Paraic Noone, volunteer with Keadue Development Association has been announced as one of 30 shortlisted volunteers for the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2014. Over 500 nominations were received for this year’s Awards ceremony, Ireland’s biggest Awards campaign for volunteers.
Pairaic lives in the village of Keadue, situated on the shores of Lough Meelagh and beside the Arigna Mountains. In 1976 Pairaic attended a Bord Fáilte seminar for local organisations in Carrick on Shannon. During the seminar, various towns and villages were shown on a film, highlighting the positive and negative features of each place. Keadue village appeared in the film with a sizeable amount of negative features. This hurtParaic greatly. Paraic formed a committee with the intention of moving off the bottom of the Tidy Towns league table.
Paraic engaged and inspired the local community to clean up the village – leading to the village winning the Roscommon County title for the first time in 1987 and went on to win the regional award in 1990. His next aim was to win the national award and he achieved this in 1993, the first time this award came west of The Shannon, and again in 2003. Under Paraic's guidance Keadue has won at least one award every year since 1987 and also earned a Silver Medal in The Entente Florale Competition in 2003.
The Volunteer Ireland Awards is the national campaign to recognise Ireland’s volunteers. 30 shortlisted volunteers and their friends and family will attend a gala Volunteer Ireland Awards ceremony on December 4th in Dublin CityHall in celebration of International Volunteer Day. 10 Category Awardees will be announced at the event.
One shortlisted volunteer will be the recipient of the Christine Buckley Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is named in memory of the late Christine Buckley -campaigner, activist and Co-Founder of The Aislinn Centre.
Linda Slice, Coordinator of Roscommon Volunteer Information Service said “We are thrilled that Paraic has received national recognition for his incredible work with Keadue Development Association. Volunteering is the lifeblood of hundreds of charities, sports clubs and community groups in Roscommon. The Volunteer Ireland Awards is all about shining a light on the unsung heroes in our community. Well done to Paraic and to everyone that volunteers week in week out to help make Ireland a better place to live.”