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Laois woman named Gala Inspiration Award winner for 2021 for selfless acts and inspirational deeds

Kathleen Sheridan Gala Inspiration

Kathleen Sheridan is a most deserving winner of the Gala Retail Inspiration Awards 2021.

The Award pays tribute to those who make Ireland a better place with their selfless acts and inspirational deeds.

Kathleen is an unstinting support and a real leader in the community in Stradbally and the wider parish.

Just one example is Kathleen’s quiet work on Junior parkrun at Vicarstown.

Hail or shine, Kathleen is motivating volunteers and making sure that every child is remembered and praised, and their achievement marked in the write up afterwards.

Another is Kathleen’s stellar achievement in marshalling and growing a group of 15 supporters on St Colman’s NS Parent’s Council to raise nigh on €100,000 for a much-needed pitch facility, with a superstar event that took place on the very eve of Covid’s arrival in Ireland.

Kathleen is always there, and ready to be useful – in the background and never seeking a moment’s praise or thanks.

Kathleen’s singular gift is seeing what people are good at, asking them to do it and always finding out what support they need to succeed at their task.

When Stradbally Tidy Towns needed Kathleen’s know-how and support in getting a fundraising drive together, as well as approaching volunteers to safely mount €22,000 worth of festive lighting and safety cables – Kathleen was there to help.

At every meeting, every refreshment and every new suggestion – Kathleen has been there.

And to top it all off, Kathleen brought Jack L to Stradbally to kick off the Christmas celebrations with music and song this year.

Congratulations Kathleen!

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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.