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Care to Mention Top 5

As American author and motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia once said, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

We are delighted to bring to you five inspiring nominations to our Care to Mention competition, of five wonderful people who have bettered the life of another through acts of kindness, care and love, however big or small.

Mary from Clare cares to mention her mother, “She has a heart of gold. She cared full-time for her mother who passed away 5 years ago. She also cares for her sister who is handicapped and needs full-time care. And that is not all, she also is a carer for my 21 year old sister who at the young age of 4 years old suffered a stroke which left her with learning disabilities. She is a loving and caring person."

"I care to mention my Aunt, who I feel is a very worthy candidate for your competition - if only to highlight the commodity of unconditional kindness and nurturing that, unfortunately, is so rare today! I am blessed to have my Auntie in my life - when I have been so let down by others - she has ALWAYS been a constant. Thank You for giving me the opportunity to acknowledge her in this way!" Deirdre from England.

Adrienne from Clare introduces us to a woman who embodies the very essence of caring in the community "She knew me from the local community but we never talked much before. When I was in need of help, not only did she give me a helping hand, but she asked all her friends to help me out any way they can. I managed mostly on my own; this gesture gave me power and strength to go through that hell. Her help has been priceless."

Sharon from Kildare nominates her fiance. “He is the best thing to ever happen to me. He loves and adores me and always gives without asking for a thing in return. His kindness knows no bounds, from buying me flowers to surprising me with tea and toast. A girl couldn't ask for a better man. Him being deaf doesn't define him in any way....It makes him all that more special. I adore him."

My mam has been a carer all her life, from looking after her five younger siblings, to being an SNA to children with special needs and looking after her parents when they were ill. When my grandmother passed away, my mam was incredible looking after everyone and helping us to carry on. She was the rock of our family and has been caring for my grandfather since along with her siblings, ensuring everyone is looked after. She never asks for anything in return. She is the best mam ever.” - Aisling from Clare.

The winner of our Care to Mention competition will be announced this Saturday morning on George Hook's Saturday Sit In. Make sure to tune into Newstalk 106-108fm between 10am-12pm on Saturday to find out who is the winner of a brand new Apple iPad.

We would like to thank each and every one of you who entered our Care to Mention competition and shared your inspiring and heartening stories with us.