Mayor honours 'inspiring' Kitty for her volunteerism
The work of hard-working St Vincent de Paul volunteer Kitty Hynes was marked with a Mayoral Reception.
A crowd of family, friends and colleagues attended the event in the Irish National Heritage Park where the Mayor congratulated and thanked Ms Hynes for her years of dedication.
Cllr Dempsey said: 'I wanted to recognise the way she has recognised the needs of people who are vulnerable in society.'
Ms Hynes, he said, had been a lifelong supporter of the St Vincent de Paul. Earlier this year, the hall in St Michael's Hall was re-named the Kitty Hynes Memorial Hall in her honour.
Cllr Dempsey said that with Kitty, the society wasn't just about providing food; the shop in Selskar had been her idea and was proving hugely successful, and she had also assisted people with educational needs, to great merit as there were some who had gone on to study subjects such as medicine and veterinary science.
'It was inspiring for me to meet her and hear her stories. These days, people are becoming increasingly anonymous and falling between the cracks - they rely on Kitty and her colleagues to help them survive. When you meet Kitty, you can understand why people confide in her and trust her.'