Inspirational Geraldine Mullan has been shortlisted in the Local Hero category at the Women of the Year awards.

The Galway woman, now a proud resident of Moville, was nominated for her community work in loving memory of her husband John and children Tomás and Amelia who lost their lives in the Lough Foyle tragedy in August 2020.

“Overwhelmed, humbled and honoured to be shortlisted for the Local Hero award in the inaugural Women of the Year awards,” she said of the nomination.

“A big thank you to for hosting these awards – such an honour to be shortlisted alongside these amazing women.”

The Women of the Year Awards will take place on Sunday, October 9th at The Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire, with broadcaster Gráinne Seoige as host.

Geraldine’s kind-hearted ways of honouring her beloved family have been recognised a number of times at a local and national level. She was crowned as Ireland’s ‘Unsung Hero’ by RSVP Magazine in June. She also scooped the individual Community Champion of the year award at the Derry Journal People of the Year Awards earlier this month.

In August 2020, Geraldine was the sole survivor of a car accident at Lough Foyle which killed her husband John, 49, and children Tomás, 14, and Amelia, six.

Since then, she has dedicated her time to creating a welcoming community space for families to make precious memories.

In July 2021 Geraldine opened the Mullan HOPE Centre in her adopted town of Moville as a  ‘hub of positive energy’.

And last month she brought immense joy to Quigley’s Point by creating a field of HOPE, full of stunning sunflowers for people to enjoy.

For more information, please visit: The Mullan Hope Centre