Limerick woman awarded for her work in the community

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

A MOYROSS woman has been rewarded for her dedication to her community.

A MOYROSS woman has been rewarded for her dedication to her community.

Melissa O’Brien, 18, of Pineview Gardens, was a finalist in the Lions Club Young Ambassador of the Year contest, which took place in Dublin.

Melissa, who hopes to follow a career in teaching, travelled to the Clarion Hotel in Dublin’s Liffey Valley, for the final, where she took on representatives of Lions Clubs from across Ireland. She was selected by the Castletroy and District Lions Club to run for the award, which is designed to encourage the voluntary work of young people in the community.

Melissa told judges of the impressive charity work in Limerick.

She spends the vast majority of her spare time assisting the Franciscan Friars of Moyross in their pastoral activities.

Melissa is also in charge of managing the arts and crafts element of the after-school club organised by the Friars.

She also volunteers for the Moyross pre-teen Tuesday night group, and led a group at a Christian youth retreat in Kildare.

Melissa said she had a fantastic time in Dublin - where she was backed by her friends, and members of the Friary.

Castletroy Lions Club president Rita O’Donoghue said: “Melissa was fantastic, a wonderful candidate. I thought she looked terribly elegant. I wish her well in future, because I think she will go a long way. As a club we were thrilled she got to the final. She has done very well, and should be proud of herself.”

Melissa received a glass trophy to mark her achievement, while the overall prize was won by Bray lad Adam Harris, a brother of Fine Gael TD Simon.