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Calling Ireland’s Heroes - Hidden Heroes 2015 Opens for Nominations

The Hidden Heroes Awards has been recognising the achievements of people, young and old, who have made a significant contribution to Irish society, in their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence, since 2011. Nominations are now open and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 19 October 2015. 

The Hidden Heroes Awards is proudly sponsored by the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent and was launched in Dublin by television presenter, Mary Kennedy and Hidden Hearing.  Speaking at the launch, Mary Kennedy said, “It is a privilege to be involved in the Hidden Heroes Awards 2015. So many people spend their days caring for others or working hard to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals.  It is so important that we as a society recognise them and I look forward to unveiling our Heroes in October.

Head of Marketing, Dolores Madden at Hidden Hearing said, “We have been in the business of helping people overcome their hearing difficulties for nearly 30 years and in that time we are constantly in awe at how people overcome the difficulties they face not only when it comes to their hearing but right across the board. It was this that inspired us to set up the Hidden Heroes Awards.  Every year, we receive nominations from friends, family members, patients and co-workers throughout the country who want to recognise others who are overcoming serious challenges to make an impact on their community, in sport or in the workplace. These exceptional people are the real heroes of our society and we are delighted to be in a position to give them the recognition that they so richly deserve.”

Established in 2011 the nominations for Hidden Heroes 2015 are expected to surpass all other years.  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 in Crumlin Hospital and 97-year-old Maureen Cronin who played a key role in getting the marriage ban lifted for school teachers in 1950s Ireland.

This year’s Hidden Heroes will be recognised across 11 categories as follows:

Age Is No Barrier Hero - Celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of someone over 65.

Young Hero – Recognising the achievements of a young person under the age of 16 who has accomplished a lot in their young life.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hero – Recognising the achievemendversity to excel in sport.

Company Hero – Recognising a company or brand that has achieved significant accomplishments within the community or workplace.

Social Inclusion Hero – In recognition of someone who has worked hard for the inclusion of minority groups in society.

Unsung Hero – Recognising a male hero who has overcome adversity in his life to excel.

Unsung Heroine – Recognising a female hero who has overcome adversity in her life to excel.

Triumph Over Adversity - An overall hero who has overcome significant adversity in his/her life.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Hidden Heroes Awards ceremony in the Burlington Hotel on Monday 19 October 2015.  The nominations are now open and will remain open until 25 September.

Frients of someone who has overcome the challenge of being deaf or hard of hearing.


Family Hero – In recognition of the hundreds of people in Ireland who care for members in need.


Healthcare Hero – Recognising the achievements of a healthcare professional who has gone beyond the call of duty for his/her patients.


Sporting Hero – Recognising the achievements of a person who has overcome ads, family members, patients, workers throughout the country can nominate a Hero online now at www.hiddenhearing.ie/heroes, in Hidden Hearing branches nationwide or by sending the details of the nominee to Hidden Hearing Ltd., Hidden Heroes Awards, 3030 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Freepost F1570, Dublin 24.

All entries must include the name and contact details of the nominee as well as the nominator and outline in no more than 500 words why the nominee is deserving of becoming one of Ireland’s Hidden Heroes.

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