DOCTORS only gave Eddie Grimes a fifty-fifty chance of survival last year when he was very ill but last week the young man from Caherconlish addressed a packed county council chamber.
In February, Eddie was named runner-up in the national Employee of the Year category from the Irish Association of Supported Employment.
And now for his amazing recovery and diligence in the workplace Eddie was awarded the with a special reception to mark his tremendous achivements.
New chairperson of the Castleconnell Local Area meetings, John Egan, said Eddie is an inspiration to us all.
“He is the epitomy of the kind of inspiration this country needs – get up and do it,” said Mr Egan.
Last year doctors only gave 34-year-old Eddie a 50/50 chance of survival as he underwent surgery for a brain tumour but they didn’t factor in his fighting spirit.
At the time he had endocarditis – an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart – but doctors said it was “do or die” and had to operate.
Doctors said he must be very strong as he made a full recovery. It wasn’t long before he was back working in Supermacs in the Ennis Road, in the shadows of the Gaelic Grounds where his dad and uncles shone for club and county.
Eddie’s proud mum and dad Joseph and Geraldine; siblings Kirsten, Gillian, Andrew, Damien (who was working in Kilkenny); brother-in-law Aidan Mannix; nieces Freya and Lily Mannix; aunts and uncles were in the council chamber for his big day.
Cllr Egan said Eddie’s determination is a force to be reckoned with and with the support of his family and friends he fought the tumour that could have taken his life.
Cllr Egan quoted an Irish proverb, which means, “a friend’s eye is a good mirror” and said: “We’re here to mirror you”. Eddie received his framed scroll from the Murroe councillor.
Cllr Eddie Wade, who proposed Eddie for the award, said he cut out the story in the paper, which had the headline “miracle man”.
“I know Ed since he was born through my friendship with the Grimes family who have contributed so much to Gaelic Games in County Limerick. We were all very concerned about Ed but he truly is the ‘miracle man’ and has made a great recovery,” said Cllr Wade.
Cathaoirleach Mary Harty and Cllrs Mary Jackman, Brigid Teefy, Noel Gleeson, director of services, Josephine Cotter Coughlan echoed those sentiments and the last word went to Eddie Grimes who thanked his family, and the council for bestowing the honour upon him.