Maria Kidney (FOL Ireland) receives the TOYP Humanitarian Award from Yiannis Lagos (2006 JCI Vice President)

The recipients of this year’s Rehab Galway People of the Year awards have been announced.

The winners received their awards at a glittering Gala Banquet and Presentation in the Clayton Hotel on Saturday 26 January 2008.

The winners were nominated by members of the public for their work and contribution in a variety of fields, which contributed to the betterment of the lives of people in their communities. An independent panel of adjudicators then selected the nominees, including former Galway Person of the Year Dr Jack McCann and Mary Bennett. The Rehab Galway People of the Year awards ceremony is now recognised as one of the highlights of the Galway social calendar with proceeds from the event helping benefit services to people with disabilities. Commenting on this year’s award winners Rehab Area Organiser Ollie Robinson said: “The awards have once again captured the imagination of the Galway public with a massive response to the request for nominations. Over the years the contribution, social, economic, educational, sporting, or cultural, of the people who drive Galway’s communities has been recognised by these awards.” Helen Concannon, Vice Chairperson of FOL received one of these awards in Galway on 26th January 2008.

Martin Ballantyne, Helen Concannon and Maria Kidney at the Award Ball
Helen receives her award