June 17, 2024

Kilkenny gardai host first annual youth awards

The inaugural Kilkenny Carlow Garda Youth awards are taking place tonight.

The awards recognise either a young person or group of young people between the ages of 13 and 21, who have achieved extraordinary things by making their community a better place to live in, or have shown determination in their own lives.

There are eleven awards on the night, the winners chosen by a judging panel consisting of Kilkenny hurling legend and Ballyhale Shamrocks, Henry Shefflin, David Walsh of sponsor Netwatch, Kilkenny People editor, Brian Keyes and Inspector Liam Connolly. KCLR Live’s Eimear Ní Bhraonáin is MC.

The winners of the following four awards will go on to the National Garda Youth Awards:

  • Individual Award – Any young person who has made a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live.
  • Group Award – Any group of two or more young people who have contributed positively to their community.
  • Special Achievement Award – Any young person who has defied the odds or overcome difficult circumstances.
  • Community Safety Award – any young person or group who have made their community a safer place to live through a crime prevention or safety initiative/innovation.

A further six individuals, or groups, will be presented with District Awards, two in each of the local districts of Kilkenny, Carlow and Thomastown. Finally,  there will be a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event takes place in Hotel Kilkenny this evening.


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