Sharon Byrne does Tallaght proud by winning Community Volunteer of the Year

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Massive congratulations to well known local community volunteer Sharon Byrne who won Community Volunteer of the Year at the LAMA Community Council Awards last Saturday.

Sharon has a long history of helping to organise many events in Tallaght through the years.

From family fun days to award ceremonies she has generously given so much of her time to her local community.

Cllr. Noel Bourke from Offaly County Council, Cllr. Guss O’Connell (Mayor of South Dublin County Council), Sharon Byrne, Cllr. Mags Murray, Cllr. Deirdre O’Donovan

She also volunteers with the ‘Help the Hills’ initiative to keep Tallaght and its surrounding areas clean and safe, as well as fundraising for the Autism Support Group and for the homeless in Ireland.

Speaking following her win, Sharon spoke of her pride for her home town. She said:

“I’m really proud to win and bring this award back to Tallaght, I’d didn’t think I had a chance to be honest.

“It’s nice to be able to provide a positive story about Tallaght because sometimes the media tends to focus on the negative when it comes to this area and that’s not fair.

“There are so many great people in Tallaght doing so much for their community voluntarily and that is the message that I want to get out there.

“Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me, I look forward to working with everyone again in the future.”

Sharon, who is a very popular and much loved member of the local community, collected her award at a black tie gala dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Northwood, on Saturday night.

The Community and Council Awards recognise and celebrate community and councils together, providing a fantastic opportunity to highlight and celebrate the outstanding work done within communities and to acknowledge unsung heroes.

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD said after presenting the National Impact Award, “The Community and Council Awards 2017 are a fantastic way of honouring the people, communities and organisations that continually deliver to their communities.”

Now celebrating their eleventh year, the Community and Council Awards were created to recognise innovative local and national projects in the areas of infrastructure, community development, recreation and social impact initiatives.

Other highlights of the evening included the Grand Prix Award, sponsored by IPB Insurance, being awarded to The Ballybough Community, Youth and Fitness Centre, who also took home the Best Public Building, sponsored by GeoDirectory Ireland, as the centre is a testament to how agencies and communities can come together to work to provide essential services in the area.

Council of the Year, sponsored by IPB Insurance, went to Fingal County Council while the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme was recognised with the National Impact Award.

Led by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys TD. Ireland 2016 was the Irish Government’s programme to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

With over 3,500 events taking place across the island of Ireland, and a further 1,000 overseas, the programme was the largest public history and cultural event ever undertaken by the State.

Councillor Mags Murray, Chairperson of LAMA, said:

“The Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA are a great opportunity to highlight and acknowledge excellent projects and initiatives at local, county and national level.

“Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.”