20th annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards launched

Posted on: 5th October, 2015

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Garda James O’ Mahony, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bandon Garda Station, Inspector Pat Meaney, Bandon Garda Station, Chairman of the Organising Committee, Gerry Devine, Regional Manager SuperValu, Garda Don Davis, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bantry Garda Station, Garda Damian White, Community Garda, Bandon Garda Station.

An Garda Síochána in West Cork is pleased to launch the 20th annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards, in association with SuperValu. These Awards were initiated in West Cork in 1995 by Garda James O Mahony, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bandon. SuperValu sponsored the initial Awards, and they have been committed to the Awards ever since.

The Awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. An Garda Síochána in West Cork and SuperValu recognise that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community in West Cork. Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live in. Last year there were a record number of nominations, with 147 young people being nominated in total.

Garda Damian White, Community Garda in Bandon, who is PRO for the Youth Awards, commented that 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.

This year the West Cork Garda Youth Awards in association with SuperValu will take place on Friday, November 27, 2015 in the Maritime Hotel in Bantry.  There are 11 Awards; five Overall Awards, four District Awards, one Group Award and also one Special Achievement Award.

The Group Award category applies for groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities. The Special Achievement category is open to any young person who has defied the odds, or overcome difficult circumstances, and whose commitment deserves recognition.

The 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.

In launching this year’s Awards, Inspector Pat Meaney, Bandon Garda Station, who is Chairman of the Organising Committee, remarked “We wish to recognise 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.”

The closing date for the applications is Friday, October 30, 2015. Application forms are to be submitted to Garda James O Mahony, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bandon Garda Station, or Garda Don Davis, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bantry Garda Station.

As SuperValu stores are independently owned by families who live and work in their local communities, SuperValu truly believes in supporting the local community in which they operate. The West Cork SuperValu stores, which have sponsored these Youth Awards for the past 19 years, are Caulfield’s SuperValu Bandon, Smith’s SuperValu Kinsale, Healy’s SuperValu Dunmanway, O’Leary’s SuperValu Macroom, Boherbue Coop, Field’s SuperValu Skibbereen, Murphy’s SuperValu Castletownbere, O’Keeffe’s SuperValu Bantry, Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty and O’Keeffe’s SuperValu Millstreet.

SuperValu retailers in County Cork invested over €71.9 million to the local economy last year; however their support for the local community doesn’t stop here. The brand is committed to sourcing produce locally and spent almost €22 million annually supporting 790 Cork farmers and producers. SuperValu is dedicated to supporting local jobs and the 30 SuperValu retailers in County Cork employ 2,697 local people, making them collectively amongst the biggest employers in the County. As well as supporting local jobs and the economy, SuperValu retailers in Cork contribute to local charities and voluntary organisations generously. In the past year, SuperValu retailers in County Cork spent almost €614,000 on charitable contributions.

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