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The People of the Year Awards

Now in its 41st 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 will honour the truly inspirational, courageous and talented people within our society and will be broadcast live on RTÉ One on Saturday, 5th December 2015.

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. Nominations can be made on or by emailing Winners are finalised by a panel of adjudicators. The Awards were established in 1975 and have been televised live on RTÉ since 1983.

The Awards

People of the Year Awards to a number of individuals for extraordinary achievement in areas that include arts and culture, sport, community and older persons.

International Person of the Year Award to an Irish person who has made an outstanding contribution on an international level, or to a person from outside Ireland who has made a positive impact to life on the island of Ireland.

Young Person of the Year Award for extraordinary achievements made by a young person (aged 25 years or under).

Sportsperson of the Year Award for someone who has excelled in their chosen sport to create records and make living history.

Community Group of the Year - for a community or group of people who have done something extraordinary.
The Awards presentation ceremony will be broadcast live on RTÉ One on Saturday, 5th December 2014.

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The People of the Year Awards