FOLLOWING a nationwide search to uncover Ireland’s most inspirational people, Fr Pat Ward from Burtonport is celebrating after being named an Inspirational Hero in the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards.
Nominated by friends and members of his congregation, Fr Ward stood out for this quick thinking, determination and positive attitude. When lockdown hit, he quickly adapted to moving his service online, with a live stream inside the chapel bringing the daily Mass directly into people’s homes. The virtual Mass attracted people from all across the World, including Norway, Sweden, Spain, Australia and America.
Inspirational people from across Ireland were nominated for the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards, with 26 inspirational county heroes being named from the hundreds of entries received.
Each of the 26 award-winning heroes demonstrated how they have made Ireland a better place with their selfless acts and inspirational deeds during the Covid-19 crisis, and how they have gone above and beyond for others in their local community.