Final Chance To Nominate Tipperary Heroes For People Of The Year Award

Actor Aoibhín Garrihy and former winner Milo McCarthy (14) have joined forces urging the public to nominate their Tipperary heroes for a People of the Year Award before nominations close.

The final date for submitting nominations is Friday, December 1st – the last chance for the public to nominate Ireland’s heroes for this year’s Awards.

Final Chance To Nominate Tipperary Heroes For People Of The Year Award

Rehab POTY Final Call

Now in its 43rd year, the awards, which are organised by Rehab Group, will be broadcasted on RTÉ One on Saturday, March 3rd from The Mansion House.

At today’s final call in Dublin’s Herbert Park Hotel, Aoibhín and Milo urged the public to nominate their Tipperary heroes – family, friends and colleagues – and those ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.

Aoibhín described the awards as one of the highlights of her social calendar and urged the public to nominate somebody who deserves recognition.

Aoibhín added: “I’ve been a huge fan of the show for many years. It’s a great night out, myself and John (husband) always attend the awards and look forward to it every year. We wouldn’t miss it, you meet such incredibly brave people who have done amazing things. It’s such a fantastic national celebration which recognises some truly amazing people across Ireland, from all communities and backgrounds. We all know people who deserve recognition, so I hope people get nominating their heroes.”

Milo McCarthy (14) revealed he was stunned when Games of Thrones star Liam Cunningham presented him with the Young Person of the Year Award in 2016. The little hero received the award after he raised nearly €18,000 for Syrian refugees by busking on the streets of Cork City and his hometown of Midleton

He added: “It was a total surprise, I had no idea Liam was presenting the award to me. He was very nice and congratulated me when we spoke after the show. I still get spotted in Cork as the guy who busked to raise money for refugees. It’s such a great experience, so I’d urge everybody to nominate their heroes. There is so much negativity in the world, so it’s good to shine a light on all that is good.”

It is quick and easy to nominate someone for a People of the Year Award. You can nominate online at or by emailing

The closing date for entries is midnight Friday, December 1st. All the winners are nominated by the Irish public and finalised by a panel of adjudicators. As well as a number of general awards, people can nominate their Young Person of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, International Person of the Year and the Community Group of the Year.

The People of the Year Awards have been organised by Rehab since they began in 1974.

Previous high-profile award winners include: Paul O’Connell, Brendan O’Carroll, Katie Taylor, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Brian O’Driscoll, Keith Duffy, Padraig Harrington, Christy Moore, Sir Terry Wogan, Sir Bob Geldof, Tommy Tiernan, Maeve Binchy, Mary Robinson and Niall Quinn. These well-known names are part of a bigger story – the story of hundreds of ordinary people who have been honoured in Ireland for the extraordinary things they have achieved.

Bios of former winner attending:

Milo McCarthy (14) received a Young Person of the Year Award after he raised nearly €18,000 for Syrian refugees by busking on the streets of Cork City and his hometown of Midleton. He began playing music and singing with his guitar every Wednesday or Saturday and was encouraged by the generosity of the local people. As news spread of Milo’s heartfelt efforts, the 11-year-old captured the hearts of the nation after appearing on The Late Late Show singing Ireland’s Call. Milo’s original target was €10,000, but earlier this year he presented the Irish Red Cross with a cheque for €17,742. Since the busking campaign ended, Milo has also busked to raise funds for an operation to help a young boy from Cork, who has cerebral palsy, to walk.

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