People of the Year Awards
The People Of The Year Awards is an annual show in Ireland organised by the Rehab Group, televised by RTÉ
RTÉ is the abbreviation for Raidió Teilifís Éireann, the public broadcasting service of the Republic of Ireland.RTE may also refer to:* Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, 25th Prime Minister of Turkey...

 television and hosted by Gráinne Seoige
Gráinne Seoige
Gráinne Seoige is an Irish television presenter, Gaeilgeoir, and "fashion icon",Gráinne Seoige is one of the few television presenters who has worked for all terrestrial channels in the Republic of Ireland at some point. She has worked as a news anchor on TG4, TV3 and Sky News Ireland...

The Awards provide a unique opportunity for the Irish public to honour outstanding contributions made by individuals and organisations to life in

The 2011 edition took place on Saturday 11th September.

Notable Winners

  • Willie Bermingham
    Willie Bermingham
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  • Maeve Binchy
    Maeve Binchy
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  • Bob Geldof
  • Veronica Guerin
    Veronica Guerin
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  • Pádraig Harrington
    Padraig Harrington
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  • Seamus Heaney
    Seamus Heaney
    Seamus Heaney is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer. He lives in Dublin. Heaney has received the Nobel Prize in Literature , the Golden Wreath of Poetry , T. S. Eliot Prize and two Whitbread prizes...

  • John Hume
    John Hume
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  • Brian Keenan
    Brian Keenan
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  • Ronan Kerr
    Murder of Ronan Kerr
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  • Rory McIlroy
    Rory McIlroy
    Rory McIlroy is a Northern Irish professional golfer from Holywood in County Down. He has represented Europe, Great Britain & Ireland, and Ireland as both an amateur and a professional. He had a successful amateur career, topping the World Amateur Golf Ranking for one week as a 17-year-old in 2007...

  • George J. Mitchell
    George J. Mitchell
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  • Mo Mowlam
    Mo Mowlam
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  • Daráine Mulvihill
    Daráine Mulvihill
    Daráine Mulvihill was voted Irish Person of the Year in 2001. A survivor of Meningitis, she lost both her legs due to the illness and has been an advocate for immunization. Daráine was appointed to the Irish Council of State by Mary McAleese for her second term as President of Ireland, starting in...

  • Niall Quinn
    Niall Quinn
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  • Keith Duffy
    Keith Duffy
    Keith Peter Thomas Francis John Duffy is an Irish singer-songwriter, actor, drummer, dancer and television presenter. He began his career as part of Boyzone in the 1990s. In the 2000s, he achieved critical acclaim for his acting roles, particularly in soap operas such as Coronation Street and Fair...

  • Nuala O'Loan
    Nuala O'Loan
    Nuala Patricia O'Loan, Baroness O'Loan, DBE is a noted public figure in Northern Ireland. She was the first Police Ombudsman in between 1999 and 2007. In July 2009, it was announced that she was to be appointed to the House of Lords. Consequently, she was raised to the peerage as Baroness O'Loan,...

  • John O'Shea (humanitarian)
    John O'Shea (humanitarian)
    John O'Shea is founder and CEO of GOAL, an Irish non-governmental organization devoted to assisting the poorest of the poor. His first career was as a sports journalist and GOAL retains significant links to the sporting community, especially in Ireland.O'Shea was shortlisted in the top 40 of 2010...

  • Joe Dolan
    Joe Dolan
    Joseph "Joe" Francis Robert Dolan was an Irish entertainer, recorder and singer of easy listening songs...

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