2023 is the 40th year of the Tallaght Person of the Year awards. They are a community run awards programme to recognise and celebrate unsung community heroes across various walks of life in Tallaght.
It was created by Charles and Mary Morton in 1984, and the first awards were held in The Belgard Inn, with Garret Fitzgerald as the special guest. It was handed over to the Tallaght Community Council in 1986 and it has been run by community volunteers for 40 years now.
Our 2022/23 Tallaght Person of the Year is Zak Moradi. Zak has been playing GAA with Thomas Davis for almost two decades, also coaching children and teens with the club during that time. He speaks highly of the welcome he received coming to Ireland as a refugee when he was a young boy. The GAA was instrumental in his journey of integration. He is a member of the Sports against Racism committee and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in sports. Zak is a proud Kurd as well as Tallaght man, regularly sharing insights into the Kurdish culture.
Arts & Culture
Music, drama, literature, poetry, history and all mediums of art.
For all businesses, small, medium or large that show entrepreneurship, provide a quality service, create employment, support the community and add positively to the profile of Tallaght.
Sergeant Andrew Callanan Community
For individuals or groups involved in fundraising, volunteering, resident associations, support groups, community centre and active groups in Tallaght.
Heart of Gold
To reward young people, aged under 18, who are positive role models, for acts of bravery, courage and determination.
Learning & Innovation
To recognise education and learning in Tallaght. It is open to individuals, groups, schools, education hubs or businesses learning new things that enhance their services or others.
Michael Dooley Environment
For individuals and groups that raise the profile of the environmental issues, tidy towns, anti-litter activities, green projects, food producers and anyone promoting the environment.
Jim Lawlor Special Needs & Carers
For those in the community that care for the needs of others whether as an individual or as part of a group.
Philip Preston Sport
For individuals, managers, players, teams, mentor groups that actively encourage participation in all types of sports, achieve awards in their field and/or add positively to the profile of Tallaght through sports.
Maurice McConnell Youth
For leaders, volunteers, or groups who run or support youth activities or raise awareness on youth issues.
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Tallaght Community Council is proudly presenting
The Tallaght Person of the Year Awards.