Invites you to join us and vote for your sport and community person or business of the year
OUR SPORTS CATEGORIES
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Is your local team a source of tremendous pride in your community? It may have achieved sporting greatness or perhaps the team is deserving of a nomination because it has been successful against all odds. We all love an underdog story with a happy ending, don’t we?
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Is there an individual who stands out when you think of sporting achievement? Young or old, why does this individual deserve your nomination? You will be spoiled for choice in this category.
CLUB OF THE YEAR
Is there a particular club that is part of the very fabric of your local community? What has it brought to your area? Does it play a valuable role over and above sporting achievement? We are certain there are endless contenders for this award.
YOUNG SPORT PERSON AWARD
We have filled thousands of column inches over the years with young sports stars who all went on to achieve great things in their chosen field? Who are the outstanding youngsters to look out for in the future?
COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
The backbone of any sporting club or organisation, it’s safe to say that the coach is an essential part of sporting success. From nurturing future talent to encouraging those with less confidence, most coaches are volunteers who often do a difficult, thankless job. This is your chance to thank them.
OUR COMMUNITY CATEGORIES
Volunteer of the Year
Without the work of volunteers, our communities would be a poorer place. From scouting to sport to youth, disability and senior citizens’ groups, it would be impossible for them to function without the selfless role of individuals who give so generously of their time for the benefit of others. Who is the first person who comes to mind – and why – when you hear the word volunteer?
Young Community Person of the Year Award
There are plenty of young Northsiders out there who are making a difference in their communities, marking themselves out as role models among their peers and as future contributors to society. Is there a young person who helps out in your community who is worthy of a nomination?
Business in the Community Award
We all know of local businesses that not only provide a valuable service within the community, but also go that extra mile to support their local customers. Be it through generous sponsorship or a commercial premises taking pride in its appearance, businesses serve as the commercial heartbeat of our towns and villages. But some really stand out. We want to know which ones.
Carer in the Community Award
Carers are the unsung heroes of our communities. There are professional carers and ordinary family members who look after elderly or ill relatives and do incredible work on a day-to-day basis. This is your opportunity to honour them.
Best school in the community
This is going to be one of the most closely contested categories as schools play such a vital role in our communities, often over and above the area of education. While academic excellence certainly merits a nomination, there are a multitude of other reasons why schools – big or small – should be entered into this category.
MEET OUR MC
Joe DuffyRadio-TV Broadcaster, Author and Columnist
Joe Duffy presents one of Ireland’s leading radio shows Liveline on RTÉ Radio One. Liveline, which has 400,000 listeners, is now firmly established as a national institution as listeners tune and call into the show to ‘Talk to Joe.’
Joe joined RTÉ Radio as a producer in 1989 and since then he has worked his way through several shows, first as a reporter on The Gay Byrne Show and then as presenter of several programmes including the media programme Soundbyte.
In 2015, Joe brought Liveline to our TV screens with Liveline:Call Back. In this show Joe looks back at some of the standout stories on the nation’s favourite radio talk show and follows up on the most memorable stories, some with heart-breaking and others with heart-warming outcomes. He also hosted a number of series of Joe Duffy’s Spirit Level on RTÉ One. The show discussed the different religions in the country and the faith of the people in Ireland. On the chat show, Joe was joined by a panel who deal with issues around death in their own personal and professional lives. He also fronted the series Local Heroes on RTÉ One which celebrated individuals across the country who have come up with new and innovative ways to stimulate job creation in their own villages, towns or cities. Previously, he appeared on the RTÉ television series Who Do You Think You Are?, where his family history in the British Army in India was revealed.