THE courage and determination of Ayeisha Grogan, a 31 year old secondary school teacher from Lisdowney, was celebrated at the Rehab Kilkenny People of the Year awards, sponsored by Kilkenny Local Authorities and the Kilkenny People.
Ayeisha was declared the overall winner of the Person of the Year for 2011. It was an emotional night for Ayeisha and her family - the same weekend in 2010 was when Ayeisha suffered serious head injuries following a car crash and indeed was given the last rights.
Since then her recovery has been remarkable, and she expects to be back in the classroom next year. She has proven to be an inspiration to many by her recovery from a life-changing accident. On the night. Ayeisha received two standing ovations as she displayed her courage once again - attending the function just days after a serious medical operation.
Other local people celebrated on the night were Padraig McMorrow for his work with Kilkenny Bereavement Support Group; Brendan Kelly of the local Kilkenny Scouts; the School of the Holy Spirit; All-Star hurler Henry Shefflin; Kitty Walsh from Mullinavat; Hall of Fame winner Jimmy Walsh from Callan and Irene Hennebry for her work with Fit 4 Life.
Over 220 guests attended a gala function in The Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny last weekend where the award winners were honoured and the overall 2011 award winner was announced.
Full report and pictures from the night in this week’s Kilkenny People.