Wednesday 26 October 2016

Irish Tatler Man 'Men of the Year' awards - Kennedy, Kenny and McMahon among winners

Published 14/10/2016 | 21:21

Philly McMahon at a press conference before Sunday's final Photo: Sportsfile
Philly McMahon at a press conference before Sunday's final Photo: Sportsfile

Competitive men, at the top of their game, love the sweet taste of success. And when it comes to saluting other men's victories, they cheer like a girl gang, full of whoops as well as hearty back slapping and enthusiastic fist punches.

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Such was the case at the The Irish Tatler Man Men of the Year Awards yesterday as the 13 winners were announced  at a lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel Dublin.

Biggest cheer of the day went to Stephen Kenny, manager of Dundalk FC who was awarded overall Man of the Year by CEO of Harmonia, Ciaran Casey.

The celebratory event was packed with over 200 guests drawn from the worlds of sport, art, literature, music, public life and business and the sense of luck, and celebration,was palpable.

Singer Brian Kennedy who has been battling cancer and just completed a course of chemotherapy collected the Special Merit award on the the day he celebrated his 50th birthday.

Dubliner footballer, Philly McMahon collected the sports category award on the day he launched the Bluetens medical electrostimulation technology  device at Arnotts.

2FM presenter,  Eoghan McDermott collected the Most Stylish Award sponsored by Arnotts just as he marks buying his first house after getting gazumped and house sales falling through no fewer than three  times.

Valerie O’Neill, Arnotts Menswear Director said:"a stylish man can carry off occasion appropriate looks and knows exactly what works for him and owns a signature look that is no way contrived. We feel that Eoghan McDermott is a very deserving winner that year as he is a natural style role model.”

He certainly looked the part in his dapper blue separates and suede and leather brogue ankle boots but kept a glad eye on the clock as he was on air at 4pm.

Brother Kevin Crowley who feeds so many of Dublin's homeless sat down with fellow winners to be served lunch on the day he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was applauded for his overwhelming charitable works since opening a shelter in Dublin for people in need since 1974.

The judging panel included presenter of RTE Radio 1 show ARENA, Sean Rocks, author Paul Howard, Sunday Business Post editor, Ian Kehoe and CEO of Harmonia, Ciaran Casey, who deliberated over the nominations, which were submitted by the public.

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

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