Deirdre -- a true Irish heroine
The selfless example of Deirdre Horan, who yesterday won the Munster Carer of the Year Award, should serve as an inspiration to us all in these difficult times.
As we report today, Deirdre, from Tralee, Co Kerry, cares for her 15-year-old daughter Rachel. The teenager suffers from Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that requires constant care.
However, far from bemoaning her situation, Deirdre says that: "We have always looked after Rachel here and it has never been a burden. It was just part of our lives."