Golden Ireland Gift Voucher Competition Entries

Date: February 2021
Golden Ireland Gift Voucher Competition Entries

We have been humbled by the heartwarming entries to our competition, and wish we could give a voucher to everybody - there is so much goodness and kindness out there!

Here is snapshot of nominations:


"Hi my name is Margaret and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 15 years ago and I want to nominate my husband -Paddy O’Gorman to be entered into the above competition.

He has been my rock during those 15 years, always being there for me and ready to help when I struggle with the disease. He has always encouraged me to lead as normal a life as possible and this year he has taken semi retirement and would be so deserving of the voucher and would thoroughly enjoy a little break away."
(From Margaret)


I would like to thank my wife Anne for her support and courage that she has shown me all our married life, but especially over the last number of years. After having suffered greatly during her chemotherapy treatment a few years ago, she has nursed me, while still trying to get back into "normal" health, during my treatment of chemotherapy. Anne still is undergoing bone strengthening treatment, but both of us have weathered a terrible few years followed by the new pandemic. I would really like to thank Anne for never giving up hope and for always being in good humour.
(From Eddy)


I would like to nominate my Wife Margaret Brosnan. My health hasn't been good for the last four years and only for Margaret's assistance and kindness to me, I would hate to guess my outcome. We are both over 75 years, married for 53 happy years and living together.
(From Tony)


I would like to nominate my sister Claire Holohan as she nursed our 92year old mum back to health over the last few weeks. We don't know what we would have done without her with all the restrictions that were in place. The rest of the family couldn't visit. She really deserves a break.

(From Grace)


The person who I would like to nominate is my wonderful Mum Kathleen Ryan. Like so many other Parents, she has spent weeks on end isolating at home from this dreadful Virus. Despite sacrificing all her Social Activities with Friends and Family, she has remained positive and always available to support Friends or Family over the phone in any way this is the perfect opportunity to express my sincere gratitude & personal admiration for her consistant positive mindset, selfless consideration for others and genuine kindness towards each and everyone she knows.

Mum, you're one in a Million and I love you to bits.
(From Laura)


I’m sure there are loads of deserving cases but I would like to nominate my sister Mary.

Mary and her husband PJ look after our 98 year old mother in her own home. They have been doing this with tremendous love, care and attention for the past 10 years. Mam is a wonderful lady who never complains and always has a broad smile when she sees any of her 7 children, 14 grandchildren or 10 great grandchildren. She is in such wonderful form, all thanks to the fact of her being minded so well.

I would like to nominate Mary because if anyone deserves a break, she does.

(From Susan)


I would like to nominate Karen King, a hairdresser based in Harrold's Cross. Her line of work all of sudden became a critical work as she mainly caters for the elderly who can not travel or afford awfully expensive private hair salons. Thus, stepping up to the challenge, Karen would come to their houses to meet their hair care needs, be it trimming, colouring, styling, perming, etc. This type of work is considered very dangerous under current Covid-19 restrictions, yet she dons on her proper PPEs and she braves to take care of the elderly customers' hair care needs. This is a hair care market niche that is very much neglected and no one wants to get involved in because there is no glamour or much money in it, but the most heroic part of this is that Karen charges no fees for her service because she has been doing this for so long even before this pandemic ravaged the entire hair salon industry that she did not want to abandon her long-standing elderly clients. If Karen is not a front line hero, then I do not exactly know who would qualify as one. Karen definitely deserves to have this prize!

(From Pierce)

South West South East West Dublin East Lakelands North West Northern Ireland
Make a Break For It!