• A Mayo girl was one of four young carers of the year at the Family Carers Ireland awards.

    11-year-old Hailey Golden from Balla was honoured with the award for the help she gives to her three brothers with special needs.

    She has learned ‘Lámh’ and Picture Exchange Communication to help look after her siblings and helps to feed and dress them as well as assisting in using their speech devices.

    Speaking at the awards ceremony, Hailey said she began taking part in the care of her siblings from the age of five onwards.