As a local newspaper serving the Northside of Dublin for the past 30 years, we never cease to be impressed by the strong community spirit and sporting excellence that define this unique part of our capital city.
It may sound like a well-worn cliché but it’s true: there is something about the Northside that sets it apart from any other part of the country.
The Northside has produced many famous names from the worlds of television and radio, not to mention its fair share of Hollywood stars and even an Oscar winner!
Northsiders have also featured strongly in literary works: for instance, would Roddy Doyle have been able to write about any other part of the city with the same degree of warmth, humanity and humour? It’s doubtful.
Since 1987, Northside People has been happy to give a voice to the unsung heroes of our local communities – our business people, our entrepreneurs, our activists, our volunteers; many of them just ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
It’s the same with sport. Some of today’s successful sports stars, national and international, all started out in local clubs, each spurned on and encouraged by volunteer mentors who believed in them.
That’s why we believe it is fitting, in our 30th anniversary year, to announce the inaugural Northside People Community and Sports Awards 2017. There will be 10 categories across sport and community in total, with an award for the winner of each one – as nominated by our readers and voted on by our panel of judges. In addition, there will be an overall Sports Award and Community Award selected from the category winners.