Brothers Joe and Jimmy Murphy win Young Carer Award

Carer of the Year Award winners (L to R) Joe & Jimmy Murphy who where presented trophies by Hozier during the Pride of Ireland Awards, Dublin
Carer of the Year Award winners (L to R) Joe & Jimmy Murphy who where presented trophies by Hozier
during the Pride of Ireland Awards, Dublin

When Elaine Murphy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in October last year she feared her two teenage boys mightn’t be able to cope.

But she needn’t have worried. Instead Joe, 17, who is Autistic and Jimmy, 16, who suffers from Dyslexia, have “shone” as they looked after their mum and then in turn their dad Gerry, who was struck down with Crohn’s disease in March.

Elaine said: “They have had their own academic issues, but they have come into their own this year. They have got all merits and distinctions – they have never got that before. They look after all the household chores and don’t let me lift a finger.

“They are so caring,” she praised.

Mum-of-three Elaine, 49, said her boys have grown into young, mature men since her diagnosis and continue to make her proud by excelling at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann School as they study for their Leaving Certs; as well as taking new responsibilities in their stride.

“Because I had no immune system, I couldn’t visit Gerry in hospital when he was being treated for Crohn’s but the boys were so organised they would come out of a visit and say ‘Dad needs this and that’ and get it all sorted.

“They are equally fantastic and I’m blessed with the sons I have.”

Elaine has undergone a double mastectomy and despite being in the middle of her latest round of radiotherapy, nothing can dampen her praise for the care her boys have given.

“They have eased many burdens and have made it much easier for myself and my husband. They keep my spirits up. They have totally shone,” she said.

Judges’ opinion: “These teenage lads have had to cope with not just one but both their parents falling ill. They have risen to the challenge of being dedicated carers for their parents, as well as excelling at school despite having to deal with their own personal issues.”        


The two amazing winners from Co Wicklow picked up his Pride of Ireland gong at the star-studded Irish Mirror awards event.

Celebrities, such as Hozier, Shay Given, Katie Piper and Sean O’Brien, shone a light on inspirational, unsung heroes behind incredible stories of courage and selflessness at the glittering gala at The Doubletree by Hilton in Dublin.

‘Take Me to Church’ hitmaker Hozier, 26, presented the loving lads with their award.

He said: “I was thrilled to present the award. Throughout my life I’ve had family members who have varying health and that’s a very hard thing and responsibility to shoulder.

“It comes at the expense at other things your youth should allow for. It’s a really noble thing to do. These guys are great.”

Joe said: “It’s great to meet Hozier in person. I love his music. It’s an honour. I’m speechless to be honest. It’s means a lot.”

Jimmy added: “I never thought we would get an award for looking after mum and dad.”

It was the third year of the spectacular awards, sponsored by Lidl Ireland and presented by Amanda Byram.


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