NAAS resident Peter Riordan has won the Carers Association’s Leinster Carer of the Year Award 2012, writes Paul O’Meara.
He was presented with the award by TD Catherine Murphy at the Harbour Hotel, Limerick Road, Naas.
81 year old Peter had a large family of 10 children and has cared for three of them for many years - two sons with disabilities and his wife who was bed bound for years and has since passed away.
Peter’s sons Bernard and Stephen were knocked down by a drunk driver in 1978. His son Stephen tragically died in this accident and sadly Bernard was left with a degree of brain damage and is a wheelchair user. Bernard is now 51 years of age.
Ronan, Peter’s other son whom he cares for, has Downs Syndrome. Ronan is 36 years of age and is non verbal.
Peter’s day starts at 7am, continuing until 11pm ensuring his two sons have all their needs met. At 81 years of age this is no mean feat. A day away from the family rarely happens as it has to be planned meticulously. Peter also has his own health problems, he has to manage and monitor his own blood sugar levels due to diabetes.
Anne Flynn of the Carers Association said, “We are delighted to be presenting this award to Peter who has dedicated his life to caring for his family. He is one of the most amazing and inspirational people you could meet.”
Peter and his family will be guests of honour at Ireland’s Carers of the Year and Young Carer of the Year national award ceremony 2012 hosted by Patrons of The Carers Association and RTÉ broadcasters, Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan, on Wednesday, May 30 in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel.
“These awards are so important for recognising the enormous contribution of family carers who provide care for their loved-ones, often with little acknowledgement,” said Ms. Flynn, thanking sponsors Tunstall Emergency Response.