Coolcotts Woman Wins Gala Retail Awards

Virgin Media presenters Glenda Gilson and Laura Woods with Gary Desmond, CEO, Gala Retail at the launch of the Inspiration Awards 2020

Following a nationwide search to uncover Ireland’s most inspirational people, Imelda Gordon from Coolcotts, Co. Wexford is celebrating after being named an Inspirational Hero in the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards.

Throughout the pandemic, Imelda worked tirelessly every day in Ard Aoibhinn services providing support, care and daily cheer to the residents. Commenting on her nomination, a friend of Imelda commented: 

“Imelda’s clients are her life, she would bend over backwards for them all, and also for anyone she knows. She is an absolute ray of sunshine. All while looking after her family. She loves GAA and goes to great lengths to raise money for clubs, joining in walks and marathons. Imelda is a great person and does all she can to make everyone around her smile.”

Inspirational people from across Ireland were nominated for the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards, with 26 inspirational county heroes being named from the hundreds of entries received. Each of the 26 award-winning heroes demonstrated how they have made Ireland a better place with their selfless acts and inspirational deeds during the Covid-19 crisis, and how they have gone above and beyond for others in their local community. 

Commenting on the quality of the entries, Gary Desmond, CEO of Gala Retail comments:

“This year Gala Retail teamed up with Virgin Media for the Inspiration Awards as we wanted to deliver a national platform to shine a light on and reward the amazing people who have become true heroes during life under lockdown and who are making a real difference to Irish society. 

2020 has been hugely difficult for everyone however, it has also demonstrated the immense community spirit that exists within Irish communities. Operating in communities throughout Ireland, Gala Retailers have seen first-hand some of the great work that people have been doing and we are proud to have been able to recognise some of these inspirational individuals. We were overwhelmed by the level of nominations we received and Imelda along with the fellow inspirational heroes are true examples of people who are making Ireland a better place for us all.” 

Gary Desmond, CEO, Gala Retail with Virgin Media presenters Glenda Gilson and Laura Woods at the launch of the Inspiration Awards 2020

2020 marks the second year of the Gala Retail Inspiration Awards created as a way of celebrating the selfless acts and inspirational deeds of people in Ireland who are making the country a better place. 

As a community retailer with 175 convenience stores nationwide, Gala store owners often hear of inspirational stories in their local communities, and this year’s Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards have elevated Ireland’s unsung heroes onto a national stage, giving these inspirational people the recognition they deserve. 

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. For further information, see www.gala.ie.Coolcots

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