Bandon woman named as Cork Carer of the Year

Back Left Eileen O'Donovan (Bandon Branch), Pat Fitzgearld (Bandon Branch), Barry O'Donovan National Sect., Pat Carey National Chairperson, Karen Conway ADU, Ted Noonan RDU, John Joe Lyons ADU. Front Row, Sheila Callan National Treasurer, Brendan O'Reilly, Bernie O'Reilly, Pat O'Conor Cork Area Chairman, Maire McSweeney Area Health & Social Care Officer. Photo Jonathan Tyner   REPO FREE

Posted on: 1st December, 2015

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Back l-r: Eileen O'Donovan (Bandon Branch), Pat Fitzgerald (Bandon Branch), Barry O'Donovan National Sect., Pat Carey National Chairperson, Karen Conway ADU, Ted Noonan RDU, John Joe Lyons ADU. Front l-r: Sheila Callan National Treasurer, Brendan O'Reilly, Bernie O'Reilly, Pat O'Conor Cork Area Chairman, Maire McSweeney Area Health & Social Care Officer. Pic: Jonathan Tyner

The ‘Leslie Bean de Barra Red Cross Carer of the Year’ award acknowledges the hard work and dedication of informal carers in the home and the community. This year it has been presented to Bernie O’Reilly, nominated by Bandon Red Cross branch.

Bernie has been a full time carer for her 28-year-old son Brendan for many years. Brendan is wheelchair bound and can only communicate through a computer screen activated by eye movement. Bernie attends to Brendan’s every need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Her positive attitude, energy and her attention brings Brendan great happiness and he has a constant smile on his face. Bernie regards her caring of Brendan as a labour of love.

Earlier this year Bernie was presented with the 2015 Eileen Hayes Perpetual Memorial Trophy in Bandon.

The other finalist for this Carer of the Year award was John Barry, nominated by the Mallow branch, who has been caring full time for his sister Maura for the past five years. Maura has been wheelchair bound since 2010 and spent some time in a nursing home before John – who worked in Mallow Hospital – decided to resign his position and care for his sister full-time in their own home. Again he attends to her every need seven days a week; indeed John and Maura are seen regularly on the streets of Mallow where they stop and have a chat with people as they go about their shopping. This brings great joy to Maura as she meets her many friends regularly.

The Cork Area Committee of the Irish Red Cross presents this trophy in remembrance of Leslie Bean de Barra, who was Chairperson of the Irish Red Cross from 1950 – 1973. Leslie received several prestigious awards for her outstanding work nationally and internationally. She initiated and chaired the ‘Freedom from Hunger’ Campaign and tirelessly encouraged people to be good neighbours and to look out for the vulnerable of all ages in society.

Latest News Articles:

Schull Garda Station wins ‘Leading Light in Road Safety’ award from Road Safety Authority
Go quackers at the 2018 West Cork Bird Race
Bandon in danger of losing its youth café
Local professionals invited to Anam Cara information pack launch
Bandon Transport and Public Realm Enhancement Plan shortlisted for Irish Planning Awards
Christmas on the beat
Clonakilty town aims to get snowed under with the return of the Clonakilty Christmas Express
On call for Christmas
Have your say in shaping the future of Clonakilty
Dursey Island project passes first phase in Failte Ireland’s Grant Scheme

Join us on Facebook

Visiting restrictions in place at Bantry General Hospital due to Flu Presentations

Strict visitor restrictions have been put in place with immediate effect at Bantry General Hospital due to the number of patients who have presented with flu like symptoms.

In the interest of patient care and in order to restrict the spread of the flu virus within the hospital, it is necessary with immediate effect to ban all visitors to Bantry General Hospital, with the exception of following: critically ill patients are restricted to one visitor per critically ill patient and confined to visiting times only, and attendance at the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) and Local Injury Unit (LIU) should only take place if absolutely necessary, only one relative per patient attending these areas.

The elderly, children, pregnant women or young adults, those with chronic illnesses or vulnerable others are advised not to visit. Outpatient, Day care services and routine hospital admissions are not affected.

All infection control measures are in place and every effort is being made to manage and contain the spread of the flu virus.

People with flu like symptoms are advised to contact their GP by phone in the first instance and avoid presenting at the Emergency Department at Bantry General Hospital.

Bantry hospital staff are asking people to think about all their care and treatment options and keep ED services for the patients who need them most. Others with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service where their GP can refer them to an Assessment Unit the following day if required.
... See MoreSee Less

8th January, 2018  ·  

West Cork People - The Best Free Read in West Cork shared Cope Foundation's Happy Christmas from Cope Foundation. ... See MoreSee Less

What makes Christmas special? Children and adults we support, our incredible staff, families and supporters - these are the people who make our organisation so special every single day, but especially at Christmas! Meet some of them here... Thank you to the wonderful team at AV3 Media who kindly produced this video for us as a Christmas gift! To make a Christmas donation today, go to www.cope-foundation.ie/donate. We believe that together we can do great things and with your support we can do so much more! Please SHARE our video so that more people can learn about the amazing things that happen at Cope Foundation! Evening Echo; Irish Examiner; The Southern Star; The Avondhu; Cork Independent; West Cork Times; West Cork People - The Best Free Read in West Cork; Bandon Opinion/The Opinion; Vale Star; East Cork Journal; Cork Chamber - Faces of Cork Business; Cork City FC; Cork Institute of Technology - CIT; University College Cork; Corks RedFM 104-106; The KC Show Corks 96 FM; Cork's 96FM; Cork's Best; C103 Cork; Cork Airport; Cork Opera House: The Everyman; Cork County Council; County Cork; Cork City Council; CorkLike; CCCahoots; Cork On Ice; Glow Cork; CIT Cork School of Music; RTÉ Today; Ciaran Bermingham - Actor; Rob & Marian Heffernan; John Spillane; Ger Wolfe; Eimear O'Brien PR; Jack O Rourke; Theo Dorgan; Mahon Point Shopping Centre; Blackpool Shopping Centre & Retail Park

18th December, 2017  ·  

This is the real spirit of Christmas at Caseys of Clonakilty. ... See MoreSee Less

Are you alone or do you know someone who will be alone this Christmas? If so, then we here at Casey’s would like to make your day that little bit easier. We are offering a full Christmas dinner on us! Christmas dinners can be collected Christmas Eve from 12:30pm - 8:30pm. Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas from everyone at Casey’s

15th December, 2017  ·  

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s has just announced its Christmas schedule and it features several programmes of interest to listeners in West Cork.

On New Year’s Day at 12.08 pm we’ll hear highlights from the Éigse Dhiarmuidín Festival that took place in West Cork in early December, remembering musician and broadcaster Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin. An Nollaig ar Oileán Chléire is an archive show presented by Mícheál Ó Sé on Wednesday 27 December at 5.30 pm about Christmas on Cape Clear and on Friday 29 December and 5 January at 7 pm, Peadar Ó Riada will bring us very special editions of his Cuireadh chun Ceoil programme from Múscraí. Keep an ear out!
... See MoreSee Less

15th December, 2017  ·  

West Cork People - The Best Free Read in West Cork shared Garda Síochána - Cork, Kerry & Limerick - Southern Region's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

REMINDER: An Garda Siochana are hosting a Retail Crime Prevention Meeting, to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 29th November 2017. This meeting will be held in the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon. This meeting is one of a series being held across the West Cork Garda Division, in association with Operation Thor, the Garda National Anti-Crime Strategy. The purpose of the meeting is to increase the cooperation between Gardai and the retail sector, ensuring that the current low levels of crime in the locality extends past the busy approaching Christmas season. The meeting will be addressed by the local Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Ian O’ Callaghan, who will discuss burglary prevention, shoplifting, fraud, and cybercrime. There will be a particular focus on cash handling and cash exposure of businesses in the run up to the Christmas shopping period. All aspects of commercial crime will be discussed, and we would strongly urge all businesses to make a special effort to attend on the evening.

28th November, 2017  ·  

Jump to:

Top