Ten-year-old author steals show at People of Year awards
Community and national heroes honoured at Gala ceremony in Dublin
Fiona Doyle received a 2013 People of the Year Award for “courage, determination and bravery” in fighting for her own rights, and the rights of survivors of abuse.
Suffering years of abuse as a child at the hands of her father, Patrick O’Brien, the audience was told Fiona set about bringing him to justice. Fiona was presented with her award by Joe Duffy.
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe who was killed in a raid at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, outside Dundalk, was posthumously awarded a People of the Year Award for his “bravery and fearlessness” as a local Detective Garda at the heart of the community in Dundalk. The award was presented to his widow Caroline Donohoe by Micheal O’Muircheartaigh.
People of the Year awards
Tom Arnold received a People of the Year Award for his “vision, drive and achievements with the charity Concern”.
In 2001, Mr Arnold became chief executive of Concern Worldwide and was “dedicated to the fight against worldwide hunger”, particularly children’s malnutrition.
Mr Arnold was also credited with helping the Irish Government to structure its policy on development aid. His award was presented to him by Rob Kearney.
Ciarán Finn, from Ashbourne, was the winner of the 2013 special award category ‘Dad of the Year’, for his dedication to going above and beyond for his children and teaching them skills in a novel and fun way.
Ciarán’s children, Onóra (12), Cianán (9), Darragh (8), and Aoife (5), are used to their dad being around a lot of the time. As a fireman in the local Ashbourne fire station, Ciarán loves to spend his spare time teaching the kids about food, how to grow their own vegetables and make their lunch boxes creative works of art. Ciarán was presented with his award by Neven Maguire.
Orla O’Sullivan was honoured with a 2013 People of the Year Award for her musical talent and inspiring others with a disability to follow their dreams. At just six weeks old, Orla became deaf-blind due to medication she was taking for an infection. Her award was presented by Rehab’s Angela Kerins.
Fabian Lugandu received a 2013 People of the Year Award for his bravery and courage in saving the lives of Liz O’Brien and her son, Derek who had fallen into a river near their home in Tralee, Co Kerry in January of this year. Fabian was presented his award by Love/Hate’s Peter Coonan and actress Aoibhin McCaul.
Angela Kerins, Rehab chief executive and chairperson of the adjudication panel, said the awards gave us the opportunity to honour unsung heroes from communities across the country whose stories and achievements inspire everyone around them.
With nominations for each winner coming from the people of Ireland, these truly are the “People’s Awards and reflect all that is good about our society,” she said.