Clane has in its midst some amazing people and organisations who go above and beyond in their contributions of time and energy for the good of the community.
Throughout its history Clane Community Council has attempted to acknowledge such generosity by presenting Community Awards. Last year, in 2013, this format was reorganised a little with the launch of The Claonadh Award. The Claonadh Award is our community’s way of thanking an individual – or possibly a group – for making a particularly significant contribution to our community.
For her tireless efforts on behalf of those in our community with intellectual disabilities, for her championing of those living with physical challenges, and for helping to improve the quality of life for all of us in Clane, the Claonadh Award 2014 has been presented to Frida Lowry.
Over 28 years ago Maurice Shortt encouraged Frida, a new resident of Clane, to spend some time with KARE, a group that promotes inclusion for people with Intellectual Disabilities. Frida became so dedicated to this cause that she rose to board level of the organisation, and has continued to this day to tackle the needs of some of the more vulnerable in our community, through KARE, and through other complementary initiatives.
Back in 1992 Frida founded The Hang Out Club – a social club for teenagers with an intellectual disability in the greater Clane area. With the help of people like Teresa Killick and many volunteers, it now provides a wonderful social outlet for over 25 teenage members and a similar number of helpers.
With the establishment of Clane Access Group, Frida has also created a voice for those of us with physical challenges. Consulting closely with experts in the field, with local property owners and with Kildare County Council, Clane Access Group has helped make Clane a significantly more accessible village than it used to be. This has genuinely transformed the quality of life for many in our community. It has made it possible for more people in our community to enjoy access to the basic facilities that many of us take for granted.
John Kennedy, Chairman of Clane Community Council, was honoured to present The Claonadh Award to Frida at the Christmas celebration held in the Abbey Community Centre on Sunday December 7th last.