GRAINNE Seoige expects the tears to flow when the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people are honoured at the People of the Year awards.
The TV presenter -- who will host the awards -- said that the stories of many award winners melted her heart.
"It's such an honour to be part of this important celebration which recognises truly amazing people from all walks of life in Ireland," the 38-year-old said yesterday.
"While there are definitely some tearjerker moments each year, the awards are a positive feel-good occasion."
The awards celebrate outstanding achievement and inspiring people who have made a difference to communities around Ireland.
Angela Kerins, chief executive of Rehab, said: "We are very excited and proud that this is our 38th year to organise these awards.
"We see real-life heroes -- among them, people with disabilities, people with mental health difficulties, people who are unemployed and older people -- making incredible strides to maximise their potential and their contribution to their communities."
Previous winners include golfer Rory McIlroy and broadcaster Gerry Ryan.