Sarah Jayne Mangan, The Swan, Laois , with her husband and daughter after receiving the 'Laois Carer of the Year 2016' award.
A Laois mother who cares for her teenage twin sons, one of them a double amputee, the other on the autism spectrum, as well as her husband who has back problems, has been recognised for her unstinting care.
The 2016 Laois Carer of the Year award has been presented to Sarah Jayne Mangan from The Swan.
Sarah Jayne cares full time for her twin sons who are 15 years old. Jack is a double amputee and Joseph is on the Autism Spectrum, she also helps care for her husband since he had a back operation ten years ago.
Lisa Weldon Family Carers Ireland (FCI), presented Sarah Jayne with a certificate at a special ceremony held in her honour at Town House, High Street, Tullamore on November 2.
“We are absolutely delighted that Sarah Jayne Mangan has been awarded Laois Carer of the Year 2016. Sarah Jayne is a truly remarkable person, who provides much love and care to her family. Sarah never complains and always puts the needs of others before hers,” Ms Weldon said.
Sarah Jayne later posted a message of thanks on her facebook page.
"Thank you to everyone today really had a lovely time, I was completely overwhelmed. Thanks to all of the Carers team and well done Martin on your Award for Co Offaly," she said.
Sarah Jayne's husband John had a special message for her.
"To my beautiful wonderful wife thank you very much from me and the children you really do deserve it, you always put us first, love always, your 'lucky to have you' family," he posted.
The Offaly Carer of the Year award was presented to Martin Bracken, Clara, who cares full time for his wife Breda who has Lewy Body Parkinsons.
"Carers play an absolutely vital role in society, and they are at times the forgotten workforce. The Carers of the Year Awards, present an opportunity to celebrate the dedication and support carers provide to their loved ones every day throughout the year.” Ms Weldon said.
All Carers of the Year winners will next attend a special ceremony in Dublin on November 16 honouring award recipients from across the country.
One family carer will be chosen as Ireland’s Carer of the Year 2016. This is the tenth year of the awards ceremony, and for the first time, there will be four regional Young Carers of the Year Awards. 2015 saw a 400% increase in nominations for Young Carer of the Year.