Nominations sought for carer awards

Nominations open today for awards for some of the unsung heroes in our communities — that’s family carers.

One in 20 people in Ireland is a family carer, saving the government ten billion euro in unpaid care every year.

Among the winners of last year was teenager Alexandra Ajoi from Sligo who won a Young Carer of the Year Award.

Nomination forms for this year’s awards are now avaialble online at, as well as at CarePlus pharmacies or through the Freephone Careline 1800 24 07 24

Helen Rochford Brennan, from Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, has early onset Alzheimers and is a spokesperson on dementia.

She says carers play a vital role — but many of them are at breaking point: