Miriam O’Callaghan is searching for Westmeath’s 2017 heroes

Miriam O’Callaghan and Celebrity Operation Transformation contestant James Patrice alongside former winners Aoibheann Mangan (11) from Hollymount, Mayo, and Padraic Goodwin (12) from Cloghans Hill, Tuam, Galway. Photo: Mark Stedman

Miriam O’Callaghan and Celebrity Operation Transformation contestant James Patrice alongside former winners Aoibheann Mangan (11) from Hollymount, Mayo, and Padraic Goodwin (12) from Cloghans Hill, Tuam, Galway. Photo: Mark Stedman

Celebrities and former winners have joined forces to launch the People of the Year Awards, as the search begins to find Westmeath’s 2017 heroes.

RTE broadcaster, Miriam O’Callaghan, and Celebrity Operation Transformation contestant, James Patrice, launched the awards at the Mansion House in Dublin this week alongside former winners Aoibheann Mangan (11 ) and Padraic Godwin (12 ).

Now in its 43rd year, the awards, which are organised by Rehab Group, will be broadcasted on RTÉ One on Saturday, March 3. At the launch, celebrities and former winners urged the public to nominate their heroes – family, friends and colleagues – and those ordinary people who have done extraordinary things in Westmeath .

Miriam O’Callaghan said: “If you know somebody who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, the People of the Year Awards is the ideal way to honour them,” she said. “Throughout my career, I’ve travelled all over Ireland and the globe, and have witnessed the amazing work and sacrifices that people make. The awards reveal Ireland’s courageous spirit and remarkable achievements.

“It’s such a fantastic national celebration which recognises some truly amazing people across Ireland, from all communities and backgrounds. We all known people who deserve recognition, so I hope people get nominating their hero.”

James Patrice says the awards will be a highlight of his social calendar.

“The People of the Year Awards is a ceremony where we get to honour those who would normally not be recognised,” he said. “I’m so looking forward to attending what promises to be one of the most fabulous nights of the year. I feel privileged to be part of it.”

Nominating someone is easy and the public can submit details of their chosen nominee online at www.peopleoftheyear.ie The closing date for entries is Friday, December 1. As well as a number of general awards, people can nominate their Young Person of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, International Person of the Year, and the Community Group of the Year.

For more information visit www.peopleoftheyear.ie Find more details on Facebook and Twitter.

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