Nominations are in – it’s time for judging to begin

Nominations are in – it’s time for judging to begin

THE judging for this year’s Tallaght Person of the Year will commence next week, after the remaining nominees have been informed and received their certificates.

This year saw an increase in nominations, with 120 people, clubs, organisations and businesses deservedly nominated by the community – which will come out in force on November 17 to recognise and applaud their unsung heroes at an awards ceremony in the Red Cow Moran Hotel.

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The diversity in this year’s nominees is a true testament to the range of volunteering that happens right across Tallaght on a daily basis, and the difference that these individuals, groups and businesses make in the lives of those who call Dublin 24 home.

Nominees come from a broad selection of Tallaght communities.

They represent a diverse section of areas including sport, education, mental health, cancer support, homeless services, youth support, community development, arts, environment and senior citizen support.

Gerry Stockil, Chair of the Tallaght Community Council [TCC], which organises the awards, said: “We are delighted nominations are as high as they are and good luck to everyone.

“I think what’s important about Tallaght Person of the Year is that everyone nominated is a winner.”

He added: “There is also a fantastic spread of nominees, with new names coming up from all corners of Tallaght and hopefully this spread will continue – it bodes really well for the future.”

The awards, which are apolitical, contain eight categories – Arts and Culture, Business, Garda Callanan Community award, the Michael Dooley Environment award, Special Needs and Carers, Heart of Gold, Youth and the Philip Preston Sports Awards.

Tallaght and its army of unsung heroes will be recognised at a special awards ceremony in the ballroom of the Red Cow Moran’s Hotel on Friday, November 17 – when GAA sportstar and Dublin player, Denis Bastick, will be the guest of honour.

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