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Former winners gather to launch the search for 2016 People of the Year



The People of the Year Awards, Ireland’s top honours system which celebrates some of the country’s most inspiring people, today officially launched its search for the heroes of 2016. Now in its 42nd year, the awards, which are organised by Rehab, will be broadcast this year on RTÉ One on Saturday 3rd December. A host of former winners gathered in the historical Collins Barracks in Dublin, to reflect on this special year in Ireland’s history, and, one hundred years on from 1916, to launch a search for more of our country’s heroes.

Coming together for the launch were previous award winners Ruairi de Barra, Óglaigh na hÉireann (2015), Ade & Marty Stack (2015), Fadhila Hajji (2015), John Evoy (2015), Aoibheann Mangan & Padraig Godwin (2015) and Louise O’Keeffe (2014) who gathered at Clarke Square in Collins Barracks to call on the general public to vote for their 2016 People of the Year.

The ceremony is a special opportunity for the Irish public to honour and celebrate those extraordinary people among us; those who have shown courage, bravery, determination and those who have contributed to our society and to their local communities in their own unique and individual ways in the past 12 months.

Nominating someone is easy – the public can submit details of their chosen nominee online at www.peopleoftheyear.com or www.facebook.com/PeopleOfTheYearAwards. You can also contact the People of the Year Awards office for a nomination form on 01 2057260. The closing date for entries is 12th September. All the winners are nominated by the Irish public and finalised by a panel of adjudicators. As well as a number of general awards, people can nominate their Young Person of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, International Person of the Year and the Community Group of the Year.

Mo Flynn, CEO of Rehab Group commented on the launch: “Every year we are humbled by the powerful nomination stories we receive. People among us are extraordinary and do amazingly selfless things every day that may not get the recognition they deserve. We want to celebrate these people and honour their incredible achievements, dedication and determination. The People of the Year Awards give the country the opportunity to honour those people, and to celebrate their valuable contributions.’’

The People of the Year Awards have been organised by Rehab since they began in 1974. Previous high-profile award winners include: Paul O’Connell, Brendan O’Carroll, Katie Taylor, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Brian O’Driscoll, Keith Duffy, Padraig Harrington, Christy Moore, Sir Terry Wogan, Sir Bob Geldof, Tommy Tiernan, Maeve Binchy, Mary Robinson and Niall Quinn. These well-known names are part of a bigger story – the story of hundreds of ordinary people who have been honoured in Ireland for the extraordinary things they have achieved.

For more information on the awards visit www.peopleoftheyear.com. Follow on Twitter @peopleawards and like us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/PeopleOfTheYearAwards

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For additional information, please contact: Lisa Milmoe / Lisa McDonald / Niamh Hopkins notorious PSG 086 784 8788 / 086 958 1554 / 086 877 6306 Lisa.Milmoe@notoriouspsg.ie / Lisa.McDonald@notoriouspsg.ie /Niamh.hopkins@notoriouspsg.ie

Roisin Fitzgerald Rehab 086 8101291 Roisin.Fitzgerald@rehab.ie

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