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.

JUNE 2021
John Creedon

AUTHOR AND BROADCASTER JOHN CREEDON IS JUNE CORK PERSON OF THE MONTH

Award-winning RTÉ broadcaster and…

MAY 2021
Jerry and Billy Holland

RUGBY FAMILY DUO NAMED CORK PERSONS OF THE MONTH FOR MAY

Munster rugby stalwarts and father-son…

APRIL 2021
Billy O’Callaghan

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR NAMED CORK PERSON OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL

Critically acclaimed Douglas-based author Billy…

MARCH 2021
Roos Demol and Breda Keane Shortt

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS HONOURED FOR WORK WITH MIGRANTS, REFUGEES, ASYLUM SEEKERS AND DIRECT PROVISION

Roos Demol…

FEBRUARY 2021
Br. Ben Cusack

BEN CUSACK’S CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION & YOUTH WORK HONOURED

Br. Ben Cusack’s contribution to education and youth mentoring…

JANUARY 2021
Admiral Colin R. Morehead

HONOUR FOR OLDEST YACHT CLUB IN THE WORLD

Admiral Colin R. Morehead is January Cork Person…

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