WINNER: Pictured at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019 is Jerh O’Donoghue and Aine Horan and representatives from Rathmore Social Action Group receiving the National Lottery Good Causes Commmunity Award. Photo: MacInnes Photography


By Michelle Crean


Plans are in place for a new sensory garden and outdoor sheltered area in Rathmore after a local group scooping a whopping €10,000 prize this week.


Rathmore Social Action Group were thrilled to win the Community award category at the 2019 National Lottery Good Causes Awards on Saturday night, after years of hard work in the community.

The group was founded in 1983 to give young people an opportunity to undertake community work and make a difference. Since then they have developed a care programme for older people which includes the provision of social housing, a day care centre, a meals on wheels and laundry service, and is regarded as one of the best models of its kind in the country.

36 finalists from all over Ireland gathered for a glittering awards dinner in the Clayton Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Saturday, hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Grainne Seoige, with support from social media influencer and presenter, James Patrice.


Members of the group, including Áine Horan and her father Jehr O’Donoghue, who established the group, picked up the award from publisher and businessperson, Norah Casey.

“It’s just wonderful,” Áine, who is a Volunteer Director, told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“It’s a great privilege to be acknowledged for the work we do. We are hoping to use the funding for a sensory garden with a sheltered outdoor area that clients from the day centre can access all year around.”

And she thanked all those who made it possible.

“It’s great recognition for the organisation for all who volunteer and those who work with the organisation.”