July 4, 2022

Who is your local superhero? Nominations sought for Garda Youth Awards

COMMUNITY leaders, teachers, sports coaches and parents are being urged to nominate young people who are making a positive contribution to their communities for the inaugural Garda Youth Awards.

There is less than seven weeks to go before the closing date for nominations on May 31.

To nominate any young person you think deserves recognition, all you have to do it click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Kilkenny-CarlowGardaYouthAwa…

Garda Crime Prevention Officer Peter McConnon said there is “no better way to endorse the great work and achievements of the young people in our communities of Kilkenny and Carlow”.

Hurling legend Henry Shefflin and RTÉ journalist Evanne Ní Chuilinn (pictured below with Netwatch CEO David Walsh) recently launched the awards, which will recognise the “outstanding contribution” young people between the ages of 13 and 21 are making to communities across Kilkenny and Carlow.

The awards event will take place in early November. The winners of four individual categories will then go forward for a national awards ceremony planned for next year.

Kilkenny-Carlow Garda Chief Superintendent Dominc Hayes earlier said the awards are all about recognising “ordinary young people doing extraordinary things out in their local communities”.

Chief Supt Hayes, who is the driving force behind the awards, added: “Every day we see fantastic young people – a lot of them come from difficult situations but they have great pride in their community.”

He has urged community leaders, teachers and parents to embrace the initiative, adding: “Young people are the future. It’s about collaboration – working together to make our communities better and safer places to live in.”


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