Thursday, October 29, 2020

Congratulations to Shaun Duane from Newbridge, who is celebrating after being named an Inspirational Hero in the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards.

Nominated by family and friends for the Inspiration Award, Shaun’s entry stood out for his dedication and endless hard work. Working as a postman, Shaun has gone above and beyond his call of duty throughout the pandemic, delivering newspapers and checking in on his elderly clients during his post run. During the day, he picks up errands and local shopping required by those in his neighbourhood, whilst in the evening Shaun started up and continues to run socially distanced quizzes, bingo and kids discos. On his nomination, one person commented: “he really is an inspirational man, giving back to the local community whilst asking for nothing in return. It is incredible the positive difference one man’s actions can make.”

Commenting on the quality of the entries, Gary Desmond, CEO of Gala Retail comments:“2020 has been hugely difficult for everyone however, it has also demonstrated the immense community spirit that exists within Irish communities. Operating in communities throughout Ireland, Gala Retailers have seen first-hand some of the great work that people have been doing and we are proud to have been able to recognise some of these inspirational individuals. We were overwhelmed by the level of nominations we received and Shaun along with the fellow inspirational heroes are true examples of people who are making Ireland a better place for us all.”

 Gala Retail has gifted €20,000 of prizes to the winners, with 26 county winners being awarded with luxury stays in some of Ireland’s most beautiful Blue Book properties. For further information, see

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