The intensive care consultant Dr Catherine Motherway, who heads up the ICU at University Hospital Limerick and who has been a vocal medical advocate during the Covid crisis, has been named Limerick Person of the Year.

Dr Motherway, who painted a sobering picture of the difficulties ahead for Ireland at the start of the pandemic, said it was very emotional to receive the honour.

She dedicated her award to her doctor and hospital colleagues and to all the patients they lost and saved, and in particular to two colleagues who died from the virus.

She said she remembered them in particular and she hoped we could remember all those we lost and mark their passing properly in the future.

Dr Motherway, who was President of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland, said today offered lots of hope and particularly with the ongoing vaccination programme in the continued fight against the coronavirus.

She was one of 12 monthly nominees in the Limerick Leader sponsored Person of the Year including singer and performer Denise Chalia, the Limerick Hurling team, champion mountain biker Oisin O'Callaghan, and Epson Derby winning jockey Emmet McNamara.

The winner was announced at a virtual ceremony in the city tonight.