‘Hidden Hearing Heroes’ – Ireland’s First Awards for Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Dublin Deaf Scouts help Launch IrelandÍs First Awards for Deaf Community

Hidden Hearing and Irish Deaf Society join forces for Awards

‘Recognising the outstanding achievements of those who are Deaf or hard of hearing’

Ireland’s first awards initiative to highlight the achievements of those who are Deaf or hard of hearing was launched today. The ‘Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards’, created by Ireland’s premier hearing healthcare provider Hidden Hearing in association with the Irish Deaf Society, is seeking nominations for those who are Deaf or hard of hearing and have made a significant contribution to society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence.


The Awards is a joint initiative between Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society. Across eight categories, members of the public can nominate their ‘hero’ who they feel deserves to be recognised for an Award and nominees can also nominate themselves. Submissions can be made by email, post or by sign language through video. Award categories include a social contribution award, supporter award and lifetime achievement award.


Speaking at the launch of the Awards, Stephen Leddy, Managing Director, Hidden Hearing said: “The‘Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards’ is the first initiative in Ireland to focus on the achievements of those who are Deaf or hard of hearing and their contribution to Irish society. We want to highlight that being Deaf or hard of hearing doesn’t have to negatively impact your life, by showcasing the significant achievements from around the country. I’d encourage anyone who wants to nominate their ‘hero’ to log onto www.hiddenhearing.ie and tell us why they deserve an Award”.


Discussing the Awards, Kevin Mulqueen, Chairperson, Irish Deaf Society said: “We are delighted to be working with Hidden Hearing to celebrate the achievements of Deaf and hard of hearing people. These Awards will create awareness about the Deaf and hard of hearing community and I am delighted to be able celebrate their success and triumphs.”


Dr Nina Byrnes with Dublin Deaf Scouts at the Launch of Awards for Deaf Community

There are eight Award Categories in total:

  • ·        Social Contribution Award – recognising contributions to society / communities
  • ·        Workplace Award – an award for someone who has excelled in the workplace
  • ·        Youth Award – for those aged between 6 – 18 who have achieved much in their young lives
  • ·        Grandparent Award – nominations for a special grandparent
  • ·        Sportsperson Award – recognising outstanding sporting achievement
  • ·        Supporter Award – nominated by those who are Deaf or hard of hearing for someone who has provided great support
  • ·        Media Award – for a campaigner who has highlighted topics related to those who are Deaf or hard of hearing
  • ·        Lifetime Achievement Award – for an individual who has played a key role over their lifetime.


Nominations can be submitted online at www.hiddenhearing.ie , by requesting a nomination form at awards@hiddenhearing.ie or by filling out an entry form in Hidden Hearing’s 65 branches around the country or at the Irish Deaf Society headquarters, 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7.  Video nominations with Irish Sign Language can also be submitted which will be transcribed by the Irish Deaf Society – contact awards@irishdeafsociety.ie or 01-8601878. The closing date for nominations is Friday 12th August and the winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony in Dublin in late August.


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