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The People of the Year Awards

Now in its 39th year, the People of the Year Awards provide a unique opportunity for the Irish public to honour those who have made a real difference to people's lives, whether as unsung heroes or as household names.

This year's Awards honoured the truly inspirational, courageous and talented people within our society at a glittering Awards presentation ceremony in the Citywest Hotel on Saturday, 14th September 2013. The ceremony was broadcast live on RT One.

The People of the Year Awards are organised by Rehab.

The Awards

The People of the Year Awards truly are Ireland's answer to a national honours system. Each year, members of the public are called upon to nominate people who have enhanced the quality of life in Ireland or internationally, increased civic pride or, through acts of bravery, have touched the lives of the community. Winners are finalised by a panel of adjudicators. The Awards were established in 1975 and have been televised live on RT since 1983.

The 2013 People of the Year:

Young Person of the Year Joe Prendergast
Young Person of the Year Donal Walsh (awarded posthumously)

Sports Person of the Year Irish Womens Rugby Team

Dad of the Year (Special Category for 2013) Ciarn Finn

General People of the Year Award Winners

Fiona Doyle

Loretta Brennan Glucksman

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe (awarded posthumously)

Orla OSullivan

Fabian Lugandu

Tom Arnold

Brendan OCarroll

The Awards presentation ceremony was broadcast live on RT One on Saturday, 14th September 2013.

For more information on the People of the Year Awards, including previous winners, visit www.peopleoftheyear.com


Rehab is an independent international group of charities and commercial companies which work towards a world where every person has the opportunity to achieve their potential. Over 3,800 staff members provide high-quality health and social care, training and education, and rehabilitation, employment and commercial services in Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, the Netherlands, Poland and the Middle East. The people who currently use Rehabs services include young people and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities, people with mental health difficulties, people with autism and people with an acquired brain injury. A range of essential services is also provided to older people, carers and others who are marginalised. Every year, more than 80,000 people and their families benefit from the supports provided by Rehab in more than 260 locations. For more information see www.rehab.ie

The People of the Year Awards
  • RTÉ One, Saturday 14 September 2013