Traditionally the Blarney Person of the Year is announced at a wonderful village get together in The Castle Hotel attended by the nominees, family members and invited guests. However, like many other events, this has fallen foul of the Covid-19 pandemic and for the first time in the 11 year history of the event the 2020 Person of the Year Awards ceremony could not go ahead. Awards organisers Kate Durrant, John Henchion and Cllr Damian Boylan said it was important that the efforts and achievements of the nominees were still recognised during what was by any measure an extraordinary year.
“With so many worthy monthly winners during 2020, our panel of judges have once again had a particularly difficult task on their hands to choose an overall winner,” they said, adding that while the nominees come from a wide range of different backgrounds and interests including sport, the arts voluntary and community work, business the environment, they all had one thing in common, “Through their lives and achievements each and every one of them has excelled in their own special way and have made immense contributions to the local community. In that regard, they are all winners.”
After much deliberation the panel of judges are delighted to announce the 2020 winners.
The Blarney & District Person of the Year Award for 2020 goes to Lucy Kay for her lifetime commitment to scouting which has seen her receive the second highest award, the Gold Meritorious award, for the incredible work and commitment she has given to Scouting at local and national level. Despite her many other commitments Lucy also remains devoted to her local Scout Group and was recently presented with her 25 year service award.
The person inaugurated into the Blarney Hall of Fame for 2020 is 27 year old Robert Gabriel who has been included in Forbes’ prestigious ‘30 under 30’ list of Europe’s leading young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. Robert is the founder of Helperbird, a tool for people with dyslexia. He set up the company after years of struggling in school with the condition and his company now supports an incredible 400,000 daily users from more than 28 countries.
Congratulations to all our winners throughout the last year and we will be in touch over the next few days to deliver your beautiful awards to you.