This awards ceremony is now in its fortieth year and is probably one of the best ones going, simply because it takes the time to honour the unsung heroes of our nation. Those everyday people who have made a massive difference to others through acts of bravery, kindness and civic pride. There's also an international award to honour an Irish person who has made an outstanding contribution internationally, as well as an award for a non-Irish person who has made a big difference here. Prepare to have the heart strings pulled and the tissues at the ready for this.