Josie is Donegal Carer of the Year
A LETTERKENNY woman has
been announced as Donegal Carer of the Year 2014.
Josie Cullen was presented with her award at a
special ceremony at the Silver Tassie Hotel,
Letterkenny, on Monday.
The mother-of-three has been caring full time for
her daughter Karen for 22 years since she took ill
at the age of six.
Karen was diagnosed with a brain tumour, throat
cancer and epilepsy and has had numerous operations
over the years.
Josieís husband Austin nominated her for the award.
He said having a child who is ill "makes you look at
life so differently and that his family is so
grateful and blessed to have Karen in their lives".
"All of Josieís time is devoted to our daughter and
she has no time to herself. Now that our daughter
Karen is terminally ill, Josie still never
complains. Our daughter comes first, Josie is an
amazing person," said Austin.
Donegal Carer of the Year 2014 Josie
Cullen pictured, centre, with Rose McBrearty of the
Carers' Association and Mayor of Donegal, Cllr John
The Donegal Carer of
the Year, herself, credited "the vast support" she
receives from her husband, daughter Clare and son
The judges were Amanda Woods (Mrs Browns Boys), Gina
Grant (last yearís winner) and Rose McBrearty (The
Carers' Association). Donegal Mayor Cllr John
Campbell and Minister Joe McHugh also attended the
Josie will go forward to a special ceremony in
Dublin next week to honour the regional award
winners. One family carer will be chosen as
Irelandís Carer of the Year 2014 and the Young Carer
of the Year 2014 will also be announced.
The ceremony will be hosted by RTE broadcasters and
Carers' Association patrons Mary Kennedy and Marty