28 May 2022

Shane Crossan has made Longford a better place with his selfless acts and inspirational deeds

Shane Crossan is Longford's Inspirational Hero in Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards

Shane Crossan has made Longford a better place with his selfless acts and inspirational deeds

Pictured at Hanlon’s Gala, Longford are Shane Crossan from Longford town; David Mayne, Retail Operations Executive, Gala Retail and Gala Store Owner Patrick Hanlon

Following a nationwide search to uncover Ireland’s most inspirational people, Shane Crossan from Longford, is celebrating after being named an Inspirational Hero in the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards.

Established to shine a light on those individuals who make Ireland a better place with their selfless acts and inspirational deeds, Shane stood out for his dedication and work within the community.

Shane works with all demographics within the community to promote positivity and creativity through immersive community schemes that vary from small integration initiatives with ethnic minorities to larger community inclusive festivals and workshops.

Commenting on his award win, a member of the community commented: “Without Shane the community wouldn’t be half as vibrant or enjoyable. His attitude towards the Longford community is admirable and he won’t rest until everybody is made feel like a valued member of the Longford population.”

Inspirational people from across Ireland were nominated for the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards, with 26 inspirational county heroes being named from the hundreds of entries received.

Commenting on the quality of the entries, Gary Desmond, CEO of Gala Retail said: “We’re a national brand with a local focus, which is why we’ve partnered with Virgin Media to delivering a national platform to shine a light on and reward the amazing people who are making a real difference to Irish society. 

Gary continued: “Now in their third year the Inspiration Awards pay homage to people from all across Ireland who play their part creating a better country for us all. Operating in communities throughout Ireland, Gala Retailers have seen first-hand some of the great work that people have been doing and we are proud to have been able to recognise some of these inspirational individuals. We were overwhelmed by the level of nominations we received and Shane along with the fellow inspirational heroes are true examples of people who are making Ireland a better place for us all.”

2021 marks the third year of the Gala Retail Inspiration Awards created as a way of celebrating the selfless acts and inspirational deeds of people in Ireland who are making the country a better place.

Marian Mattimoe from Mayo was named as Overall Inspirational Person at the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards.

As a community retailer with 175 convenience stores nationwide, Gala store owners often hear of inspirational stories in their local communities, and this year’s Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards have elevated Ireland’s unsung heroes onto a national stage, giving these inspirational people the recognition they deserve.

Gala Retail has gifted €26,000 of prizes to the winners with the 26 county winners being awarded with €1000 hotel getaways across Ireland. For further information, see

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