Here are our 5 SHINE Heroes

Here are our 5 SHINE Heroes

Following weeks of sifting through hundreds of amazing nominations from across the South East, we have our five SHINE Heroes.

SHINE Heroes is run by Beat in association with the Shona Project in Waterford with the aim of finding five inspirational girls living in the South East, one from each county. All five girls will take part in a special event called SHINE at WIT Arena to mark International Day of the Girl on Friday, 11th October.

Each finalist was chosen for their own special actions. These include:

Wexford SHINE Hero Olivia Smith who is caring, loving and a big believer in helping others despite her own medical setbacks.


Waterford SHINE Hero Ellie Mulcahy who has raised over €6,000 for Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital and almost €14,000 for the Waterford and South Kilkenny Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.

Tipperary SHINE Hero Hannah Smith who was nominated by her cousin, who says she is “Creative, selfless and loving.”

Kilkenny SHINE Hero Caoimhe Keher Murtagh who has ended up on nine school sports teams in three different sports won countless medals and received a nomination for soccer player of the year just 12 months after starting in a secondary school in which she knew no one.

Carlow SHINE Hero Emma Hogan who has twice donated 16 inches of her own hair to the Rapunzel foundation for young girls in need of wigs.


Tammy Darcy from the Shona Project said;

“We feel that, as girls, we need to take time from our days to celebrate everything that makes us special and unique, because those are the parts of ourselves that will get us through tough days. Shine is about just that. We want the girls of the South East to know that there are so many people who care about them, and want them to succeed and be happy, and realise what a powerful thing that is.”

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“We are delighted to be part of such an amazing event as "Shine".  The core message of the event is about encouraging and inspiring young girls such as ourselves which we feel is extremely important. We cannot wait to attend this wonderful event in WIT on Friday 11th and meet all the amazing SHINE HEROES.  Best of luck girls.”


Wexford's Hero 

Waterford's Hero

Tipp's Hero

Kilkenny's Hero

Carlow's Hero 

Shine Heroes on Beat with The Shona Project and Makes Cents.