The Search is on to find Ireland’s People of the Year 2011

The People of the Year Awards, Ireland’s national awards ceremony organised by Rehab and sponsored by QUINN-healthcare, which celebrates the country’s most inspiring citizens, and today launched its 2011 call for nominations on Thursday April 11th. Members of the public are being asked to join in and nominate ordinary people in their communities who do extraordinary deeds.

The People of the Year Awards, Ireland’s national awards ceremony organised by Rehab and sponsored by QUINN-healthcare, which celebrates the country’s most inspiring citizens, and today launched its 2011 call for nominations on Thursday April 11th. Members of the public are being asked to join in and nominate ordinary people in their communities who do extraordinary deeds.

The 2011 People of the Year Awards take place in Dublin on Saturday 10th September, and will be broadcast before a live television audience of hundreds of thousands on RTÉ One. Now in their 37th year, the Awards become even more celebrated each year and have become a key highlight in the Irish social calendar with Ireland’s great and good sharing in celebrating the achievements of individuals and organisations to life in Ireland and abroad.

Previous winners have come from all walks of life, from all age groups and from all backgrounds – all with one thing in common – their deeds have made a difference at home, in their community and to the nation. Amongst the more high-profile winners have been golfer Graeme McDowell (2010), broadcaster Gerry Ryan (2010 – posthumous award), actor David Kelly (2009), the Irish rugby team (2009), Olympic boxer Kenny Egan (2008), singer/actor Keith Duffy (2008), golfer Padraig Harrington (2007), campaigner Sir Bob Geldof (2005), broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan (2005), and singer Ronan Keating (1999).

The winners of the People of the Year Awards are nominated by members of the public and finalised by a panel of adjudicators. Categories include Young Person of the Year, International Person of the Year, with other Awards presented for achievements in the areas of arts and culture, sport, public sector achievement, among others. Each year, new and exciting Special Award categories are introduced and 2011 promises to be no different – further details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Nomination forms are available from Rehab, Roslyn Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4 or by telephoning (01) 205 7200, by clicking on www.peopleoftheyear.com or by emailing poy@quinn-healthcare.com. The closing date for entries is Monday, 20th June, 2011.