The Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards were presented to nine deaf or hard of hearing people who have made a significant contribution to Irish society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence. The awards, run by Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society, were presented in various categories The Lifetime Achievement award went to Des O’Callahan.
Des has devoted his entire life working for and helping the Deaf community in Ireland. He was treasurer for the Deaf Club for many years until he moved to St. Joseph’s House for Deaf Adults. He still spends his time in St. Joseph’s House looking after others in the house, helping them with their shopping and interpreting at Mass.