Recognising our unsung heroes at Kilkenny Person of the Year Awards 2016

Gala function next Friday to honour local heroes

Mary Cody

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Recognising our unsung heroes at Kilkenny Person of the Year Awards 2016

Kilkenny camogie players Denise Gaule, Davina Tobin, Jacqui Frisby and Aine Fahy at the launch of the People of the Year Awards. Photo: Pat Moore.

Members of our communities who inspire us with their trojan efforts and tireless work on behalf of others will be recognised at a lavish awards ceremony at the Newpark Hotel on November 4.

The Kilkenny Person of the Year Awards recognised winners across eight different categories. An overall winner will also be announced on the night.

Chairperson, Billy Gardiner said that the purpose of the night is two-fold. Primarily it is 'is to recognise people who go over and beyond the call of duty and people who are involved in our local community and who go the extra mile' and it also raises much-needed funds for a very worthy local charity, The Good Shepherd Centre.

Board member at The Good Shepherd Centre, Dr Bill Cuddihy also addressed the award winners at the launch night which was held recently at the Newpark Hotel.

He explained that the centre now also accommodates families and added that there are plans to develop self-contained apartments in the old Loreto Convent which will also be used for women. He also explained that many of the reasons that were traditionally associated with homelessness such as addiction were changing and now many people were becoming homeless purely because of financial reasons.

Dr Cuddihy also said that the money raised from the awards ceremony was used to help purchase a house which is used to accomodate service users. He also thanked the committee for choosing the Good Shepherd Centre as the designated beneficiary and said that the charity 'relies largely on the money raised in the community'.

Hall of Fame - Geoff Maher

Sports - Kilkenny Camogie

Arts - Presentation Choir

Courage - Kilkenny Civil Defence

Youth - Pat Daly

Rural Innovation - Piltown Community Enterprise

Community Support - Sr Margaret Mary & Fr Pat Cleary

Social Inclusion - Theresa Delahunty

Community - Frances Bradley