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LIFT Ireland award – Padraig uploads short motivational podcasts every week and has won a LIFT Ireland ‘Positive Attitude’ award for his work

Limerick’s Pádraig O’Callaghans Paudcast wins LIFT Ireland Award

By I I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald

paudcast wins lift ireland award Padraig pictured with his dad Brian and Richard Lynch, Founder of ilovelimerick. Picture: ilovelimerick

Padraig pictured with his dad Brian and Richard Lynch, Founder of ilovelimerick. Picture: ilovelimerick

I Love Limerick would like to extend a huge congratulations to 11-year-old Pádraig O’Callaghan as his podcast Paudcast wins a LIFT Ireland award in the category for ‘Positive Attitude.’

He was one of the eleven presented with LIFT Ireland Leadership Awards in recognition of their leadership skills at an online awards ceremony on Wednesday, November 17.

He uses his short weekly motivational ‘Paudcast’ to spread positivity around the world and to talk about serious issues such as cyberbullying and body shaming. 

The young Limerick boy has appeared on RTÉ’s Nationwide and addressed over 200 delegates at the Special Olympics World Forum, moderated by Tim Shriver, JFK’s nephew. 

He was also awarded a Certificate of Merit for all of the amazing work that he has carried out to support Pieta House earlier this year.

Taking to Twitter, the Knockainey native said that he was overwhelmed with his LIFT Ireland award and that he is, “truly humbled.”

There were eleven winners overall, from bankers to nurses, who were selected from a shortlist of 40 nominees who participated in LIFT Ireland’s process over the past 12 months, which were in turn selected from hundreds of nominations.

The winners includes employees from the likes of Permanent TSB, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice and NUI Galway.

There were 11 award categories: one for each of the 10 core leaderships skills included in the LIFT process, and one overall winner of the ‘Dominick Lewis Excellence in Leadership Award’.

Founder of LIFT Ireland Joanne Hession, said: “As an organisation and movement, we have seen exponential growth in the number of people taking part in LIFT and developing the values we build, both in their organisation and their personal lives. This has made the task of selecting winners for the awards this year all the more difficult. Each of the hundreds of nominees are excellent examples of people demonstrating positive leadership at all levels of society.

“I would like to congratulate each of the 11 winners on their achievement. They represent the best of leadership in our society across a variety of ages, occupations and walks of life.

“The awards are a great reminder that we are all leaders – in our own families, in our workplaces and in our communities. We will continue to strive to develop great leaders by increasing awareness of what makes great leadership and facilitating the development of great leaders through the LIFT mission.”

LIFT Ireland (Leading Ireland’s Future Together) is a social enterprise that works to build positive leadership skills in communities in Limerick and across Ireland. It created the awards initiative to recognise strong leadership at all levels of Irish society from grassroots organisations to corporate boardrooms.

Their work focuses on developing 10 core leaderships skills, including resilience, respect, innovation and empathy.

They provide leadership and facilitation training to individuals and organisations across the country, ranging from multinational corporations to SMEs, NGOs, schools, sports organisations, and individuals from all walks of life.

LIFT Ireland was founded by Joanne Hession, who is a successful entrepreneur and leadership expert with a background in entrepreneurship training, along with her brother, David Hession, an education accreditation expert, and Sonya Lennon, broadcaster, designer and social entrepreneur. 

For more about LIFT Ireland go HERE  

For more about the Paudcast go HERE 

For more stories about Pádraig go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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