Humanitarian of the Year Award

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The Irish Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year award is the highest honour bestowed by the organisation.

This Award’s intent is to build awareness – not only for the dedicated work of a person or group who have remained steadfast in their commitment to reduce suffering – but it is for all of us to see what is possible when selfless people act in support of others.

The Irish Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year will have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in a project or endeavour that has had a positive impact on the lives of others. This individual will have demonstrated courage and creativity, the power to inspire others, the ability to lead – and to follow.

This work could be in one of the following areas: disaster relief, human development, refugee assistance, civil society, equitable economic development, health, environment, education, population or public policy.

Aubrey McCarthy – Humanitarian of the Year 2024.

Aubrey McCarthy, a businessman from Naas, Co. Kildare, has dedicated his life to combating marginalization experienced by those affected by violence, addiction, homelessness, and the fallout of war. Inspired by his childhood experiences of poverty, he founded Tiglin in 2008. This organisation has been a beacon of hope, providing housing for over 200 people, feeding 500 vulnerable individuals at its “Lighthouse Cafe” on Pearse Street, and running residential centres for those overcoming substance abuse. Additionally, Tiglin has extended its support to over 100 Ukrainian guests, offering employment, schooling, and recreational activities.