On Tuesday 23rd February 2021, the Irish Independent newspaper (journalist Arlene Harris) did a focus on young carers, under the banner “Teenage hero: ‘There is a stigma around caring but it teaches you to really appreciate your family. It is pure love.” The article featured a local and remarkable teenage family carer and Leaving Cert student Sean Collins from the Scotstown area who is involved with many disability groups in the area, including Monaghan Special Olympics and Tydavnet Faith and Light, as his sister Kathryn has a chromosomal disability called SATB2, has no speech and while physically able, requires 24/7 care. Kathryn is in residential care at the minute due to lockdown, but Sean now also helps around the house and offers support to his father who is taking care of his mother while she lives with aggressive cancer. It’s a wonderfully brave and selfless story of his everyday life that he carries out with pride and dignity, and I can’t do the article or Sean justice here in this short column. The complete article and photos are reproduced on the Tydavnet website and Facebook pages. Sean is a wonderful role model for people of all ages. Read the article here: 

https://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/teenage-hero-there-is-a-stigma-around-caring-but-it-teaches-you-to-really-appreciate-your-family-it-is-pure-love-40115464.html

Image source: Irish Independent 23/02/2021