A Thurles lady, who gave her time freely to all, caring for the sick and the elderly, was recently honoured with a newly introduced award, designed to acknowledge and recognise someone who is an outstanding example of volunteering.
The Volunteer of the Year/Life Achievement Award was presented to Dennis Jordan, K.M., in memory of his late wife Dame Patsy Jordan, at the Order of Malta National Conference on Saturday 12th November 2016, in Nenagh.
The award was presented by Sir Richard de Stacpoole, President of the Association, and an address was delivered by Mr. Brian Coote K.M., Deputy Director Executive of the Ambulance Corps.
On the following Friday night, at the Mass for deceased members of the Thurles Unit Order of Malta, the award was on display and the speech was again read out by Fr. Gerard Hennessy, Chaplain to the Thurles Unit. Tributes to Dame Patsy were also paid by Joe O'Halloran, Officer in Charge, Thurles Unit.
Patsy had been a member of Thurles Order of Malta for many years and her contributions are too numerous to mention. She gave her time freely to all, caring for the sick and the elderly. She also travelled to Lourdes annually and worked in the hospital at the famed pilgrimage centre.
Indeed, Patsy went on many pilgrimages, helping and caring in her own unique way. She was also a member of the Ursuline Associates and Thurles Care. Patsy was also well known for her dressmaking and her love of arts and crafts.
In his address Brian Coote stated that it was his real honour to be involved in the presentation of the 'Volunteer of the Year' award to “dear Patsy”.
"The award of Volunteer of the Year is a newly introduced award, and is meant to acknowledge and recognise someone who is an outstanding example of volunteering. This year it should also be considered to be a Lifetime achievement award, because the recipient is someone who has been a life long volunteer, but is also someone who has been so much more”.
“This wonderful person has been an exemplary example to all of us in everything they have done, they have been a mentor, a leader, a trainer, a listener and a friend to members all over the country. If ever there was an example of a volunteer, who gave freely and from whom so many people benefited, then it is surely this person”.
Brian Coote stated that Dame Patsy's volunteering activities extended to so many areas of life and especially as a member of the Order of Malta. “It is therefore an honour and a pleasure to announce that the recipient of the 'Volunteer of the year' award for 2016....is the late Patsy Jordan from Thurles."
Patsy Jordan, nee Fogarty, late of Tarmon Drive, Thurles, was a very well known and loved figure in the town of Thurles and her death was greeted with deep regret by all of those who had the great pleasure of knowing and working with her on behalf of so many in the community.
Her passing was a profound blow to her husband Dennis, and her children, Kathryn, William, Donnacha and Emily. She will also be very greatly missed by her grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers Bernard and Jim Quin, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, her family and friends. Her sister Bridie (Sis), predeceased her.
The honour bestowed upon her posthumously is a richly deserved and fitting tribute to a lady who epitomised the spirit of volunteering in the community.