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9 Special young people receive a National Children of Courage Awards 9 Special young people receive a National Children of Courage Awards


9 Special young people receive National Children of Courage Awards



Pictured above: Davina Flaherty, Laura O Brien (Princess) Lily Mae Morrisson, Shay Kinsella ( CEO Share A Dream) , Bianca O Brien, Fiona O Connor (Princess) Hannah May Carroll.

Ireland’s Dustin the Turkey led the tributes from many well-known personalities to 9 very special children at the Share A Dream “National Children of Courage Awards”. The glittering affair, held in the Radisson Blu Hotel Limerick last Saturday night, was attended by over 300 guests.

In its 13th year Share A Dream have been honouring and recognising the unbelievable courage and determination of hundreds of very sick and disabled children in Ireland through the prestigious National Children of Courage Awards.

The MC for the evening was the wonderful Noel Cunningham of TV3 who has beautiful manner and made the very nervous parents and children feel very relaxed.



Mr. Brian Cody, the legendary Kilkenny Manager who presented the awards, was totally moved by the occasion “I am privileged to attend many high profile functions across Ireland but I have never attended a function so special. To hear the incredible stories of courage, of unbelievable will to live, of family heartache and fear was a very humbling experience and puts everything into perspective. It was the most joyful honour to be part of this magical evening and any support I can give the fantastic work being done by Share A Dream I will gladly be there for them”

Gary Carroll, father of award winner Sam Carroll “ This weekend was our first time meeting the Share A Dream Team and realised only after moments that Shay is a very special person. What he has been doing for sick children and their families over the last 24 years is truly incredible. It was a pleasure to be part of the weekend and as parents we are so proud of Sam receiving his courage award. These are memories we will never forget and we left the hotel feeling part of a new family”.

“We honour sports, entertainment and media awards etc. it is only right we honour the bravest of the brave and their extraordinary parents through the National Children of Courage Awards” said CEO of Share A Dream, Shay Kinsella.

The charity currently has over 30 children awaiting dreams and is highly dependent on the support of the public to raise the much needed funds to make this happen. If you would like to help Share A Dream make dreams come true for sick and disabled children this Christmas visit to donate  or text Share to 50300 and donate €2.

Share A Dream is a National Charity in its 24th year reaching a hand of love, friendship and support to hundreds of sick and disabled children each year all across Ireland without any financial support relying totally on the good will of the community.

You can read more about Share A Dream here!
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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 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.