Launching this year's awards are presenter Miriam O'Callaghan, last year's winner Colette O'Shea from Limerick, with her daughter Caoimhe (9), and Mick Galwey, Netwatch Brand Ambassador and Irish rugby legend.

Nominations open for Family Carer of the Year Awards

Family Carers Ireland is excited to announce the launch of its highly anticipated Netwatch Family Carer of the Year Awards 2023 which seek to recognise the exceptional dedication and selflessness of family carers and young carers right across the country.

The annual awards ceremony will take place at the Westin Hotel in Dublin on Thursday November 30.

Family carers are the backbone of our society, going above and beyond each day in providing care at home for loved ones with additional needs.

Now in their 16th year, the Netwatch Family Carer of the Year Awards shine a bright light on these individuals and the invaluable role they play.

Westmeath’s family carers truly deserve to be recognised and supported by society.

"We are delighted to open nominations for the Netwatch Family Carer of the Year Awards 2023. This event is a cornerstone of our mission to honour and recognise the remarkable contribution of every single family carer nationwide," said Catherine Cox, head of communications and policy at Family Carers Ireland.

"It is an opportunity for the public to nominate and celebrate the family carers and young carers in their lives who consistently go the extra mile in caring for their loved ones."

“Appreciating the crucial role of family carers is more than mere gratitude; it's a call for action. We must recognise the physical and emotional demands they face. Often, due to a lack of essential supports and services from the State, they have little option but to prioritise caregiving over their own well-being, sacrificing personal time, career prospects and social connections.

Pictured at the launch event is last year's winner, Colette O'Shea from Lisnagry, Limerick, with her children Caoimhe (9), Haydn (10) and Luke (12), joined by presenter Miriam O'Callaghan, Mick Galwey, Netwatch Brand Ambassador and Irish rugby legend, and Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement at Family Carers Ireland. Photo by Mark Stedman

"This can result in stress, health-related challenges and ultimately, carer burnout. Providing support and resources to family carers is imperative and we must ensure they have access to vital services such as respite care, appropriate financial support, and assistance in navigating the challenges of our healthcare system.”

Amy Kelly, support manager community, Family Carers Ireland expressed her enthusiasm for this year's award and the specific call for nominations from Westmeath stating:

"Westmeath is home to countless inspiring family carers who devote themselves to their loved ones' wellbeing. Their relentless dedication often goes unnoticed, but their impact on the lives of those they care for is immeasurable. We urge everyone in Westmeath to join us in recognising and celebrating local family carers by nominating someone they know."

Charity Ambassador and awards host Miriam O’ Callaghan said:

"I am deeply inspired by the immense dedication of family carers across the country who provide unwavering support and care for their loved ones behind closed doors. It is time to bring their incredible contributions into the spotlight, acknowledging their resilience, compassion and extraordinary commitment."

Nominate someone you know today at or call the National Freephone Careline on 1800 24 07 24 to request a nomination form by post. Nominations should be submitted no later than Friday October 13.