Sarah Nally, who is head of drama at Mullingar Arts Centre.

Westmeath woman named as Inspirational Hero in Gala Retail Awards

Following a nationwide search to uncover Ireland’s most inspirational people, Sarah Nally from Mullingar is celebrating after being named an Inspirational Hero in the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards.

Head of drama at Mullingar Arts Centre, Sarah worked throughout the lockdown to ensure that the junior and senior stage schools stayed open for all the children that attend weekly.

She organised and ran weekly Zoom sessions, making sure the children had an escape and a sense of normality during lockdown.

Inspirational people from across Ireland were nominated for the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards, and 26 county heroes being were named.

Each demonstrated how they have made Ireland a better place with their selfless acts and inspirational deeds during the Covid-19 crisis, and how they have gone above and beyond for others in their local community.

Gary Desmond, CEO of Gala Retail, said:“This year Gala Retail teamed up with Virgin Media for the Inspiration Awards as we wanted to deliver a national platform to shine a light on and reward the amazing people who have become true heroes during life under lockdown and who are making a real difference to Irish society.

“2020 has been hugely difficult for everyone – however, it has also demonstrated the immense community spirit that exists in Irish communities.

“We were overwhelmed by the level of nominations we received and Sarah along with the fellow inspirational heroes are true examples of people who are making Ireland a better place for us all.”

Gala Retail has gifted €20,000 of prizes to the winners, and the 26 county winners were rewarded with luxury stays in some of Ireland’s most beautiful Blue Book properties.

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