18-year old Bruree student named Netwatch Limerick Family Carer of the Year

Pictured left to right are Fiona Hartigan, Community Support Manager, Family Carers Ireland; Sinéad O Brien, Netwatch Clare Family Carer of the Year; Aisling Sexton, Netwatch Limerick Family Carer of the Year and Jean Ryan, Community Support Manager, Family Carers Ireland.

THE Netwatch Limerick Family Carer of the Year has been announced as an 18-year old Leaving Certificate student.

Aisling Sexton was chosen as the Limerick Family Carer of the Year for her work in caring for her mother, who has an underlying condition, and a serious lung condition as a result of covid-19.

As a result of her condition, Aisling’s mother requires lifelong care, and will ultimately need a lung transplant.

The Bruree-based student raised over €30,000 last year to pay for housing adaptations and medical expenses for her mother.

Now in their 16th year, the Netwatch Family Carer of the Year Awards continue to pay tribute to the remarkable work of over 500,000 family carers in Ireland who care for children or adults with additional needs, physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental health challenges or addiction.

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Family Carers Ireland says that while the awards provide an opportunity to shine a light on the often hidden work of Ireland’s family carers, they also seek to underscore the importance of ensuring all family carers can access the essential supports and services they need care safely at home such as access to appropriate financial compensation, respite and therapies for their loved ones.

Jean Ryan, local Community Supports Manager with Family Carers Ireland, expressed the significance of this award.

“The Netwatch Family Carer of the Year Awards not only recognise the dedication and sacrifices made by every single family carer, but also serve as a powerful reminder of the crucial role they play in our society,” she said.

“Their resilience, love and support are immeasurable. Their contributions are a testament to the strength of our community. Aisling’s story reflects the commitment, love and hard work exhibited by family carers throughout the country.”