Two Limerick-based nominees for Volunteer Ireland Awards

Mike Mulholland, Chairperson of Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol, one of the Limerick-based volunteers nominated for the Volunteer Ireland Awards. Photo: Sarah O' Dwyer.

Limerick has two nominees in this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards.

Twelve-year-old Lucy Nagle from Kilmallock was nominated in the International Development category for her outstanding volunteer work for the Hope Foundation.

Mike Mulholland from Clonlara in Clare was also nominated in the Community category for his work in patrolling the River Shannon in Limerick with Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol (CSPP), in an attempt to prevent suicides.

“Each nominee has shown great dedication and a willingness to forgo their own personal time to help others,” a spokesperson for Volunteer Ireland said.

Lucy Nagle began volunteering at the age of ten, by selling HOPE Foundation chocolate bars to the community.

The HOPE Foundation is a charity which supports the safety of children in the slums in Kolkata.

Mr. Mulholland of CSPP,  was nominated by Leona O’ Callaghan, someone CSPP has helped in the past.

CSPP is an entirely volunteer based organisation which patrols the river four nights a week in an attempt to combat the suicide rates in Limerick.

It was founded in 2012 in memory of Trevor Corbett.

The Irish Volunteer Awards is held annually and recognises people who give their time voluntarily for good causes.

From over 300 nominations from across the country, 30 were short-listed for the awards which will take place on Wednesday December 2 in Dublin City Hall.

CEO of Volunteer Ireland Nina Arwitz said “We are thrilled to celebrate these volunteers and their dedication to their causes. Thousands of people volunteer across the country each day and they really are the unsung heroes that drive our communities. This is a chance for us to recognise some exceptional volunteers and really celebrate volunteering in Ireland.

Reading their individual stories is truly inspiring and we are honoured to shine a light on their work. Thanks to volunteers such as these, Ireland is ranked number one in Europe on the World Giving Index and Ireland should be proud.”

One winner from each category will be honoured with an award, and the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award will be awarded to one “exceptional” volunteer.

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