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Search launched to find ‘inspirational heroes’ in Laois during Covid-19 pandemic

The search is on for Ireland’s inspirational county heroes who have changed your life or the lives of people in your local community.

Gala Retail has teamed up with Virgin Media to search for inspirational heroes in Laois; those individuals who have made Ireland a better place with their selfless acts and inspirational deeds during the Covid-19 crisis.

Searching for 26 inspirational county heroes, the Inspiration Awards are open to people of all ages and will celebrate those who have supported and gone above and beyond for others in their local community.

The 2020 Gala Retail Inspiration Awards mark the second year of the event. In 2019, the Overall Inspirational Person of the Year was Kate Durrant, from Blarney, County Cork who was awarded for her voluntary work with Blarney Community First Responders and many other associations within her community.

Gala Retail has gifted €20,000 of prizes to the winners, with 26 county winners being awarded with luxury stays in some of Ireland’s most beautiful Blue Book properties.

Hannah Meaney, Brand Partnerships Executive at Virgin Media said: “There are heroes in every single community, and thanks to the support of Gala Retail, the Inspiration Awards will acknowledge those incredible people from across Ireland who have selflessly gone over and above for others.

“For three weeks, Ireland AM, Elaine and Six O’ Clock Show viewers will all be encouraged to nominate those in their community who have made a difference.

“From teachers to front line workers, community volunteers, delivery drivers, and many others, we all know of local heroes who are deserving of having their efforts recognised on a national stage.”

While Gary Desmond, CEO of Gala Retail said: “At Gala Retail, we want to shine a light on the amazing people who have become true heroes during life under lockdown.

“Our stores are at the heart of communities and hear inspirational stories every day from their shoppers, those everyday achievements of friends, neighbours or others.

“The last six months have been hugely difficult for everyone however, it’s also demonstrated the immense community spirit that exists within Irish communities.

“We all know of many people who have really made a difference to the lives of others and our Inspiration Awards deliver a national platform in which these tremendous efforts and selfless acts can be recognised.”

In order to nominate someone in Laois, click here.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.