ne of the few joys of the past year is witnessing those who, amidst all the lockdowns and fed-ups, simply went above and beyond for their fellow Greystonian.
Sometimes, it was a great big gesture, such Chakra and Las Tapas making free dinners for all the frontline workers.
Or those incrediblehealth workers daily facing Covid-19 head on, the town’s crucial rescue services – from the First Responders to the Irish Coast Guards – or the ever-present Garda.
At other times, it’s was simply one neighbour helping another by grabbing their newspaper and milk.
Throw in those who, day in, day out over the past 10 months, have been making sure that we all have what we need to make it through these strained days, and sure, we’re surrounded by secret superheroes in this town. Whether it’s the butchers, bakers and takeaway makers or the likes of Fiona Roche, David Dodd and their fellow pharmacists keeping us all stocked up on happy pills, there’s a plethora of people around here who have made living la vida sofa so much easier.
And then there’s the Flynnstones, Vincent’s, Greystones Cancer Support, the gringos who saved Christmas, Harris, Whitmore and all the other local politicians who are fighting a good fight…
Not that our search for Greystones’ Local Hero 2021 is all about those brave souls battling at the front. This is also a shout-out to those people like Conor Power, Dave Kenny, Colette Talbot, Aisling Leonard, Michelle Powers, Matt Wilson, dog poo-stirrer Bernie Stokes, the Chambers lass and so many others who set upvolunteer groups in 2020, or those who went out of their own to help.
Which is where you come in. Is there someone out there who you feel deserves their moment in the spotlight? Whether it’s someone who has been quietly working away in the shadows, building bridges (and theatres), or a hardy trooper out in the field of battle, you can nominate your local hero in the comments below.
Sorting out the selfless acts from the selfie acts, let us know why you’ve nominated them, if you can, with a few words of praise.
Sponsored by the very good people at AIB Greystones, we’ll be treating the winner of this public vote a slap-up feed for two from – or maybe even in! – their favourite Greystones eaterie come March…
More importantly, they’ll be blessed with the undying love and admiration of 20,000 Greystonians – for anything up to 12 months…
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