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MACE and Johnny Sexton are looking for your Unsung Heroes

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MACE has once again teamed up with Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton to offer people all around the country the opportunity to share in a prize-fund of €10,000 in a community initiative, whereby the public nominate their Unsung Hero.


MACE is asking the people of Ireland to nominate that special someone who goes the extra mile to make a difference, so they get the recognition they deserve. We want people to nominate their unsung hero, and to tell us which award they think their nominee should win and why.


The individual Award Categories are:

  • Charity Award
  • Child & Youth Award
  • Environment Award
  • Sports, Health & Well-being Award
  • MACE Store Team Award

The special overall MACE Community Award will single out someone from around Ireland who really goes over and above to give something back to their community. Do you know someone who gives themselves selflessly to benefit a charity organisation or their local community? If so, then we want to hear from you. Nominate that special person by logging onto and tell us why they deserve to be recognised as an Unsung Hero.

Each category winner will receive €1,000 while the overall special MACE Community Unsung Hero will receive an overall prize of €5,000. This is the second time MACE have run this initiative. Last year, Limerick native Leona O’Callaghan was selected as the overall outstanding hero for her tireless work in raising awareness of violence against women. Leona was an outstanding recipient of the special overall MACE Community Award.

CHARITY AWARD – this award will be given to the hero who in the opinion of the judges has made a tremendous contribution to a charity*, it may be a national or local cause. *Note – the charity involved should have a charity number for entry into this award.

ENVIRONMENT AWARD – this award will be given to the hero who has had made a positive impact to improving their local environment.

CHILD AND YOUTH AWARD – for 8-18 year olds* – this award will be given to the young hero who is making a difference in their community. *Note that you must have the approval of a parent/guardian to nominate someone in this category.

SPORTS, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING AWARD – we are looking for heroes who have made a difference to their local community through sports or a health or well-being related initiative.

MACE STORE TEAM AWARD – We know that the teams in MACE stores are the people who make a difference to our shoppers and we want to recognise them. Nominate a MACE store team that has gone the extra mile to help you.


MACE COMMUNITY AWARD – What we are looking for here is a hero who has made a substantial difference to their local community. The judges will select which in their opinion is the most outstanding entry amongst the category awards for the overall community award.