A Donegal woman is celebrating after being named an Inspirational Hero in the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards.

Established to shine a light on those individuals who make Ireland a better place with their selfless acts and inspirational deeds, Carmel Doherty from Manorcunningham was one of a number people chosen.

Carmel stood out to the judges for her dedication to others within the community.

Carmel Doherty from ManorCunningham, Donegal receiving €1000 voucher from Gala representative David Mayne and Gala Store owner Ivan Browne. Carmel was nominated as an Inspirational Hero of The Year. Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

Involved in community activities for over 40 years, Carmel selflessly gives up time and energy helping others less off.

Chairperson of the local community resource centre, which is run on a completely voluntary basis, Carmel organises events and activities for everyone in the community from senior citizens to mother’s and toddlers.

Some of the fundraising activities that Carmel has been involved in include setting up a funeral tea service to reduce costs for people who have lost lives ones.

Carmel was instrumental in the success of the local marching band who went on to win six all Ireland titles. She has also successfully fought for better amenities for the area including proper drinking water, a new health centre and a community centre for the village.

She was congratulated by Gary Desmond, CEO of Gala Retail.