2009 Philanthropist of the Year Winners Announced

This year the awards honour three truly exceptional Irish individuals for their inspiring philanthropic work both within Ireland and abroad. You can watch a video profile and read more about each winner here.

Meet the Winners

National: Chantal McCabe for her key support of Young Social Innovators, Social Innovations Ireland and the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Chantal provided seed funding and they have since grown to become extremely important and effect charity organisations within their fields.

Watch a short video profile of Chantal:

International: John Clarke is a founder member of Friends in Ireland which is developing and running a hospice and orphan homes and much more besides in South Africa

Watch a short video profile of John:

Local: Cathal McCarthy was one of the initial funders of the innovative Co Monaghan Fund and has also supported projects for older people in his native Ballybay in Monaghan, as well as the GAA and Crumlin Children’s Hospital among others.

Watch a short video profile of Cathal:

About the Awards

The awards, now in their third year, aim to recognise extraordinary individuals who have shown outstanding leadership in the area of personal philanthropy and who, through their giving, have made a remarkable difference in bringing about sustainable social change. 

The Philanthropist of the Year Awards give the Irish public the chance to thank those people who have and are making a difference to our society and to our communities.  Such determination but also vision is even more essential in a time when many of Ireland’s services to vulnerable groups and causes are struggling.” says Tina Roche, CEO of The Community Foundation for Ireland. “Each of today’s winners is a shining example of how individuals can have a major impact on people’s lives and on social issues. They are strategic and business-minded in their approach to tackling an issue and this has led them to be very successful in their chosen endeavours. This type of attitude is what distinguishes philanthropy from charity, the vision and determination to achieve long term changes, even in these adverse times, makes all our winners truly deserving of the accolade”

The philanthropists were nominated by their peers, by members of the communities in which they work and by the non-profit organisations that they support. The awardees were chosen according to specific criteria. The winners were decided by a high profile independent judging panel which included Liz O’Donnell, Eamon Coghlan, Conor O’Clery and was chaired by author Deirdre Purcell.