Local hero Tom to be honoured in Dublin

Local hero Tom to be honoured in Dublin


Tom Doherty will be honoured at this weekends special event.

The 43rd annual People of the Year Awards will be held in Dublin this evening and a Co Clare local hero will be honoured.

The event, organised by Rehab, was due to take place on March 3rd but was postponed because of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma weather events.

The annual event provides a unique opportunity for the Irish public to honour those who have made a real difference to people’s lives, whether as unsung heroes or household names.

This year, Tom Doherty from Doolin will be honoured for his outstanding word as a Ranger at the Cliffs of Moher and a member of the Irish Coast Guard for over three decades.

As a ranger, Tom has helped to talk down countless people who were contemplating suicide along the Cliffs of Moher. He has also helped rescue many people in difficulty and recover over 100 bodies from the sea.

The heroes and award winners will be revealed on RTÉ One tonight.



Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.