The Irish Mirror Pride of Ireland Awards, supported by Lidl, celebrate the achievements of unsung heroes from across Ireland.

Launched in 2014, our inaugural awards ceremony was attended by celebrities from the worlds of music, sport and television, as well as An Taioseach, Enda Kenny.

Nominated by the public, our winners are from all walks of life and are of all ages, each with their own truly remarkable story to tell.

Nominations are whittled down to a shortlist from which our judging panel, made up of celebrated figures from across the country, chooses the winners who will be honoured at a glamorous awards ceremony in Dublin in May.

Sponsors

Speaking about the Pride of Ireland Awards, Brendan Proctor, Managing Director of Lidl Ireland, said:

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"We feel extremely honoured to be once again sponsoring the Pride of Ireland Awards. Last year's awards were a huge success and the awards ceremony was a truly magical evening. It was inspiring and incredibly heart-warming to hear the stories of the immense bravery and courage shown by ordinary Irish people. This year we call on the people of Ireland again, to nominate their unsung heroes, the people who are inspirational in their everyday lives. We feel tremendously proud to be involved in championing their achievements and showing our support for ordinary people who do extraordinary things."

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Awards 2015

Categories

Sporting Champion

A special award to recognise one of the hundreds of thousands of unsung volunteers who tirelessly champion sport all over Ireland. Ordinary people of all ages who give others, some of whom are disadvantaged or disabled, an opportunity to improve and enrich their lives through sport.

Outstanding Bravery

To recognise an individual who has put themselves in danger to help or save the life of another person.

Young Person of Courage

To recognise a young person (16 and under) who has survived danger to help or save the life of another, or has battled against the odds through ill health or personal trauma.

UTV Ireland Emergency Services Hero

To recognise a member or members of the gardai, fire, ambulance, coast guard, mountain, air and sea rescue services who have gone beyond the call of duty.

Fundraiser of The Year

To recognise a person who has gone beyond all expectations to raise money for a good cause, whatever the amount.

Lidl's Local Hero

To recognise an individual who has improved the lives of those around them in their community.

Social Media Campaigner

To recognise a person who has positively used social media to influence the local or wider community.

Teacher of the Year

To recognise the tireless work of a teacher who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Lifetime Achievement

To recognise an individual whose achievements have been far-reaching, possibly on a national or international level.

Special Recognition

To recognise indiviuals who the judging panel consider to be the Pride of Ireland, but whose achievements do not fit into other categories. Examples include inspiring campaigners, members of the armed forces, people who have helped others, carers and volunteers.

Celeb Endorsements

Enda-Kenny

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny

"This is Ireland in heart and spirit, in deed and fact. This is who we are and I feel humbled by the stories we have heard, to know that people are working quietly every day making a huge difference in the lives of family, friends, communities and the country as a whole."

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Jedward

"We presented the Young Person of Courage Award. There are so many kids out there that don't get noticed. The Pride of Ireland Awards are all about the winners and the nominations."

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Louis Walsh

"It's a great thing to see this happening here in Dublin. I hope this goes on to be an annual event."

Shane Filan

"It's amazing to be asked to present an award as it's the first Pride of Ireland. Being Irish it's nice to be here and to present this award. It's a big night for Ireland and hopefully it's the first of many awards."

Christine-Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

"It's a fantastic night. I've been to the Pride of Britain awards and it's just one of the most remarkable events. There's lots of ceremonies like this but for whatever reason there is real magic about this one. To be at the first one in Ireland it's a real pleasure and honour."

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Barry McGuigan

"I think it's tremendously important to recognise ordinary people and what they do and their amazing acts of courage just like Gavin Leane here tonight and so many others. It's important to remember that people do these extraordinary things every day of the week and they never think of getting praise for that, they just do it."

Imelda-May

Imelda May

"I'm delighted to be part of something like this. It blows your mind when you read about the people who have been nominated. But this is what real life is all about."

Be There

The Pride of Ireland Awards will take place in The Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. It is an outstanding event, and a fantastic opportunity to entertain clients, reward staff or enjoy with family and friends.

A limited number of corporate tables are available for purchase, priced at €3000 + VAT. Guests will enjoy a 3 course meal, 1/2 bottle of wine per person and an opportunity to attend the VIP drinks reception, all in addition to the awards ceremony itself. Tables will be sold on a first come, first-served basis. Should you wish to enquire further in regards to availability please contact the Event Manager, Aoife Bermingham on 01 868 8617 or email aoife.bermingham@irishmirror.ie

Unfortunately individual tickets are not available for purchase.

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Nominate

Nominations are now closed for this year's Awards but you can send us your nominations to be considered for next year's Awards!

Simply fill in the form below.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us with any queries or enquiriers you may have:

General Enquiries

01 868 8610
samarah.coughlan@irishmirror.ie

Our Address

Pride of Ireland Awards
Mirror Media Ireland
4th Floor
Park House
191-197 North Circular Road
Dublin 7

Sponsorship and Event Queries

Samarah Coughlan
01 868 8610
samarah.coughlan@irishmirror.ie

Media Enquiries

Clara Kavanagh
01 868 8620 clara.kavanagh@irishmirror.ie