The National Lottery Good Causes Awards honour the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland, who, with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding, have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities.
In 2015, Lough Ree Lanesboro Angling Hub approached the Irish Wheelchair Association and a number of disability groups to draw up designs for a unique vessel. Local people with disabilities designed their own boat, which would allow wheelchair users to ‘roll-on’ and ‘roll-off’, eliminating the need for lifting or hoisting.
National Lottery funding assisted the group in the construction of their ‘Access for All’ boat, which had its debut voyage on Lough Ree in August 2020.
The Awards have six categories: Sport, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage, Arts and Culture, Community and Youth. A seventh category, Irish Language, will have a special award, to be announced on the night at the awards final.
Each category winner will receive €10,000, while the overall Good Cause of the Year will get an additional €25,000 on top of this. The winners will be announced at a virtual event, hosted by Grainne Seoige live from the Mansion House on Saturday, May 29th.