MIC Student Honoured for her Courage
LAURA MCINERNEY, from Co. Limerick, who suffered a brain haemorrhage just weeks after starting college, was one of 10 stroke survivors whose courage was celebrated at the Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Awards last week.
Laura, a BA ECCE student at Mary Immaculate College, became ill just over a year ago. Despite such a devastating blow to someone on the cusp of her career, she has remained motivated, positive and driven about her rehabilitation.
The Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Awards celebrate the achievements of those affected by stroke in addition to recognising the hard work and dedication of their families and carers.
The adjudication jury for the awards is made up of members from the Irish Heart Foundation’s Council on Stroke, an expert group of medics and therapists that work in the area of stroke. Laura received the Irish Heart Foundation’s Young Person’s Courage Award from All-Ireland champions Alan Brogan and Bryan Cullen, at a ceremony in Dublin, hosted by presenter Marty Whelan.
Speaking at the event Laura said: "I would urge anyone to always look at the positive side, work hard, be determined and have a great mother by your side."
Her mother, Miriam McInerney was with her on the night and said "It has been a very tough year but we have come through. Laura is an inspiration to us all because she always stays positive."
Irish Heart Foundation Chief Executive, Michael O’Shea, said it was hoped that the awards, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, would help keep the need for better stroke services high on the health agenda. Speaking at the awards ceremony he said "Because there is life after stroke and we have the heroes to prove it".
The Young Person's Courage award winner
Laura McInerney from Limerick pictured
with Dublin football captain Bryan Cullen