The 2012 nominations campaign has officially been launched for The People of the Year Awards, Ireland’s national awards ceremony which celebrates the country’s most inspiring citizens. In Merrion Square Dublin, a group of Young People of the Year winners from previous years were joined by cricketers John Mooney and Andrew Poynter, winners of the sports award in 2011, to celebrate the launch of the 38th awards. This year’s awards are organised by Rehab and will be broadcast on RTÉ One on Saturday 15 September.
Members of the public are being asked to nominate the real-life heroes around the country. If you know someone who has shown great courage or who has given selflessly of their time to help others, why not ensure that they get the recognition that they truly deserve. People can submit details of their nominee online at www.peopleoftheyear.com
or by contacting the People of the Year Awards office for a nomination form on 01 2057260. The closing date for entries is Friday, 29th June, 2012.
Not only are the Awards a wonderful way to acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond to help others, and those who have been courageous in the face of adversity, The People of the Year awards are also a highlight of the Irish social calendar, with a host of stars and public figures attending on the night. Award winners in recent years include Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Brian O’Driscoll, David Kelly, Keith Duffy, Nuala O’Loan, Padraig Harrington, Christy Moore, Tommy Tiernan, Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Terry Wogan, Maeve Binchy, Dr Mo Mowlam, Ronan Keating, Senator George Mitchell, Mary Robinson, Veronica Guerin, and Sonia O’Sullivan.
The winners of the People of the Year Awards are nominated by members of the public and finalised by a panel of adjudicators. Categories are dedicated to arts and culture, sport, public sector achievement, Person of the Year and Young Person of the Year.
So if you know someone who you feel is deserving of such an award, visit www.peopleoftheyear.com
and nominate them before Friday, June 29th.