Gala banquet to honour our heroes

CELEBRATING our local heroes will be the order of the evening at the Newpark Hotel this Friday as people gather for the 16th annual Kilkenny People of the Year awards.

CELEBRATING our local heroes will be the order of the evening at the Newpark Hotel this Friday as people gather for the 16th annual Kilkenny People of the Year awards.

The ceremony, which also raises funds for Rehab recognises people who go the extra mile for their community and inspire others through their actions.

Friends and family of some of Kilkenny’s most inspirational people will gather in the Newpark Hotel this Friday in what promises to be one off the highlights social calender. After the gala banquet Anne Doyle of RTE Fame will interview each of the category winners before the overall Kilkenny Person of the Year is announced. The music and revelry will continue late into the night with music by Route 66.

“These awards give recognition to people who make a huge contribution to their local community and to society. They are very special people who deserve to be honoured and respected and looked up to. It is important that the people who put in the work are honoured and this inspires and encourages other people to do the same,” said chairperson, Declan McCann.

Hugh Maddock of Rehab remarked that the awards ceremony is an important fundraiser for the organisation. “We are affected by cuts so the monies raised by an event like this are hugely important to us. It is a night of celebration and of great fun. It is all about the winners and each and everyone of you is a winner,” he added.

Tickets for the event are priced at €50 and include a gala banquet and are available from Rehab on William Street or on (087) 8261925.

This year’s awards winners are Louis Feely - Hall of Fame Award, Teresa Bourke - Courage Award, Charlie Gaule - Community Development Award, John Kirwan - Local History, Paulstown Boxing Club - Sport, Nora Webster - Community Service, Kilkenny Greyhound Track Supporters Club Phoneix Award, Freshford Conker Festival - Local Volunteerism Award and No Name Club Youth Award. The category sponsors are: Glanbia Plc, Boland & Company Solicitors, Ulster Bank, State Street International Irl. Ltd, Highway Safety Developments Ltd, O’Neill Foley and Kilkenny Leader Partnership.