Celbridge’s Maureen is Person of the Year

Bernadette Dunne, Task Community Care with Rehab Person of the Year Award winner Maureen Abbott.
Celbridge supremo, Maureen Abbott was crowned REHAB Kildare Person of the Year at the annual awards ceremony held in the Keadeen Hotel, last Friday night.

Celbridge supremo, Maureen Abbott was crowned REHAB Kildare Person of the Year at the annual awards ceremony held in the Keadeen Hotel, last Friday night.

Variously described as a “SuperMam, SuperGran, Super Mrs Celbridge” Maureen was honoured with the ultimate accolade for her sterling community work, ranging from her three decade involvement with Care for the Aged, and Celbridge Community Council.

Her hard working ethos was evident for all to see on Friday night, when she spoke about her committment to issues such as the installation of personal alarms for the elderly. She emphasised the importance of these for security and in giving people a sense of their own independence.

Maureen triumphed in a crowded field of finalists which also included Stan Hickey, Naas; Dave Henshaw, Athy; Johnny Doyle of Allenwood; Tom McDermott, Newbridge; Evelyn Moyles Sheehy, Newbridge; Town Commissioner Teresa Byrne of Leixlip and Paddy Phelan of Kildare Town, and Julie Gerry and Jennifer Casey of the Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association.

Kilcullen’s Michael Reade was given an international award for his work in Africa with the Patsy Furlong Foundation.

The role of the late Michael Sheeran, a member of the judging panel, for years, was also acknowledged with a posthumous award.