Gold Volunteer Award for Civil Defence member Blue

Gold Volunteer Award for Civil Defence member Blue


Clare Civil Defence has over 140 volunteers registered as members – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A Clare Civil Defence volunteer has been recognised for her dedicated service.

Blue McDonnell from Ennis has been awarded a Gold Volunteer Award at the University of Limerick Presidential Awards for her volunteer work with Clare Civil Defence.

As a direct result of Blue’s volunteerism with Clare Civil Defence she applied for and was accepted on the Undergraduate Paramedic Degree Course in UL as a mature student. Currently, Blue is in Liverpool on a 12-month placement with the NHS Ambulance Service as part of her training.

Blue spent 20 years working in the US where she also volunteered and when she returned to Ireland, joined Clare Civil Defence. Now studying for her degree in paramedic studies in UL, Blue says the experience and training she has received with Clare Civil Defence was invaluable to her when applying for her college course.

Congratultions to Clare Civil Defence volunteer Blue McDonnell on her recent award

Congratultions to Clare Civil Defence volunteer Blue McDonnell on her recent award.

Posted by The Clare Herald on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Last year, volunteer Orlaith Lyons was honoured with at NUIG for her services to Clare Civil Defence. Orlaith is currently in her third year of Speech and Language Therapy.

Clare Civil Defence Officer Noel Carmody said: “Both Blue and Orlaith are extremely well deserving of their awards as they have given a huge commitment to us. Clare Civil Defence is dependent on volunteers like Blue and Orlaith and like all our members, are an important part of the organisation.”

Clare Civil Defence would like to congratulate Blue on her recent award and wish her the best with her placement,” Mr Carmody added.

Clare Civil Defence has a membership over over 140 registered members.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.