ABOVE: Chief Superintendent Tom Hayes, Bandon presenting a Special Achievement Award to Conor Coughlan at the 2015 West Cork Garda Youth Awards.
This year marks the 21st annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards in association with SuperValu. Initiated in West Cork in 1995 by Garda James O Mahony, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bandon, 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 155 young people being nominated in total.
Garda Damian White, Community Garda in Bandon and 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.”
Since their inception in 1996, approximately 2,500 nominations have been received over the 20-year history of the Awards, with 300 Awards presented, which serves as a testament of the commitment of SuperValu and An Garda Siochana in honouring these young people.
This year the West Cork Garda Youth Awards in association with SuperValu will take place on Friday, November 25, 2016 in the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen. 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 store 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 Meany, 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 Irish Examiner is proud to be the Media Partner for this prestigious event, and is privileged to be able to support this worthwhile community initiative.
The closing date for the applications is Friday, November 4, 2016.
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.