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Sunday 17 December 2017

Daniel backs search for Ireland's hidden heroes

Kate (6) and Cian McNamara (2) help broadcaster Mary Kennedy launch this year’s Hidden Heroes Awards. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Kate (6) and Cian McNamara (2) help broadcaster Mary Kennedy launch this year’s Hidden Heroes Awards. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

The hunt is on for Ireland's hidden heroes.

Singer Daniel O'Donnell, a long-time supporter of the Hidden Heroes Awards, said the nominees of all 11 categories would inspire him as he takes to the dance floor on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

"The Hidden Heroes Awards are hugely important to me as they honour people who have overcome hardship in their lives to succeed," he said. "Whether it's through caring for a sick family member, getting through your Leaving Cert while battling illness or overcoming a disadvantage to compete in a sport, these people both young and old are truly amazing heroes."

The awards - launched by TV presenter Mary Kennedy - recognise the achievements of people, young and old, who have made a significant contribution to society, their community, workplace, family or through sports.

Previous winners have included Quaid McClelland, a young boy who worked hard to get sign language widely used in Ireland; Ben Wallace, who completed his Junior Cert while undergoing chemotherapy; and Maureen Cronin, who played a key role in getting the marriage ban lifted for school teachers in 1950s.

Nominations can be made through www.hiddenhearing.ie/heroes, in Hidden Hearing branches nationwide and through Hidden Heroes Awards, 3030 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Freepost F1570, Dublin 24.

Irish Independent

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