By Neil Fetherstonhaugh, Southside People editor
AS A local newspaper serving the Southside of Dublin for the past three decades, we never cease to be impressed by the strong community spirit and sporting excellence that define this unique part of our capital city.
The Southside has produced many famous names from the worlds of television and radio, not to mention its fair share of film and music stars.
Since 1994, Southside 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 are delighted to launch the Southside People Community and Sports Awards 2019.
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.
Our shortlisted nominees will be invited to a gala awards ceremony in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, on Friday, April 26th.
We are delighted to announce that popular ‘Liveline’ host, Joe Duffy, will be our MC on the night.