The 2018 Offaly Person of the Year award was presented to the Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show.
TWENTY nine people have been nominated for the 2019 Offaly Person of the Year Award.
The nominees come from all walks of life and are scattered throughout the county.
The award, together with the Unsung Hero of Offaly honour, will be presented at a gala dinner in the Bridge House Hotel on Saturday, March 28 next.
The award, organised by the Offaly Association [Dublin], is generously sponsored by Coolderry native, Noel Tynan, Le Bon Crubeen Restaurant, Talbot Street, Dublin.
This is the 61st dinner dance to be hosted by the Offaly Association, Dublin.
Tickets for this prestigious event are €40 and will be on sale in the coming weeks.
Details of the first 14 nominees are published below while the remaining will be published in next week's edition of the Tullamore Tribune.
CANON RUTH GILL [RTD] – SHINRONE/ KILCORMAC
For her work in the parish and community and in particular her guidance for the Shinrone Heritage Group WW1 project.
FIONA MITCHELL - TULLAMORE
For her contribution to journalism nationally and internationally, especially her work as RTE correspondent in London.
JUDY BRYANT - KILLOUGHEY
For her inspirational work with young people and her commitment to badminton in Killoughey and Offaly over four decades.
CHARLENE DELANEY - TULLAMORE
For having the courage to step forward and address the barriers to reproductive healthcare and her role in the abortion rights campaign.
CHARLIE FINLAY - CAPPINCUR
For his work with Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society, the Order of Malta, Civil Defence and other voluntary groups in Tullamore.
VINCENT CLEARY - KILLEIGH
For his contribution to local business and his development of the Glenisk brand as a world leader in its field.
HENRY HEALY - MONEYGALL
For his work locally, nationally and internationally to promote all things connected with Moneygall.
PAUL GALVIN - TULLAMORE
For his tireless and energised humanitarian work for the under-privileged and for all those touched by his generosity of spirit.
JOHN MCDONALD - TULLAMORE
An outstanding businessman, blessed with creativity and inventiveness, who has given employment to so many in the county.
ANNE STARLING - TULLAMORE
For her dedicated and passionate support of business through her work with Tullamore Chamber of Commerce allied to her work with Special Olympics, Dochas, homeless etc.
SHANE LOWRY - CLARA
For his commitment to promoting all things Offaly and his amazing victory in the British Open in Portrush.
JOHN O'CONNOR - DURROW
He has given a lifetime of commitment to a large number of organisations in his native Durrow and in Tullamore including Civil Defence, St Patrick's Day Parade committee, Durrow Hall and Graveyard committees, Tullamore Show, Suicide Awareness and many more.
HUMPHREY O'CONNOR - TULLAMORE
For his dedication and commitment to the health services and his work for Offaly Hospice and Dochas.
LEXIE DELANEY - EDENDERRY
Despite just being aged 11 years, she has raised awareness as well as huge sums of money to buy much-needed supplies for the homeless.