Above: Chief Superintendent Tom Hayes presenting the Bantry District Award to Emilie Murphy at last year’s Awards
An Garda Síochána in West Cork has launched the 19th 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 has 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 141 young people nominated in total.
PRO for the Youth Awards Garda Damian White, Community Garda in Bandon, 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 21, 2014 in Acton’s Hotel in Kinsale. 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. Community Gardai in each local Garda District will also distribute the forms.
In launching this year’s Awards, Inspector Brendan Fogarty, Bandon Garda Station, who is Chairman of the Organising Committee, remarked “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.”
The closing date for the applications is Friday, October 31, 2014. 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.