Tipp town nominates local hero for top award

Tipperary Town Council has unanimously nominated former Irish International and Munster Rugby star, Alan Quinlan for the Rehab Group People of the Year Awards.

Tipperary Town Council has unanimously nominated former Irish International and Munster Rugby star, Alan Quinlan for the Rehab Group People of the Year Awards.

This is the 38th Year of the Rehab People of the Year Awards, which seek to honour those who have made a difference to people’s lives whether they are unsung heroes or household names.

Speaking at the July meeting of Tipperary Town Council, Cllr. Jacqui Finnan said she was proposing Mr. Quinlan for this award in recognition of all he has done and continues to do in relation to the whole area of depression and suicide in Ireland.

“We are all aware of his sporting achievements, but I think his highlighting of mental illness is very important especially in this current climate.

He has highlighted that there is no necessity to feel shame when suffering from this illness.

He is someone young people can and do relate to”, she explained.

Mayor Ruadhri Devitt supported the nomination.

“We have all witnessed and admired his bravery on the sporting field but when he spoke about mental illness, he showed a bravery of a different kind. I have no doubt that he has saved lives because he has spoken out on this,” he said.

Cllr. Finan thanked her fellow councillors for their unanimous support in this nomination.

The nomination will now be reviewed by a panel of adjudicators and the winners will be announced on Saturday, September 15 when the awards ceremony is televised live on RTE.