Gardai launch 19th annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards

Date Published : October 18th, 2014    Published By : admin

An Garda Siochana in West Cork have launched the 19th annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards, in association with SuperValu. These Awards started in 1995 by Bandon Garda James O Mahony, Juvenile Liaison Officer. SuperValu who have sponsored the Awards from the start, and have been committed to the Awards ever since.

The Awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. Last year saw a record number of nominations with 141 young people being nominated in total.

This years West Cork Youth Awards takes place in Actons Hotel, Kinsale on Friday 21st November. There are 11 awards, five overall awards, four district awards and one group award and one special achievement award.

Launching this year’s awards, Inspector Brendan Fogarty said, “Each year we are consistently impressed and humbled by the sacrifices made by these young people, as they contribute to their community, both at a local level, and also in wider areas. An Garda Síochána would like to pay tribute to SuperValu for their continued sponsorship of the Youth Awards.”

Garda Damian White said, “The nomination process is open to everyone, so if you know of a young person who is committed to making a difference to their community, please put them forward, as every nominee will receive a certificate, even if they do not win an award. This way, all nominees are recognised for their efforts, and the certificate is a very valuable item to have on a young person’s CV into the future.”

Nomination forms are now available from any SuperValu in the West Cork Garda Division, and also at garda stations throughout West Cork. Application forms will also be distributed by the community gardai in each local Garda District.

The closing date for the applications is Friday 31st October 2014.

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Story By Declan Keogh – 18.10.14 at 11.30
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