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Wogan, Geldof and McCartney Women Scoop Top ESB/Rehab People of the Year Awards



Terry Wogan was tonight (Saturday September 17th) named as Ireland’s Greatest Living Entertainer at the presentation of the 31st annual ESB/Rehab People of the Year Awards in Dublin.

The Limerick-born radio and TV star received the award at a ceremony hosted by Gay Byrne in City West Hotel for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting and light entertainment during a career spanning five decades.

Meanwhile, Bob Geldof was chosen as the International Person of the Year for his extraordinary campaign to make poverty history and for once again raising the world’s consciousness through Live 8 of the problems facing the developing world.

The Irish Person of the Year Award was awarded jointly to Bridgeen Hagans and the McCartney sisters for their courage and dignity in seeking justice for Robert McCartney in the face of a protracted campaign of intimidation.

And the Young Irish Person of the Year was another joint award to Neil Burke, Anthony Maine and Donal Mooney representing the pupils of Palmerstown Community School for their stand which enabled their deported friend and classmate Olukunle return to Ireland to sit his Leaving Cert exams.

Minister for Finance Brian Cowen was guest of honour at the presentation of the Awards in Dublin’s City West Hotel which are organised each year by Rehab, sponsored by the ESB and broadcast live on RTE 1.

Broadcaster Marian Finucane received her award for her tireless commitment to others through her work in the Irish Hospice Foundation and for offering hope and dignity to many people in Africa whose lives have been torn apart by HIV/AIDS.

GAA president Sean Kelly was honoured for his courageous and stylish leadership of the GAA through times of great transition and during the Rule 42 debate in particular. And David Joyce received an award for his determination and dedication to the cause of human rights for Travellers.

Meanwhile Fr Peter McVerry was also selected as a Person of the Year for dedicating his life to the poor and marginalised in Irish society, and for acting as a fearless advocate for those who have no voice.

The award winners were chosen by an adjudicating committee including editors from national newspapers, provincial press and broadcast media from nominations made by the public. The Greatest Living Entertainer Award was decided by an expert panel who chose the winner from a shortlist of the 15 most popular nominees voted for by the Irish public.

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People of the Year Awards Citations

Terry Wogan

For his outstanding contribution to broadcasting and light entertainment over many years and for his role as a great ambassador for Ireland, Terry Wogan is Ireland's Greatest Living Entertainer.

Bob Geldof

For his extraordinary campaigning zeal in the quest to 'make poverty history' and for once again raising the world's consciousness of the mammoth challenges facing the developing world, Bob Geldof is this year's International People of the Year Award

Bridgeen Hagans and the McCartney Sisters

For their tremendous dignity and courage in their fight for justice for Robert McCartney and their refusal to be silenced by a campaign of intimidation, Bridgeen Hagans and the McCartney Sisters are jointly awarded the Irish Person of the Year Award.

Neil Burke, Anthony Maine, Donal Mooney

For their spontaneous, principled and courageous stand on behalf of their friend and classmate, Olukunle, the pupils of Palmerstown Community School, led by Anthony Maine, Donal Mooney and Neil Burke, jointly receive this year's Young Irish Person of the Year Award.

Marian Finucane

For her tireless commitment to others through her work in the Irish Hospice Foundation and for offering hope and dignity to many people in Africa whose lives have been torn apart by HIV/AIDS, Marian Finucane is awarded a People of the Year Award.

Sean Kelly

For his courageous and stylish leadership of the GAA through times of great transition and during the Rule 42 debate in particular, Sean Kelly is awarded a People of the Year Award.

David Joyce

For his determination and dedication to the cause of human rights for Travellers, David Joyce is awarded a People of the Year Award.

Fr Peter McVerry

For dedicating his life to the poor and marginalised in Irish society, and for acting as a fearless advocate for those who have no voice, Fr. Peter McVerry is awarded a People of the Year Award.

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