THE SHOW DETAILS One for the record books

International rugby legend Paul O’Connell was among those honoured at this year’s People of the Year Awards. The annual ceremony was presented by Gráinne Seoige, along with reporter Aidan Power and broadcast live on RTÉ One television. Founders of Hugh’s House Ade Stack and Martin Curley, John Evoy of the Irish Association of Men’s Sheds, community group Yes Equality, Fadhila Hajji, , Aoibheann Mangan and Padraic Godwin (winners of the Young Person of the Year Award), Father Brendan McBride and Philip Grant (winners of the International Person of the Year Award) and Óglaigh na hÉireann for the work of the Irish Naval Service were also celebrated at the awards. Ken Maleady was announced as the winner of this year’s special category award – Ireland’s Everyday Hero – in association with The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

The deserving winners were honoured at a black-tie event in the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel followed by the show broadcast live from RTÉ studios. They were joined by family, friends and supporters along with other well-known faces including Robbie Henshaw, Daniel & Majella O’Donnell, Stephanie Roche, Míchéal O’Muircheartaigh, Anne Doyle, George Hook, Larry Gogan, Sinead Kennedy, Lorraine Keane and Eileen Dunne. The ceremony is a special opportunity for the Irish public to honour and celebrate those extraordinary people among us, who have shown courage, bravery and determination. This year’s winners have contributed to our society and to their local communities, friends and families in their own unique and individual ways.

  • Former President Mary McAleese presents the Berkeley tragedy supports with a People of the Year Award 2015

  • Fadhila Hajji

    People of the Year Award

    For her work at breaking down barriers and fighting for equality, Fadhila Hajji is awarded a People of the Year Award.

  • Yes Equality

    Community Group of the Year

    For their inspirational campaign which contributed enormously to a global advance in the recognition of the rights of gay and lesbian couples, the Yes Equality campaign is awarded this People of the Year Award.

  • Ade Stack & Marty Curley

    People of the Year Award

    For providing a safe haven in the form of Hugh’s House and Garden to parents and children who are going through some of the toughest periods of their lives, Ade and Marty have been awarded a People of the Year Award.

  • Ken Maleady

    Everyday Hero of the Year

    For his quick response and decisive actions in a time of need and his life saving heroics, Ken Maleady has been awarded the Everyday Hero Award in association with The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

  • John Evoy

    People of the Year Award

    For his insight, energy and due to the impact his vision has had in creating a network of support across Ireland of a haven of support for men in their communities, John Evoy is a People of the Year Award Winner.

  • Paul O'Connell

    For his services and commitment to, his achievements with and his leadership of, Irish rugby, we honour Paul O’Connell with the 2015 Sports Person of the Year

    For his services and commitment to, his achievements with and his leadership of, Irish rugby, we honour Paul O’Connell with the 2015 Sports Person of the Year

  • Óglaigh na hÉireann, for the work for the Irish Naval Service

    People of the Year Award

    For their immense courage and resilience in saving thousands of lives in their humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean, Óglaigh na hÉireann receive this People of the Year award, for the work of the Irish Naval Service.

  • Aoibheann Mangan & Padraic Godwin

    Young Person of the Year

    For their creativity, imagination, and dedication to the safety of their fellow farming children Padraic and Aoibheann are deserving winners of a Young People of the Year Award. The last word should go to the two young safety campaigners: “We would love everyone to visit www.farmsafety4kids.net, young or old, because there are important messages on there for everyone to learn and follow.”

  • Fr Brendan McBride & Philip Grant

    International Person of the Year (2015)

    For their work in supporting the families and the survivors of the Berkley tragedy, Fr Brendan McBride and Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland to the Western United States, jointly receive this International Person of the Year Award.

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