Eoghan recognised with Garda Special Achievement award
Dunleer man Eoghan McCabe was the recipient of a well deserved Garda Special achievement award for his extraordinary charity work. Eoghan raised an astonishing €55,585 for Williams Syndrome by holding a charity tractor run as part of his TY project in Scoil Ui Mhuiri. The event was called ‘Eoghan’s Home Run’ and was a huge success with all money raised going to the Ardee Hospice and Drogheda Special Olympics.
Eoghan was born with a rare genetic condition called Williams Syndrome but despite the challenges he has faced the Dunleer man has been able to attend his local secondary school in Dunleer as well as help out with his local GAA club.
The Garda National Youth Awards recognise exceptional young people aged 13-21 who have positively contributed to their community. This year’s event took place at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise and acknowledged the remarkable contributions made in a number of Garda Divisions across the country.
The Garda National Youth Awards were promoted and expanded by the then Assistant Commisioner, Anne Marie McMahon who now as Deputy Commisiioner continues to recognise the meaningful work of so many people in communities across Ireland. Deputy McMahon presented each of the 25 awards presented on the day.
Garda Siochana Louth Division praised Eoghan for all his hard work and for the positive influence he has in his community.
“Eoghan has proven that it is as true as is said, ‘where there is a will there is a way.’ With years of hard work, love and perseverance, Eoghan has been able to attend his local secondary school, Scoil Uí Mhuirí together with his siblings. He plays a central part in the management and operations of his local GAA club and among friends and club mates in the Special Olympics, Drogheda.
“There is smiles and laughter wherever Eoghan is. His happy, positive disposition brings an infectious smile to all who have the pleasure of encountering him or to be in his presence. In 2022, Eoghan had the genius idea of holding a Charity Tractor Run as part of his Transition Year project for the benefit of charities close to his heart, and he held it again this year to raise a combined €55,585.
“Eoghan’s Home Run” as it is now known, has been a tremendous success and is a testament to his spirit and enthusiasm that he managed to pull it all off with the support of his allies and peers in the community. It is Eoghan’s modesty, however, that is most endearing and makes him such a special character. He spreads positivity wherever he goes,” concluded the statement from Garda Siochana Louth.