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Longford County Council recognition event celebrates local volunteers

Longford County Council recognition event celebrates local volunteers
Local people who helped during COVID-19 pandemic recognised during National Volunteer Week

Press Release
24 May 2022

Longford County Council is pleased to announce the local volunteers recognised at a celebratory event for people and groups who helped during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event took place on 19 May and was part of National Volunteer Week.

At the event the following people and groups were recognised:

  • Sean Hussey: for his efforts to bring joy and humour to others through social media performances which came to be known as ‘Hussey’s Hooley’
  • Longford Civil Defence: for their collection and distribution of essential supplies, including medicines and personal protective equipment, and for their transportation of people to medical appointments
  • Longford Counselling Service: for the speedy adaption of their services to facilitate online and phone counselling which helped people to cope during the pandemic
  • Longford GAA: for their collection and delivery of essential items, including meal deliveries, their support for GAA members and their Club Together initiative
  • Longford Palliative Care Nurses: for their continued dedication during the most difficult of times to help people and families in the toughest of circumstances
  • Longford Volunteer Centre: for their Friendly Call and Food Cloud services, recruiting volunteers for many COVID-19-related initiatives and for providing free Garda vetting for community and voluntary groups
  • Midlands Polish Community: for making face masks and other personal protective equipment for many groups, including public health nurses, Midlands Simon Community, Meals on Wheels and St Christopher’s Longford
  • Karen Reilly: for helping older and more vulnerable people access information and support from the safety of their own home, and for working closely with Longford Public Participation Network and the COVID-19 Community Response Forum

Speaking at the event, Longford County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Peggy Nolan said, “I am so pleased to be here tonight to thank all these fantastic people in person for their extraordinary efforts to help their communities. Their care for their community is what makes County Longford great. They are a shining example to us all and they should be incredibly proud.”

Longford County Council Chief Executive Paddy Mahon added, “The Council is proud to participate in National Volunteer Week by holding this event to recognise the great work of Longford people in volunteering within their communities.”

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All media queries should be directed to the Longford County Council Communications Officer via mediaenquiries@longfordcoco.ie or by calling 043 334 4217.