WATCH: Winner of Laois Community & Voluntary Unsung Hero Award announced

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan

The final and biggest award has been announced at the 2019 Laois Community and Voluntary Awards in the Midlands Park Hotel. 

The Unsung hero has been chosen out of 23 heroes around Laois.

It is Donal O'Shea from Stradbally. 

Donal is the PRO of the Stradbally residents electric picnic Committee, and is the Stradbally representative on the SVT activity and wellness hub. He is also the Chair of the Stradbally Community Development Association, and is a social inclusion representative on the Laois PPN Secretariat.

"Its nice to get an award but for me it's not about that, it's the causes and the people that motivates me," he said afterwards.

Originally a Kerry man, Donal thanked his family back home for their support, and dedicates his award to his 10 year old daughter Amy. 

"She has made many sacrifices over the years to allow me attend numerous meetings," Donal told the Leinster Express. 

His interest in disability stems from his own physical health. 

"I have rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.  It's torture, I'm unable to work because if it.  But I hope getting this award shows that having a disability does not mean that one is incapacitated," he said. 

He thanked SCDA members Niall Creery, Yvonne Hennessy, Ann Simpson, Orlagh Mahon and David Kinsella for their support.

Supporting Donal on the night at the awards was girlfriend Nicola Griffin and members of the Round Tower Soccer Club.