About Cork Person of the Year

The Cork Person of the Month and Cork Person of the Year awards scheme was established in 1993 to celebrate Cork’s greatest asset in City and County – our people. Each month a person or persons are selected and at year’s end, the Cork Person of the Year is chosen from these monthly winners. The general public is invited to nominate anyone for these awards by emailing nominations@corkpersonofthemonth.ie. The organisers of the awards do so on a voluntary basis and are proud and honoured to do so. This award scheme not only celebrates Cork people but it also helps to promote Cork as a good place to live, work and play.

As Ireland does not have a state-backed National Honours Scheme, like most countries do, we have added some extra national awards. The Honorary Corkperson award goes to people not from Cork, but to those who may have contributed to Cork and Ireland in some positive way. It has gone to people who Corkonians admire like Broadcaster John Bowman and Rugby Coach Joe Schmidt and to those who promote Cork around the world like entertainers Jeremy Irons and Michael Flatley.

Over the last thirty years we have honoured some 400 Persons of the Month and 33 Persons of the Year. Some years more than one person receives the monthly and yearly award.

Our Past Winners

Each month a Person or Persons of the Month are selected and at year’s end the Cork Person of the Year is chosen from these monthly winners.

DECEMBER 2021
Dr. Dermot Kavanagh

CORK SIMON COMMUNITY HONOURED ON ITS 5Oth ANNIVERSARY

Dr Dermot Kavanagh has been chosen as Cork…

NOVEMBER 2021
Eileen & Catherine Walsh

CORK'S INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ACTING SISTERS HONOURED IN HOME TOWN

Multi-award-winning stage and screen actors, Catherine and…

OCTOBER 2021
Jack O’Rourke

CORK SINGER-SONGWRITER JACK O'ROURKE NAMED CORK PERSON OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER

Jack O’Rourke has been…

SEPTEMBER 2021
Pat Fitzpatrick

HUMORIST PAT FITZPATRICK IS SEPTEMBER CORK PERSON OF THE MONTH

Pat Fitzpatrick, better known through his…

AUGUST 2021
Maurice Gubbins

LONG-STANDING EDITOR NAMED CORK PERSON OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST

Maurice Gubbins, Editor of The Echo,…

JULY 2021
Professor Linda Doyle

TRINITY'S FIRST FEMALE PROVOST AWARDED CORK PERSON OF THE MONTH FOR JULY

Professor Linda Doyle, provost…

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