Nominate an Offaly nice neighbour

EVERYBODY needs good neighbours and broadcaster Ryan Tubridy and Eileen Colgan, who plays Esther Roche in Fair City’s Carrigstown, Ireland’s most famous fictional neighbourhood, have just launched the “Neighbour of the Year” award, as part of the 2012 People of the Year Awards, organised by Rehab.

EVERYBODY needs good neighbours and broadcaster Ryan Tubridy and Eileen Colgan, who plays Esther Roche in Fair City’s Carrigstown, Ireland’s most famous fictional neighbourhood, have just launched the “Neighbour of the Year” award, as part of the 2012 People of the Year Awards, organised by Rehab.

The award, in partnership with RTÉ 2fm’s Tubridy show, is this year’s special category and the people of Offaly are being encouraged to nominate an inspirational neighbour who has made a real difference in their community.

The awards will be presented by Gráinne Seoige and televised live on RTÉ One on Saturday, September 15. This special award acknowledges the importance of neighbours – so often the glue that keeps our communities together – and the role that they play in our lives.

Whether it’s offering a supportive, listening ear over a cup of tea, helping out an older person, or looking after the kids, Irish people have a long tradition of building real and lasting relationships with their neighbours. Having a sense of community is very important and this new award will pay homage to these relationships, reinforcing the value of neighbours in our increasingly stressful and busy lives.

RTÉ 2fm’s Tubridy is spearheading the search for the ‘Neighbour of the Year’ and in the run-up to the awards, will be encouraging people to nominate deserving neighbours, and chatting to people on the morning show as to why their neighbour is simply the best. The winner of the award, along with their nominator, must be available for filming on Tuesday September 11 and to attend the awards ceremony on Saturday September 15 in Dublin.

Now in their 38th year, the People of the Year Awards provide a special opportunity for people to honour contributions made by individuals and organisations to life in Ireland. In short, the awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people, including exceptional neighbourly behaviour!