The Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards were presented to nine deaf or hard of hearing people who have made a significant contribution to Irish society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence. The awards, run by Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society, were presented in various categories The Youth Award went to Marcus Conroy.
Nine year old Marcus has been hard of hearing all his life yet it has not stopped him from taking part or getting involved in a range of activities. He is a keen sportsman and competes in judo, football and swimming, winning medals for his achievements in each sport. Despite wearing hearing aids in both ears he attends a mainstream school and is determined to succeed with his studies.