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Family Carers Ireland was delighted to host a special online Concert for Family Carers recently to celebrate the Netwatch Year of the Family Carer in 2020.
The Celtic Tenors' Matthew Gilsenan and special guest Deirdre Shannon performed inspirational songs to honour family carers and their loved ones. Highlights from the evening included a special song ‘Real Heroes Go Unsung’ penned by John Spillane which featured on the RTÉ documentary ‘David Brophy’s Unsung Heroes’.
For the best viewing experience, we recommend that you watch the concert on YouTube by clicking here.
I am aware that, for so many of you, this year has come with particular challenges as we face, together, the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, recent months have brought into sharp focus the vital contribution that our carers make to our society. The task that you undertake is not an easy one. It is, however, an enormously valuable task and a task whose significance must not be overlooked in a society for whom family carers are such an important pillar of support for those who are elderly, ill, disabled or vulnerable. It is my great hope that, as we emerge from this unprecedented chapter of our nation’s history, we will interrogate the values by which we must live together, rediscovering in post - pandemic Ireland the instincts of empathy and concern for collective welfare that may have become neglected in recent years.
Please click below to read in full a special message from President Michael D. Higgins to Ireland's family carers.
Family Carers Ireland would like to sincerely thank all of the companies, local businesses, community groups and individuals who have kindly supported our work during the coronavirus pandemic. Your generous support has directly helped 1000s of family carers all over Ireland.