Carlow's Margaret Reddy was honoured at the CarePlus Carer of the Year Awards in The Westin Hotel, Dublin.
Margaret Reddy has cared for her mother-in-law Kitty who has aggressive dementia for the past 15 years and was recently named as the Carlow CarePlus Carer of the Year.
The annual awards ceremony, now in its 12th year, recognised 27 family carers across Ireland. The special ceremony was presented by broadcasters and patrons of Family Carers Ireland, Marty Whelan and Mary Kennedy. Newly appointed ambassadors and Mrs Brown’s Boys stars Danny O’Carroll and Paddy Houlihan were also in attendance.
Family carers in Ireland provide 45 hours of unpaid-for care per week in their homes saving the state €10 billion every year.