Saturday 22 October 2016

Leo Varadkar named 'Man of the Year' by Irish Tatler

Published 09/10/2015 | 18:56

Norah Casey presents Health Minister Leo Varadkar with his award after he was named 'Man of the Year' by Irish Tatler Man
Pic: Richie Stokes
Norah Casey presents Health Minister Leo Varadkar with his award after he was named 'Man of the Year' by Irish Tatler Man Pic: Richie Stokes

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has been named as 'Man of the Year' by publication Irish Tatler.

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Kilkenny manager Brian Cody, Voice of Ireland star Bressie and former RTE GAA commentator Micheal O'Muircheartaigh were also honoured today for their various achievements in the past year.

Some 200 guests from the world of sports, media, business, music and arts gathered at the awards ceremony today at the Intercontinental Hotel where a total of 11 awards were handed out.

Mr Varadkar was presented the overall title of Irish Tatler Man of the Year by chairwoman of Harmonia Norah Casey who praised him for his honesty, bravery and integrity this year.

Earlier this year, Mr Varadkar announced he was gay in an interview with RTE Radio One's Miriam O'Callaghan.

The politician - who is tipped by many as a future Taoiseach - received widespread praise following the interview and went on to become a leading campaigner for the Yes Vote in the Marriage Referendum.

Musician Bressie received the Irish Tatler Man of the Year award for Media.

Despite being a well-known face in the music scene, he has more recently become better known for his campaigning on mental health, particularly targeting young people. 

A number of other men were also recognised including Michael O’Muircheartaigh who was entered into the Hall of Fame for his career as a sports commentator spanning six decades, Cavan Band The Strypes for their worldwide success in Music as well as a Special Recognition award to 18-year old Adam Harris for his successful campaigning website for autism.

Members of the public submitted their nominations for the awards through the publication Irish Tatler Man.

A panel of judges - consisting of Harmonia CEO Ciaran Casey, Sunday Business Post Editor Ian Kehoe, and broadcasters Brent Pope and Sean Rocks - decided on the winners.

"After many years of celebrating the amazing achievements of women in Ireland, today we celebrated achievements and contributions of outstanding men in our country through our inaugural Irish Tatler Man Men of the Year Awards," Ciaran Casey said.

"We believe these awards mark an important addition to the landscape of public acclimation and awards that take place each year in Ireland. This is where we can applaud and thank male role models but most importantly showcase them to younger generations."

A key initiative of Irish Tatler Man and the awards was to also promote male issues and get men talking.

The awards ceremony supported the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, a community project that allows men of all ages to come together and discuss their lives, issues, and health in an open and safe environment with their peers.

Barry Sheridan, CEO of Irish Men’s Sheds Association said; “We are delighted to work with Irish Tatler Man on this event. Events like this are important, showcasing what our peers and heroes are achieving, giving hope and inspiring other men around Ireland.

"Men’s Sheds is all about bringing men together to talk about things that matter, like health, family, life, all the issues that men don’t talk about very openly but need a platform to discuss, and to also work on shared activities."

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