Tallaght Person of the Year is a community run awards programme to recognise and celebrate unsung heroes, volunteers and active members of the community across various walks of life in Tallaght. It was created by Charles and Mary Morton in 1984, and the first awards were held in The Belgard Inn, with Garret Fitzgerald as the special guest.
It was handed over to the Tallaght Community Council in 1986 and it has been run by community volunteers for almost 30 years now, making it one of the highlights of the Tallaght calendar ever since. The current Tallaght Person of the Year is Simon Sweeney, Simon is passionate about walking and founded the Kiltipper Ramblers walking club – an instrumental figure in nurturing walking and mountaineering as a pursuit for local Tallaght residents. He also formed the Help the Hills campaign and won a Pure Mile award for adopting the rural sections in the Tallaght Hills around Horan’s Lane – once a litter black spot.