Inspirational Geraldine Mullan has won the Local Hero category at the inaugural Women of the Year awards.

She was announced as the popular winner on Sunday night by broadcaster Gráinne Seoige at a glitzy ceremony Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire.

The event celebrated women across multiple genres – including business, the arts, social justice and sports.

The special category called ‘Local Hero’ also honoured women put forward by readers who have made an impact in their local area.

Geraldine Mullan has been hailed as an inspiration in both her local community and nationwide.

In 2020, Geraldine’s entire life changed when she lost her husband John and her two children Tomas and Amelia when their car plunged into the Foyle. Geraldine was the only family member to survive.

Geraldine, who works in the Oncology Ward of Letterkenny University Hospital, has strived to honour their memory every day. She has already set up the Mullan Hope Centre (Hub Of Positive Energy) in her hometown of Moville in Donegal for the local community to host events.

Geraldine also recently created the Field of Hope, a field in Donegal filled with 250,000 sunflowers which she, along with the farmer who owns the land and groups in the local community, opened up for a weekend to mark the 2nd anniversary of John, Tomas and Amelia’s deaths.

All the winners of each category at the awards were chosen by a highly-esteemed panel of all-female judges.

For updates and more information on Geraldine’s voluntary work, please visit: The Mullan Hope Centre