From a finalist list of 27 exceptional volunteers, 9 winners have been selected for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards including James Dempsey and Suzanne O’Neill from South Dublin County. These national awards to celebrate Ireland’s unsung heroes were held at a special ceremony in Sligo, the 2017 European Volunteering Capital, on 1st December.

The awards aim to celebrate the extraordinary dedication that nominees have shown to help others, often taking time away from family and friends to give back. They give us a chance to say thank you and celebrate their achievements.