The 43rd annual Rehab National People of the Year Awards were presented last night at a special ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin.

West of Ireland groups and individuals featured strongly.

Tuam based historian Catherine Corless was recognised for her work uncovering the secretive burial of hundreds of children at the Tuam mother and baby home.

The people of Ballaghaderreen were declared Community Group of the Year for welcoming Syrian refugees to their town

The Irish Coast Guard was  honoured, as were their heroic lost colleagues from helicopter Rescue 116 and the  community of Erris  who helped with the extensive search operation.

While the Galway Senior All Ireland winning Hurling Team took the Sports Award at last night’s celebrations

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