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IASW Announces Short List of 2016 Social Work Awards

  • 18 May 2016

Dear IASW Members, Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter this year, we had a huge amount of interest in the awards, in our second year! These prestigious awards seek to showcase the superb innovations that are shaping and improving Social Work practice. We received a significant number of entries that detail how social workers continue to improve the service they provide for their service users.

The Social Work Awards are a celebration of social work practice, and the Irish Association of Social Workers has created a space where all areas of social work practice are not only acknowledged, but celebrated. You are invited to join us on this important night for our profession and be inspired by the work of those nominated, where the Winners will be announced. 


2016 Team of the Year

Dublin North City Mental Health Team

Sligo University Hospital Team

Medical Social Work Department, The Mater Hospital


2016 Social Worker of the Year

Gabrielle McDaid – Tusla, Donegal

Caroline Cantan – Enable Ireland, Dublin 24

Joe McCarthy – Tusla, Cork


2016 Practice Teacher of the Year

Brian Donnelly – Clontarf Mental Health Sector, Dublin

Martina Doyle – Brothers of Charity, Waterford


2016 Researcher of the Year

Nerilee Ceatha – Tusla, Dublin 9

Carmel Halton – University College Cork

Olivia O’Connell – Tusla, Cork


2016 Newly Qualified Social Worker

Victoria McGuinness – Mayo University Hospital, Mayo

Kate Newell – Cork University Hospital, Cork

Michelle Byrne – Primary Care Centre, Dublin 8

Tickets for this event are no sale NOW: click on link below, tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis and can only be purchased online via our website;  

Date                 Friday 17 June, 2016

Price                 €40 members/ €70 non-members

Location            The Croke Park Stadium, Croke Park, Dublin 3

Time                 7:00pm

Dress Code       Semi-formal


The Social Work Awards 2016 will follow a three course dinner. 

Good Luck to all of the nominees, and we look forward to seeing you at the Awards Ceremony. 


Donal O’Malley