Kildare Mayor launches 2016 People of the Year awards

Volunteers to be honoured

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Kildare Mayor launches 2016 People of the Year awards

Edel Browne Curran (left) and Rose B O'Donoghue (right) with Matt Browne, awards coordinator and Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Ivan Keatley launching this year's REHAB Kildare People of the Year Awards

The new mayor of Kildare, Cllr Ivan Keatley, launched the 2016 County Kildare People of the Year Awards recently at Aras Chill Dara, Naas.

Joining Mayor Keatley was Matt Browne, awards coordinator and the first recipient of the county awards title.

“I am delighted to perform this function as Mayor” said Cllr Keatley. “Recognising the many sterling volunteers within communities across the county is vitally important. There are so many individuals and voluntary groups who provide essential support services, from a social perspective; also sporting, community, special needs and particularly during recessionary times, fundraising to maintain these services”.

Joining the mayor was MC and main organiser, Matt Browne; Community Liaison Officer, Edel Browne Curran and PRO, Rose B O’Donoghue.

The Awards Committee are asking Leinster Leader readers to submit nominations for their community heroes on or before August 20 next.

“The criteria is simple” said awards coodinator Matt Browne “If a person contributes to your community via voluntary work with a sporting club, community project, ongoing fundraising, or any group that benefits youth, special needs, the elderly, etc — and you feel they should be thus recognised, then contact us please.

Email mattbrowne1@hotmail.com or phone 087 265 4582, or see the address on nomination form in this week's Leinster Leader.

The committee is seeking nominations for a youth award to honour a young person or club who has shown exceptional dedication in supporting or managing worthwhile community projects.

The awards are sponsored by Kildare County Council and organised by REHAB, with long-term sponsors such as Joe Mallon Motors, Naas Printing, Business Excellence.

The Awards Committee acknowledges the support of local media and photographers Dessie Boland and Pat Tinsley.

Previous winners included Dave Maher of Monasterevin, Maureen Abbott, Naas Care of the Aged, Geraldine O’Hanlon of Kildare Animal Foundation, Sister Consilio of Cuan Mhuire, James Nolan for his work with the Irish Kidney Association, Orla Tinsley (Cystic Fibrosis); Marc de Salvo (autism awareness) and Hope (D) for their work in providing services in the area of mental health and supporting families affected by suicide.

The overall winner will be announced at a gala banquet in Hotel Keadeen on Friday, November 4 next.