The Kildare People of the Year Awards were officially launched last week by the Mayor of Kildare, Fiona O’Loughlin.
Mayor O’Loughlin said she was always delighted to support the county awards which “recognise so many voluntary heroes providing social, recreational and educational support services within our communities”.
The Mayor was joined by Kildare Awards founding members, Seamus Morahan and Vincent Kelly; MC and main organiser, Matt Browne; Community Liaison Officer, Edel Browne Curran and PRO, Rose B O’Donoghue.
This is the 25th year of the awards in Kildare, with 10 local award winners recognised at a Gala banquet on Saturday, November 1 at the Keadeen Hotel.
One of those, (individual or group) will be announced the overall winner.
Maureen Abbott of Celbridge was Kildare’s Person of the Year 2013.
Shw was awarded for her voluntary work in Celbridge, particularly with the elderly and TASK, along with The Mill Project.
She is also well known for fundraising for virtually every main community initiative in the area.
The Awards Committee is asking Leinster Leader readers to submit nominations before August 22nd.
“The criteria is simple,” said Awards Co-ordinator Matt Browne.
“If a person contributes to your community via voluntary work with any association or group that benefits youth, special needs, the elderly, etc – and you feel they should be thus recognised, then contact us please.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087 265 4582. Deadline closes Friday, August 22.