FOR TWO years in a row an East Limerick man has been a finalist in the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE) awards.
Last year it was Eddie Grimes, from Caherconlish – and this year it’s Kieran Moriarty, who only lives over the road in Cloverfield.
The purpose of the awards is to pay tribute to individuals and organisations in recognition of their contribution in making equal employment opportunities a reality for people with a disability.
At the ceremony in the Mansion House Kieran narrowly missed out on the overall prize in the Employee of the Year category.
The 34 year-old has been working for Holmes O’Malley Sexton for 12 years.
Human resources manager, Margaret McInerney said: “He has great attention to detail and provides valuable support to all the team at HOMS. He is a very popular, dedicated and hard working employee with a exemplary attendance and timekeeping record.”
Kieran’s mum and dad, Ann and Edmond, and siblings, Evelyn and Brian, are all very proud of his national achievement. But there was no sitting on his laurels for Kieran; it was back to work straight away. Rose Servitova, work placement officer with the Daughters, says their goal is to place people in jobs in their preferred career.
And with Kieran’s attention to detail, working in a firm of solicitors suits him down to the ground.
“He is totally independent of me. He goes to work every day and is a valued member of the team. We are very proud of Kieran as we are of all the candidates we put forward this year. It is an honour to be shortlisted by the judges,” said Ms Servitova.
She says their goal is that clients feels the same as everybody else.
“They see their brothers and sisters going out to work in the mornings and they want to be the same as everybody else,” she added.
The Daughters of Charity were finalists in the Supported Employment Organ-isation of the Year, as was Ms Servitova in the Job Coach of the Year category.
Meanwhile Catherine Murray, accommodations manager at the Carlton Castletroy Park Hotel, was a finalist in the Mentor of the Year category.
“Catherine is an amazing mentor and has been very inspirational,” said Ms Servitova.
The fourth annual awards ceremony were presented by Sean Gallagher and Minister Joan Burton. Log on to www.iase.ie for information for employees and employers on supported employment.,