Hidden Hearing Heroes awarded for selfless contribution to society


THE SELFLESS contribution made to society by Ireland’s deaf and hard of hearing community was celebrated yesterday at the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards.

The awards celebrate those people who support their community, workplace, family or sport in an exceptional way.

The awards programme is run by Hidden Hearing with the support of the Irish Deaf Society.

RTÉ television personality Brenda Donohue presented the awards yesterday in Dublin.

Members of the public are invited to nominate a hero who they feel deserves recognition for their contribution.

The winners this year came from Dublin, Offaly, Cork, Wexford and Roscommon.

The 2012 award winners are:

Orla O’Sullivan (Cork), workplace award

Dominic McGreal (Dublin), social contribution award

John Cradden (Celbridge), media award

Marcus Conroy (Roscommon), youth award

Gene Barry (Birr), grandparent award

Eoin Nolan (Wexford), sportsperson award

Killian McDonnell (Dublin), student award

Irish Deaf Woman’s Group, organisation award for its 20 years in supporting deaf women

Des O’Callaghan (Dublin), lifetime achievement award