One for the record books
Historian Catherine Corless, the Irish Coast Guard, crew of Rescue 116, rugby referee Joy Neville and campaigner Vera Twomey were among those honoured at the 43rd Rehab People of the Year Awards.
The ceremony was presented by Gráinne Seoige and Aidan Power, and broadcast live on RTÉ One. The Galway Senior Hurlers, human rights campaigner Ifrah Ahmed, homeless advocate Fr Peter McVerry, and the community of Ballaghaderreen were also honoured.
Colette Byrne, from Laois, was recognised for establishing an online support community for widows following the tragic death of her husband in a road traffic accident, while the community of Erris in Mayo was honoured for its help and support in the search for Rescue 116 crew members.
The deserving winners were celebrated at a black-tie event in the Mansion House, Dublin. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, jockey AP McCoy, activist Sabina Higgins, and rock band Aslan also walked the red carpet to honour Ireland’s heroes.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, jockey AP McCoy, activist Sabina Higgins, and rock band Aslan also walked the red carpet to honour Ireland’s heroes. The country’s favourite architect Dermot Bannon, news anchors Caitriona Perry and Keelin Shanley, publisher Norah Casey, best-selling author Cathy Kelly, rugby pundit Brent Pope, and Mrs Brown Boys’ star Eilish O’Carroll also joined the winners.
The prestigious ceremony is a special opportunity for the Irish public to honour and celebrate those extraordinary people who have shown courage, bravery, commitment and determination.