Neighbour of the Year Award

broadBroadcaster Ryan Tubridy and Eileen Colgan, who plays Esther Roche in Fair City’s Carrigstown, joined the residents of St. Brendan’s Cottages in Irishtown, Dublin 4, to launch the ‘Neighbour of the Year’ Award, as part of the 2012 People of the Year Awards, organised by Rehab.

The award, in partnership with RTé2fm’s Tubridy Show, was this year’s special category and people were being encouraged to nominate an inspirational neighbour who has made a real difference in their community. The awards were presented by Gráinne Seoige and televised live on RTé One on Saturday 15th September.

The awards celebrated the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people. Maeve Flaherty from Ballinteer was recognised for her fantastic neighbourly spirit, willingness to turn her home into a place of refuge for people in difficulty, and unwaivering support as a friend and neighbour.

By Jason McDonnell