Also present were about sixty guests made up of family and friends of Margaret, plus former recipients of the honour and members of the Cashel Lions Club. The chairman, who is also a long time member of the Lions, welcomed everyone to a wonderful occasion and then handed over to Lion President, Paul.
President of Lions
The President thanked the chairman for his remarks and the Council for the use of the premises for this very important function. He welcomed all the guests, especially the previous year’s winner, Dr. Neil Gregory. He mentioned there were five nominations for the 2013 award and the adjudicators, who were members of the Thurles Lions, gave due consideration to all the nominations before coming down in favour of Margaret O’Toole, a very worthy winner.
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.
Praise for Winner
Anne Devitt was one of the people who nominated the winner and she stated it was a sincere pleasure to propose Margaret. She had known here 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. She continued: ‘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, concurred with Anne’s remarks and 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 fund-raising for many worthy causes. She used her artistic talents to produce goods that could be sold to raise money. She ran coffee mornings. She helped out annually with the Lions Club senior citizens holiday. And, there was much more. 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 saluted her for her work and stated that her work and effort helped to enrich the community.
A 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, in reply, congratulated Margaret and stated that her work made the town a better place.