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People of the Year Awards

Now in its 38th 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 at a glittering Awards presentation ceremony in the Citywest Hotel on Saturday, 15th September 2012. The ceremony will be broadcast live on RT One. If you would like to attend, please contact Rehab's Fundraising Department on (01) 210 0520 or email fundraising@rehab.ie

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 Awards include:

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).

The Awards presentation ceremony will be broadcast live on RT One on Saturday, 15th September 2012.

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


Rehab is a leading non-governmental organisation which works towards a world where every person has the opportunity to achieve their potential. Over 3,300 Rehab staff members provide high-quality health and social care, training and education, and rehabilitation, employment and commercial services in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, the Netherlands and Poland.
The people who currently use Rehab Group's 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 50,000 people and their families benefit from the supports provided by Rehab Group in almost 250 locations. For more information see www.rehab.ie

People of the Year Awards
  • RT One, Saturday 15 September 2012