Kilcock’s super sibling award

Kirsty Collins with her parents.
A Kilcock girl’s work for her family was recognised in a national award ceremony last week.

A Kilcock girl’s work for her family was recognised in a national award ceremony last week.

Nine year old, Kilcock girl, Kirsty Collins, daughter of Michael and Lorna, has won the super sibling of the year award in the Gaviscon Extra Maternity and Infant Awards for 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel on 25 October.

Kirsty, a pupil at St. Joseph’s NS in Mulhussey, who celebrates her 10th birthday this Thursday, has two brothers who have special needs.

Eight year old Sean, has global developmental delay and Oliver (4) has Down Syndrome.

“ Kirsty is amazing with her brothers always giving support without question and has become a young carer,” said the Niamh McCarthy, a spokesperson for the awards.

Kirsty’s mother, Lorna, nominated her but added that the award could apply to children of her friends who had special needs children. “Kirsty is amazing. She is a second pair of eyes, a second mammy,” said Lorna, who is a full time carer. Lorna’s husband, Michael, is a carpenter.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Sybil Mulcahy and Martin King from TV3 and there were thirteen winners.

Sinead Morrissey from Gaviscon congratulated all of the winners at the awards ceremony

“We are very pleased to have been in the company of so many inspirational people, who showed immense bravery in sharing such personal and moving stories of love and loss. We wish everyone here today our very best wishes for the future.”

Highlights from the 2013 Maternity and Infant awards will be aired on TV3.

For more information on the awardsvisit www.maternityandinfant.ie.