The Laois PPN Community and Voluntary Awards 2018 were held on Tuesday night at the Midlands Park Hotel.
The Unsung Hero of the Year is one of the most prestigious awards that honours selfless people who make a difference through volunteering and community work. There were 19 nominees from across the county.
Carmel O'Connor, originally from The Heath now living in Portlaoise, was announced as the 2018 Unsung Hero.
Carmel has done selfless, outstanding work with the Irish Wheelchair Association for 16 years and has also volunteered with Special Olympics.
She is passionate about being a voice for those with disabilities.
Other winners on the night included Durrow Scarecrow Festival, the 7th Laois Camross Scouts, Abbeyleix Bog Project, Teac Tom and Down Syndrome Ireland Laois Branch.
Congratulations to all involved.