Wexford's Hidden Heroes honoured

By David tucker

Published 20/10/2015 | 00:00

Ann Ennis from Wexford town.
Ann Ennis from Wexford town.
Mick Butler, from Enniscorthy.

A 94-year-old Wexford town woman and an Enniscorthy man are among those nominated for Achievements and contributions to Irish society at the Hidden Heroes Awards in Dublin on Monday.

Hosted by Hidden Hearing, broadcaster Mary Kennedy will present 21 people with Awards in recognition of their achievements and contributions to communities throughout the country at the ceremony on Monday at which the Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh officially revealed the names of the hidden heroes.

At 94, Wexford woman Ann Ennis would put many younger people to shame with her energy and enthusiasm for life.

Ann raised 11 children while caring for a husband diagnosed at 39 with Parkinsons disease. Ann has volunteered with the local Oxfam shop in Wexford town for the last 25 years and holds the accolade for being longest serving volunteer.

She is the lynchpin of her family serving as confidante, adviser and nurturer to her eight surviving children, 30 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren.

And there are even great great grandchildren!

Ann truly exemplifies the saying, 'age is no barrier'.

Mick Butler, from Enniscorthy, is receiving the special recognition award for the unsung hero category. Mick is a founder member of the Hope Cancer Support Centre in Enniscorthy.

He works tirelessly fundraising for the centre, travelling the length and breadth of the county collecting unwanted goods to sell at car boot sales and fundraising boxes.

He also raises money every year for Hospice Homecare in Wexford by hosting an open coffee morning.

Twenty one people and organisations were due to be recognised at the Awards ceremony, including 11 heroes across categories such as Age is no Barrier, Young Hero and Triumph Over Adversity.

Ten were due to receive a 'Special Recognition' Award for their achievements caring for sick family members, looking after seriously ill children or overcoming a disadvantage to excel in sport.

The Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards were established in 2011 to honour those who have made a significant contribution to Irish society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence.

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