Maria McGrath, who marks 21 years as a volunteer with the North Tipperary Hospice Movement this year, was recently named as a Hospice Sunflower Hero at an event in Dublin to mark the launch of National Sunflower Days in June.
The award was presented to Maria and another 13 Hospice volunteers nationwide. In place for four years, the Hospice Sunflower Heroes initiative honours the work of volunteers throughout the country, who work tirelessly on behalf of their local hospice service.
Maria McGrath (Wallace), who hails from Thurles, is married to Matt and has three children, Daniel, Breda, Matthew and daughter in law Briege. She was nominated for the award because of her commitment to providing an excellent service to cancer patients in the North Tipperary area.
A retired principal teacher, Maria is the Secretary of the Board of North Tipperary Hospice Movement. She became involved in setting up the local service following the death of her mother May Wallace R.I.P. in 1990 from cancer. At the time of May’s death, hospice services were not in place in North Tipperary to enable Maria to bring her home to spend her final days surrounded by her family.
Full story in next week’s Tipperary Star.