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Who would you nominate as an 'everyday hero'?

This is a special category in the 2014 People of the Year Awards.

IF YOU COULD nominate an ordinary person for the extraordinary things they do – who would it be?

The search for the nominees for the ‘Everyday Hero’ at the 2014 People of the Year Awards has gone out – with the public being encouraged to come forward with their nominations for their own personal heroes.

To win the award, a person is not required to meet any criterion other than having to be “really special”.

POTY Everyday Hero Launch 3 (1) The public are being asked to come forward with nominations. Source: Robbie Reynolds Photography

People around the country are being asked to nominate friends, co-workers, partners and parents to be considered.

It is all part of The People of the Year awards, which have been running since 1975 and recognise individuals from all walks of life in a number of different categories.

Nominations for the award are now open and will remain so for another week until November 7. The award ceremony will be broadcast on RTE One on December 6.

The awards is sponsored by Rehab and being run in partnership with 2fm’s The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene.

POTY Everyday Hero Launch 6 (1) Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene pictured with 7-year-old Óran Richardson from Malahide Source: Robbie Reynolds Photography

Speaking about the category, 2fm presenter Nicky Byrne, said, “This event is not about big names and showbiz, it’s about ordinary people who are honestly just amazing”.

The stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things are humbling and inspiring.

On the event, Chairman of Rehab, Seán Egan, said, “around the country there are people who are heroes in their own community every day. Everybody knows someone who always seems to make a difference – often in an understated way.”

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