Dóchas Awards 2018

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The Dóchas Awards celebrate the amazing work of our members and the inspirational individuals who bring about meaningful change through their tireless efforts to eradicate global poverty and inequality. The Awards recognise those unsung heroes who embody the willingness to share, learn, inspire those around them and improve how we work.

Finalists for the Dóchas Awards 2018 have been announced below. Winners will be announced at the Dóchas Awards 2018 Ceremony and Christmas celebration on 5 December 2018 in Wood Quay Venue, Dublin

The Dóchas Awards 2018 are brought to you in partnership with Doggett Group and ABF Security.


Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award 

Each year the Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an exceptional individual to highlight and honour their commitment and inspirational work as a champion of international development and global justice.

The Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 will be awarded to Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice. Mrs Robinson served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. This award will be presented to Mrs Robinson at the Dóchas Awards ceremony on 5 December 2018.

Find out more about the Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 recipient.


Dóchas Awards 2018 Finalists 

Finalists for the Dóchas Awards 2018 are listed below. Full profiles of each finalist will be published shortly on the Dóchas website. 


Dóchas Global Citizen Award


  • Éamonn Meehan, Trócaire

  • Maureen Forrest, The Hope Foundation

  • Tiernan Dolan, GOAL



Dóchas Respect and Equality in Communications Award


  • Children Uprooted, UNICEF Ireland

  • Nothing Will Stop Me, Brighter Communities Worldwide

  • This Is Palestine, Trócaire



Dóchas Innovation Award





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Deirdre Mortell

Deirdre is CEO of Social Innovation Fund Ireland and is also CONNECT’s Social Entrepreneur in Residence. She has twenty years’ experience of changing the world one step at a time, sometimes by leading and sometimes by contributing in a team setting to delivering high growth or a step change in impact in Ireland’s leading non-profit organisations. Deirdre has been CEO of ONE Foundation, held senior roles in fundraising and communications in Oxfam and Barnardos, and held multiple Board directorships. Uniting all this is Deirdre’s passion for social change, both globally and locally in Ireland, and the power both of philanthropy and the ordinary citizen to change things - often faster than we think.

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Justine McCarthy

Justine McCarthy has won more than a dozen journalism awards, including as a columnist, features writer, news reporter, campaigning journalist and as the woman journalist of the year. This year, she was awarded the Mary Cummins Outstanding Achievement in Journalism award. She is a columnist and political correspondent with The Sunday Times and a frequent broadcaster. She has contributed to the Washington Post, the Guardian and the Observer. She has written two books - 'The Outsider', an unofficial biography of former President Mary McAleese, and 'Deep Deception', dealing with child sexual abuse in the sport of swimming.

Michael Sheldrick

Michael Sheldrick is Vice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs at Global Citizen, where he oversees international advocacy campaigns in support of universal sanitation, access to education, gender equality and polio eradication. Michael oversees the policy direction of the renowned Global Citizen Festival and has worked on several campaigns in North America, Europe, India and Australia. He has worked with artists, heads of government and philanthropists including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Usher, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He has been instrumental in mobilising political and public support for the Sustainable Development Goals. Michael's writing on these topics has been published by the Guardian, Huffington Post, and The Diplomatic Courier, among others. 

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Dr Walt Kilroy

Dr Walt Kilroy is involved in research and teaching at Dublin City University (DCU) on conflict, development, and where they overlap. His interests include post-war peacebuilding, peacekeeping, civilian protection, and the reintegration of ex-combatants after war. He is also Associate Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR) at DCU. He previously worked with Trócaire in East Africa on advocacy and peacebuilding, and as a broadcast journalist for RTE's foreign desk. 


Dóchas Awards Photo Competition

At this year’s Dóchas Awards, we will showcase the work of our members through the visual art of photography. Find out more.


Winners at the Dóchas Awards 2017



Dóchas is grateful for the support of our Partners for the Dóchas Awards 2018:

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Further Information 

Nominations for the Dóchas Awards 2018 closed on 24 September. Winners will be announced at the Dóchas Awards ceremony and Christmas Party on 5 December 2018 in Wood Quay Venue, Dublin

Nominated individuals should be currently working or volunteering with a Dóchas member organisation, be actively engaged in an initiative in the area of global solidarity and/or international development, and actively broadening the movement of people working for global justice. Applicants, if shortlisted, must be able to attend the Awards ceremony on 5 December 2018 in Wood Quay Venue, Dublin.

Nominated organisations should be existing member or associate member organisations of Dóchas. The nominated project/programme must meet the criteria detailed under the relevant nomination category. 

All nominations will be submitted to a selection committee, which will draw up a shortlist of candidates. The award winners will be chosen from this shortlist by an external judging panel.

Any queries about the Dóchas Awards 2018 can be directed to comms@dochas.ie.