Nominations invited for West Cork Garda Youth Awards

Chief Superintendent Tom Hayes, Bandon presenting a Special Achievement Award to Conor Coughlan at the 2015 West Cork Garda Youth Awards.
Examiner news.... Chief Supt. Tom Hayes presents   Conor Coughlan, Ballinhassig with an  overall  award at the West Cork Garda Youth awards 2015   at the Maritime Hotel, Bantry  
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Posted on: 10th October, 2016

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

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.

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Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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