Bandon woman named Cork Area Red Cross Carer of the year

Date Published : November 8th, 2015    Published By : admin

Bernie O'Reilly has won the Leslie Bean de Barra Award as the Cork Area Red Cross Carer of the Year following a nomination by the Bandon branch of the Irish Red Cross. The award acknowledges the hard work and dedication of informal carers in the home and the community. John Barry, nominated by the Mallow branch, was also recognised for his work caring full time for his sister Maura over the past 5 years.

John and Bernie were the nominees for the award who and were both honoured at a special ceremony held in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. The event was attended by Irish Red Cross Chair, Pat Carey; National Secretary, Barry O'Donovan and National Treasurer Sheila Callan.

Carer of the Year

Bernie’s 28-year-old son Brendan is wheelchair-bound and communicates through a computer screen activated by eye movement. Bernie has been a full time carer for Brendan for many years. Speaking at the ceremony, Irish Red Cross Cork Area Chair, Pat O’Connor said: “Her positive attitude, energy and her attention to Brendan’s every need brings him great happiness and he has a constant smile on his face. Bernie regards her caring of Brendan as a labour of love.

John Barry has been caring full time for his sister Maura for the past 5 years. Maura has been wheelchair bound since 2010. Having spent some time in a nursing home, John  decided to resign his position and care for his sister full time in their own home. He attends to her every need seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

640 IRC Carer of the year
Photo: L-R: Pat O'Connor, Area Chair, Bernie O' Reilly and Marie McSweeney, Cork Area Health & Care Officer)

Pat O’ Connor said John and Maura are seen regularly on the streets of Mallow where they stop and have a chat with people. This brings great joy to Maura as she meets her many friends regularly as she herself worked in a ladies clothes shop in the town.”

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