The Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards celebrate those people who support their community, workplace, family or sport in an exceptional way.
The awards programme is run by Hidden Hearing with the support of the Irish Deaf Society.
RTÉ television personality Brenda Donohue presented the awards yesterday in Dublin.
Members of the public are invited to nominate a hero who they feel deserves recognition for their contribution.
The winners this year came from Dublin, Offaly, Cork, Wexford and Roscommon.
The 2012 award winners are:
Orla O’Sullivan (Cork), workplace award
Dominic McGreal (Dublin), social contribution award
John Cradden (Celbridge), media award
Marcus Conroy (Roscommon), youth award
Gene Barry (Birr), grandparent award
Eoin Nolan (Wexford), sportsperson award
Killian McDonnell (Dublin), student award
Irish Deaf Woman’s Group, organisation award for its 20 years in supporting deaf women
Des O’Callaghan (Dublin), lifetime achievement award