Scouting and sporting heroes, volunteers and
community activists were rewarded for their efforts at the Kildare town people of the year awards.
The Kildare Derby Festival, now in its 38th year, annually acknowledges people from the locality who have done their community proud and a number of familiar faces were celebrated this year in the Kildare House Hotel last Thursday evening.
Those acknowledged included Kildare Tidy Towns for all their efforts during the year, Geraldine Boland for her walking club, Kildare Town Medieval committee for their annual festival, Breda Thackaberry for giving her time to teach, coach and support the children with dance, Paul Anderson, Kevin White and Alan Phillips for training children in Martial Arts and Defence, Carmel Terry for her volunteer work locally, The Silken Thomas Players for putting Kildare on the map in the drama circles of Ireland, and Ann Hill for her fund raising events and help with the elderly.
The Person of the Year award this year went to a group rather than one particular person. It was awarded to the 4th Kildare town Scouts Group under the chairmanship of Brendan Lynch.
Organiser Ollie Kearns said the Scouts are the first club to pick up the award.
“There were ten nominees in all categories this year but the 4th Kildare Town Scouts are the winners for the first time in the Person of the Year category,” said Ollie.
“The awards are given to our unsung heroes. Outgoing person of the year is Pat Sweeney.”