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Monday, 2nd December 2019

Liam voted Ireland’s Inspirational Charity Champion

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Liam O’Keefe, receives his award as Inspirational Charity Champion from Gary Desmond CEO Gala Retail (left) and Gerry Lennon, Commercial Director, INM.

Nicola Mc Donnell od Wheelchair Asociation is ‘Highly Commended

Liam O’Keefe, well known in Drogheda for his fundraising exploits i the gym, has been named as Ireland’s Inspirational Charity Champion at the inaugural Gala Retail / Sunday Independent Inspiration Awards last week.

Nominated by his daughter, Liam was presented with the Inspirational Charity Champion accolade by Brian Kennedy, which was awarded to William in recognition of his fundraising efforts for various charities.

Liam has raised almost €1 million for charities including the 5th floor in the Lourdes hospital, Boomerang Youth Club and suicide awareness charity SOSAD.

Inspirational people from all across Ireland were nominated at what was the first-ever Sunday Independent / Gala Retail Inspiration Awards.

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The winners were selected by a judging panel including Sunday Independent Life magazine wellness columnist, Alison Canavan; RTE’s Marty Morrissey; Special Olympics Ireland’s CEO, Matt English; Gala Retail’s CEO, Gary Desmond and Head of News at the Sunday Independent, Paul Sheridan.

“Brave, courageous, selfless and inspirational are just some of the words that go some way to describing our finalists and winners at the Sunday Independent / Gala Retail Inspiration Awards” said Gary Desmond, CEO of Gala Retail.

“Liam and his fellow winners are true examples of people who are making Ireland a better place for us all”. 

“My fellow judges and I were incredibly impressed by his continuous efforts in raising such an impressive sum of money for many charities; much needed funds that will be of huge benefit to others. Liam is a worthy winner and our Inspirational Charity Champion.” 

Another worthy winner from Drogheda was Nicola Mc Donnell who was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Inspiration in the Community category for her work and dedication to the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and her contribution to ‘Warriors on Wheels’ social club based in Drogheda.

Organised by Gala Retail in conjunction with the Sunday Independent, Gala created the Inspiration Awards as a way of celebrating the selfless acts and inspirational deeds of people in Ireland who are making the country a better place.

As a community retailer with almost 200 stories across Ireland, Gala store owners often hear of inspirational stories in their local communities, and the inaugural Sunday Independent / Gala Retail Inspiration Awards have elevated Ireland’s unsung heroes onto a national stage, giving these inspirational people the recognition they deserve, see

All the winners and finalists in the Gala Retail / Sunday Independent Inspiration Awards. Liam O'Keefe is on he left while Drogheda's other winner, Nicola Mc Donnell of the Irish Wheelchair Association is in the centre of the photo.
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