Ted Moynihan has dedicated more than a quarter of a century to looking after the welfare of cancer patients.
Now the 80-year-old, from Tralee, Co Kerry, has been held up as a testament to the difference one person can make.
Mr Moynihan has spearheaded fundraising initiatives to help raise more than €11m for end of life care.
Tonight, he was named Kerryman of the year by the Kerry Association Dublin.
The tireless worker was praised as the face of the Kerry Hospice and for dedicating the last 26 years of his life to the welfare of cancer sufferers.
“He has proved the power of one still exists, and is a major force,” Leesha Duffy, cathaoirleach of the Kerry Association, said.
Mr Moynihan said the award was a welcome recognition of those who work in palliative care in the area.
“I don’t do this for awards, but it is nice to get them all the same,” Mr Moynihan told those gathered at Iveagh House, on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green.
He said work was underway on a new 15-room inpatient facility.
Among the guests who spoke at the event were legendary broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief at Independent News and Media, publisher of the independent.ie
Forbairt na Dromoda scooped the Laochra Chiarraí award. The organisation was set up to help economic and social development of the Dromid region of the county.