June 20, 2024

Recognising our inspiring young people – applications for Garda Youth Awards open

DO you know any young person who is deserving of recognition for the positive contribution they are making to their local community?

If so, you can now nominate them online for the 2019 Kilkenny-Carlow 2019 Garda Youth Awards on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Kilkenny-CarlowGardaYouthAwa…

Kilkenny gardai are urging community leaders, teachers, sports coaches and parents to share the link over the coming weeks. Local Crime Prevention Officer Peter McConnon said: “Applications must be completed and submitted before May 31 and any person can forward a nomination. So get cracking folks!”

Hurling legend Henry Shefflin and RTÉ journalist Evanne Ní Chuilinn (pictured above with Netwatch CEO David Walsh) recently launched the Garda Youth Awards, an innovative new initiative to recognise the hugely positive contributions that young people are making to their local communities.

The awards 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, which will be MC’d by Evanne, 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 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 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.”

The Garda Youth Awards are sponsored by Carlow-based Netwatch, which now employs 600 people and services over 300,000 customers. CEO David Walsh (picture below with Evanne Ní Chuillin and Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes) said: “For us, sponsoring things in our community is doing the right thing. It’s not all about profit. This is a fantastic initiative and we’re delighted to support it.”

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