Wexford Woman Ireland’s Inspirational Hero

Gala Inspiration Awards. Gala Gorey Co Wexford Josephine Casey, North Wexford Cancer Counselling, Award Recipient, Ben McGinn, Gala Fennell Photography 2021.

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

Established to shine a light on those individuals who make Ireland a better place with their selfless acts and inspirational deeds, Josephine stood out for her extensive charity work over the last 20 years and for going above and beyond for her local community. She set up the North Wexford Cancer Charity in May 1999 with their own Oncology nurse which has provided support calls to the local area for the past 18 years. She has raised over €100,000 in the last 20 years for the North Wexford Cancer Charity, which has included a Casino night in the Arklow Bay which raised €67,000 and a Vintage Tractor Run to Killarney in 2006 which raised a whopping €32,000.

Josephine is the founder of North Wexford Cancer Counselling. She is always working behind the scenes to offer support, particularly to anyone going through cancer, be it delivering home-cooked meals or transport for appointments. These are just a few highlights of a vast amount of Charity events organized by Josephine and while she was at pains to stress that it’s about the charity and not herself , she continues to use the substantial amount of contacts made over the years to further help those in need of support and will continue to do so with great thanks to Gala and the local Manager Liz Mulligan.

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.

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

“We’re a national brand with a local focus, which is why we’ve partnered with Virgin Media to delivering a national platform to shine a light on and reward the amazing people who are making a real difference to Irish society. “

“Now in their third year the Inspiration Awards pay homage to people from all across Ireland who play their part creating a better country for us all. 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 Josephine along with the fellow inspirational heroes are true examples of people who are making Ireland a better place for us all.”

2021 marks the third 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.

Marian Mattimoe from Mayo was named as Overall Inspirational Person at the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards.

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 €26,000 of prizes to the winners with the 26 county winners being awarded with €1000 hotel getaways across Ireland. For further information, see www.gala.ie.

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