Plenty of good cheer as People of the Year awards is launched

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

The launch of the Rehab Kilkenny People of the Year awards took place last night (Thursday) in the cellar bar of the St Francis Abbey Brewery.

The launch of the Rehab Kilkenny People of the Year awards took place last night (Thursday) in the cellar bar of the St Francis Abbey Brewery.

Nominations are now being sought for the awards, which recognise and honour the hard work done by people in the local community, whose efforts often go unacknowledged. Committee members, sponsors and local dignitaries gathered in the cellar bar to toast last year’s winners – the Kilkenny No Name Club – and to formally open the event for 2013.

Speaking at last night’s launch party, Mayor of Kilkenny Martin Brett paid tribute to the work of Rehab Kilkenny and those at Regent House

“What you have done for people with disabilities has awakened all of us to the people who are part of our lives, and make a wonderful contribution to our lives. We are all better for it,” he said.

“What the People of the Year awards does is recognise people who have achieved something in their lives, who have given something back to their community.”

The mayor also wished Kilkenny’s camogie ladies the best of luck in the weekend’s All-Ireland clash.

The Kilkenny People of the Year gala awards night will take place this year on November 1. For more, see next week’s Kilkenny People.