'Sunday' families up for top award

Scores of Derry people will be tuning into RTÉ One tomorrow night in the hope of seeing local Bloody Sunday campaigners win Ireland's prestigious People Of The Year Award 2010.

A delegation of family members and those wounded on Bloody Sunday will be in attendance for the glittering awards ceremony in Dublin.

The group was nominated for the award in recognition of its tireless campaign to uncover the truth about the massacre of January 30, 1972, in which 14 local men died and a further 14 people were injured as a result of British Army gunfire in the Bogside.

The RT awards will be presented by Grinne Seoige live from the Citywest Hotel.

The awards are held in such high esteem due to the fact that winners are nominated by the public.

Speaking about the forthcoming awards ceremony, campaigner John Kelly, brother of Michael Kelly, said: "We are extremely proud of the fact that we've been nominated for this important award in recognition of our campaign for the truth. Certainly, the families are hopeful at the possibility of actually winning!

"It's important to remember that whether we win or not, this nomination is not just for us but also in recognition of the people of Derry for their relentless support over the years of our campaign," he added.

The list of winners since the awards began in 1975 reads like a who's who of Irish life over more than a quarter of a century. Luminaries such as Derry's Nobel prize-winners John Hume and Seamus Heaney, Padraig Harrington, Mo Mowlam, Brian Keenan, Veronica Guerin, Sir Bob Geldof and Maeve Binchy are just some of the previous award winners.

Tune in to RT One television tomorrow night from 9pm where all will be revealed.