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  • Northside West

Champ Conor is a hero

Monday, 18th September, 2017 6:00pm
Champ Conor  is a hero

Conor Grassick from Drumcondra is his family’s hero.

Champ Conor  is a hero

Conor Grassick from Drumcondra is his family’s hero.

NORTHSIDER Conor Grassick was declared a real champion to his family at the Hidden Hearing Hero awards last week.

The 24-year-old from Drumcondra was awarded the Family Hero award at a presentation ceremony in the InterContinental 

Hotel, Dublin 4, that was held on Monday, September 11.

In April this year, Conor’s mum Ann was diagnosed with leukaemia, and with Conor’s 20-year-old younger brother Colin having Prader Willi syndrome, he took over managing the house and became a full-time carer. 

A Taekwondo champion, Conor had been training for the world championships, which were held in Korea earlier this year.  

While he didn’t feel he should compete, his mother told him to go, and to do it for her! 

Ann says that she would not be able to fight her cancer so strongly if she did not have Conor looking after Colin.  

“My son has sacrificed a lot and will never know how much he has done, and continues to do for us, as a family” she says. 

“Our Family Hero winner is a remarkable example of how it’s possible to overcome challenges and put others first.”

A grateful Conor was naturally delighted with the award and recognition for his selfless work in caring for his brother and mother.

“I have done lots of work since April with my mam being diagnosed with Leukaemia,” he said. 

“My mam nominated me during her second round of chemo.

“I was very happy and proud of being noticed for what I have done.”

Stephen Leddy, Managing Director of Hidden Hearing, heaped praise on Conor at the awards presentation.

“Conor’s love and care for his family, sacrificing his own interests and opportunity, represents true selfless love and generosity,” he said.

Another Northsider, Keira Gill from Ayrfield, was also presented with an award for setting up a mobile soup kitchen with her best friend Karl.

The kitchen has fed hundreds of homeless people and Keira and Karl 

have helped some to find permanent accommodation.

Open to people from all walks of life, the Hidden Hearing Hero Awards has been run since 2011, and invites nominations from members of the public in a number of categories.

Hidden Hearing supports the awards scheme, but nominees are not necessarily deaf or hard of    hearing.

“Hidden Hearing backs the Heroes awards programme because, like our hearing, special people are sometimes taken for granted, and are maybe not fully appreciated until they’re not around,” Leddy said.

Broadcaster Mary Kennedy was MC at the glittering awards presentation.  

Celebrities and media personalities on hand to congratulate the 2017 Hidden Hearing Heroes included Aisling O’Loughlin, Lorraine Keane, Nuala Carey, Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick.

Also there was sports star Tony Ward, chef Kevin Dundon, singer Melanie McCabe and actors Maclean Burke, Tony Tormey and Claudia Carroll.

 

 

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