Damien is the MS Per­son of the Year

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

An Ark­low man has won the MS Per­son of the Year Award.

Damien Byrne was nom­i­nated for the hon­our by Mark Mitchell on be­half of the MS Ire­land’s East Wick­low branch.

An ac­tive mem­ber of the East Wick­low Branch, Damien recog­nised that geo­graphic re­gion of the lo­cal branch makes it im­prac­ti­cal for peo­ple liv­ing in Ark­low to at­tend cof­fee morn­ings tak­ing place in Bray. There­fore, he de­cided to set up a cof­fee sup­port group in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel over five years ago and has run it ever since. The cof­fee morn­ing is a very so­cial event which has grown in pop­u­lar­ity over the years.

Un­for­tu­nately, he was un­able to at­tend the MS Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Lim­er­ick on Septem­ber 21 so Mark Mitchell ac­cepted the award in his ab­sence.

How­ever, MS Ire­land CEO Ava Bat­tles at­tended the Ark­low cof­fee morn­ing on Fri­day last to present Damien with his award.

Damien has worked hard over the years to raise money for the East Wick­low branch. He has or­gan­ised a shave-off and darts night, and also se­cured flag days in Aldi, Tesco and Pet­titt’s Su­pervalu Ark­low.

Damien also or­gan­ised the use of the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel gym and ho­tel swim­ming pool for peo­ple with MS at a sub­stan­tially dis­counted rate.

When ad­vised that he was to re­ceive the hon­our from MS Ire­land, Damien said: ‘I re­ally en­joy help­ing peo­ple, it’s when I feel hap­pi­est if I know I have helped at least one per­son. Ark­low has a lot of amaz­ing peo­ple all sup­port­ing each other through things in life. The Ark­low cof­fee morn­ing is an amaz­ing way to meet great peo­ple and to see all peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life con­nect im­me­di­ately and help one an­other, that makes me smile.’

Damien Byrne (sec­ond from left), who re­ceived the MS Ire­land Per­son of the Year Award, with (from left) Elsie Ryan, chair­per­son of the MS East Wick­low branch, Mark Mitchell, who nom­i­nated Damien, Ava Bat­tles, CEO of MS Ire­land, and Geral­dine Dunne, Re­gional Com­mu­nity Worker at the cof­fee morn­ing in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel.

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