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Garda Youth Awards 2018

In this section you will find the application forms for each Garda Division which are currently seeking nominations for the Garda Youth Awards. 

The Garda Youth Awards celebrate outstanding young people between 13 and 21 years of age and recognises the good work being done by young people throughout the communities. It is our aim that every Garda Division will eventually host a Garda Youth Award. 

To find out if your area is planning a Garda Youth Awards, you should contact your local Community Garda, Juvenile Liaison Officer or the local station. 

Cork West Garda Youth Awards

An Garda Síochána in West Cork is pleased to launch the 23rd 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 they have 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 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 118 young people nominated in total.

Garda Damian White, Community Garda in Bandon, who is 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 2,750 nominations have been received over the 22-year history of the Awards. An average of 15 Awards have been presented each year, meaning in the region of 315 Awards have been presented, which serves as a testament of the commitment of An Garda Siochana in honouring these young people. 

The Award Categories are: Individual Award, Group Award, Community Safety Award and a Special Achievement Award. 

The Individual Award is open to young people who have made a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live. The Group Award category applies for groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities. The Community Safety Award is for a young person, who through a crime prevention or safety innovation, have made their community a safer place to live. The Special Achievement category is open to any young person who has overcome difficult circumstances, or defied the odds and whose commitment deserves recognition. 

The nomination forms are now available from Garda Stations throughout West Cork Division and any SuperValu store in West Cork. Application forms will also be distributed by the Community Gardai in each local Garda District. Electronic versions of the nomination form are available from westcorkgardayouthawards@garda.ie   

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 Wednesday 7th November 2018.

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.

Forms can also be emailed to: westcorkgardayouthawards@garda.ie

This year the West Cork Garda Youth Awards in association will take place on Friday 23rd November 2018 in the Beara Coast Hotel in Castletownbere. 

DMR South Central Division

Dublin South Central Gardaí, in association with Aviva Insurance and the Aviva Stadium, launched the inaugural Dublin South Central Garda Youth Awards on Friday, 19th October 2018, at the Aviva Stadium.

The Garda Youth Awards were initiated in 1995 in West Cork, where local Gardaí decided they wished to recognise the good work carried out by local youths in the area.

This is the first year that the Dublin South Central Gardaí, with the support of Aviva Insurance and The Aviva Stadium, will be celebrating the outstanding work carried out by local youths throughout the communities of the Dublin South Central Division.

This Dublin South Central Garda Youth Awards are designed to acknowledge the volunteering activities of young people living within the Dublin South Central Division between the ages of 13 years and 21 years. They also acknowledge the endeavours of young people who have faced and overcome challenges in their life.

Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live. The Award Categories are: Individual Award, Group Award, Community Safety Award and a Special Achievement Award. 

  • The Individual Award is open to young people who have made a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live.
  • The Group Award category applies for groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities.
  • The Community Safety Award is for a young person, who through a crime prevention or safety innovation, have made their community a safer place to live.
  • The Special Achievement category is open to any young person who has overcome difficult circumstances, or defied the odds and whose commitment deserves recognition. 

The Dublin South Central Garda Division covers Pearse Street, Kevin Street, Kilmainham, Irishtown and Donnybrook Garda Stations.

Irish Rugby Coach, Mr. Joe Schmidt, a number of local politicians, councillors and residents and Senior Garda Management were present for this launch. 

Dublin North Central Division

Dublin North Central Gardaí in association with Croke Park present the annual Dublin North Central Youth Awards. These awards celebrate outstanding young people between 13 and 21 years of age and recognise the good work being done by young people throughout the communities of Dublin North Central.

Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live. There will also be an award for groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities. All nominees and group members should be between 13 and 21 years of age.

The Dublin North Central Garda Division covers Mountjoy, Fitzgibbon Street, Bridewell andStore Street Garda Stations.

As much information as possible should be supplied by nominators in respect of nominees and why you think they deserve an award. Additional space is provided on the reverse of the form. A seconder is required for each nominee.

Kerry Division

As the Presidential Campaign was drawing to a close another exciting campaign was just beginning in Kerry.  On Friday, October 26th The Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2018 were officially launched by Chief Superintendent Tom Myers in Lee Strand in Tralee.  He was assisted by members of his Divisional Team and three of last year’s fantastic winners – Overall Winner Dale O’Carroll , and Distinction winners Saoirse Casey and Miriam Hanlon.  The awards are held for youths between the ages of thirteen and twenty one years and recognise the great contribution young people have made and continue to make to their communities in Kerry. The awards will be presented at a celebratory awards ceremony in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee on Friday, 25th January 2019. 

This year twenty Merit Awards will be presented to individuals who have made a positive contribution to their community and make it a better place to live. A Group Award will also be presented to groups of two or more people who have made an impact to their community. The Special Achievement Award will be presented to an individual who has overcome difficult circumstances, has defied all the odds and whose commitment deserves recognition. A Community Safety Award will be presented to an individual who through crime prevention or a safety initiative/innovation has made their community a safer place to live. The Overall Winner of the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement 2018 will also be presented.

Speaking at the launch Chief Superintendent Tom Myers stated “An Garda Síochána are delighted to be associated with the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards. We often underestimate the worth of our youth who are both innovative and important to our future. It is important to recognise their excellence in the area of sports, arts, culture, charities or caring for a relative or friend. The awards have a positive effect on our wider community and I would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to Lee Strand for their continued sponsorship and support over the past 21 years.”

Any member of the public can nominate a young person whom they feel has made a contribution to their local area. Nominations are accepted from individuals, community and voluntary groups, schools and youth clubs/organisation. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges who are community volunteers from around the county under the chairmanship of Chief Superintendent Tom Myers, An Garda Síochána. Nomination forms are available below or from any Garda Station in Kerry or by contacting Tralee Garda Station on 066 7102311.  Alternatively nominations can be made on line on www.leestrand.ie.   

The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday, 7th December 2018.

Kildare Division

Call for Entries to the Third Annual Kildare Garda Youth Awards

The Kildare Garda Division in association with Newbridge Silverware are delighted to announce the launch of the third annual Kildare Garda Youth Awards. The awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. Kildare Gardaí along with Newbridge Silverware recognise that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community throughout the county, which should be awarded.

Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live. There will be six individual District Award Winners, two from each area of Naas, Kildare and Leixlip, along with one Special Achievement Award, which is open to any young person who has defied the odds, or overcome difficult circumstances and whose commitment deserves recognition.  In addition, there will be one overall winner of the Kildare Garda Youth Awards for 2019, one Voluntary Group Achievement Award, which is open to nominations of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities and one Community Safety Award, which recognises an individual or group who has made their community a safer place to live. The judging panel will decide upon one nominee in each category to go forward to represent the division at the National Garda Youth Awards, which take place in March 2019.   

Nominations are now open and entry forms can be collected from your local Garda Station or downloaded at here or from the Kildare Garda Division Facebook Page Forms must be completed in full and returned by post or hand delivered before Friday, 7th December 2018 to one of the following:

Garda David Prendergast, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Naas Garda Station 045 884364
Garda Audrey Sheridan, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Leixlip Garda Station 01 6667848
Garda Michael Donlon, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Newbridge Garda Station 045 440187
Garda Kevin Fahey, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Athy area, at Baltinglass Garda Station 059 6482610 

The award winners will be celebrated at a special event at Punchestown Racecourse on Friday 25th January 2018, which will be attended by 2FM DJ Keith Walsh who will MC the event. 

Limerick Division

Limerick Gardaí in association with Garveys, Supervalu Corbally and Centra Newcastle West are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Limerick Garda Youth Awards for 2018.

The awards are designed to acknowledge the volunteering activities of young people living within the Limerick Garda Division between the ages of 13 years and 21 years. They also acknowledge the endeavours of young people that have faced and overcome challenges in their life.

An Garda Síochána recognise that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community in Limerick and awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence, activity and contribution make their communities a better place to live in.

In all there will be eight award winners this year with at least one winner from each of the four districts within the Limerick Garda division.

Since our first Award ceremony in 2014 we have had 33 overall winners out of nearly 300 nominations.

Every person nominated will receive a certificate of nomination while the overall winners will be presented with their awards at a gala dinner in the Woodlands House Hotel on Thursday 29th  November 2018.

This year there is an added dimension to the awards in that the first National Garda Youth Awards will take place next April 2019 in the Garda College, Templemore. Co Tipperary. It is hoped that local award winners will qualify for the national finals.

So anyone that knows a young person between the age of 13 and 21 years that is involved in any type of community activity or who is helping in a voluntary capacity, any person, a relation, a friend or an organisation perhaps, can send in a nomination, or if you know some young person that has a performed some exceptional act, then please send in a nomination.

The Award Ceremony will be held in Woodlands House Hotel on the 29th November 2018.

Westmeath Garda Division

Westmeath Garda Division in association with Lidl present the 1st Annual Westmeath Garda Youth Awards, celebrating outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. Westmeath Garda and Lidl recognise that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community throughout Westmeath.

Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live or have shown great determination in their own lives. Groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities
will also be considered. All nominees and group members should be between the ages of 13 and 21 years.

As much information as possible should be supplied by nominators in respect of nominees and why you think they deserve an award. A seconder is required for each nominee.

The Award Ceremony will be held in Mullingar Park Hotel on the 7th February 2019.

Wexford Garda Youth Awards

An Garda Síochána, Wexford, and Wexford County Council are proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Co. Wexford Garda Youth awards. This is the 3rd year of what is now a hugely successful event.

The awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 11 and 21 years. An Garda Síochána, Wexford and Wexford County Council recognise that a lot of great work is being done by young people in every Community throughout Co. Wexford. Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence and actions make their communities a better place to live. Last year we had over 80 young people nominated in total.

Chief Superintendent Patrick McMenemin remarked that that An Garda Síochána are delighted to have this opportunity to highlight the outstanding achievements of the young people of County Wexford: “I encourage everyone, that if they know of a young person or groups of young people between the ages of 11 and 21 who are living in County Wexford and who have made an outstanding contribution to the community or overcome difficult circumstances, to nominate them for an award. We recognise the importance of An Garda Síochána in Wexford in building better relationships with the young people of the County. We look forward to meeting the award winners and to show our appreciation as an organisation, as a Community and as a County for all their efforts.”

The Co. Wexford Garda Youth Awards was officially launched on Monday, the 8th of October 2018, at the Wexford County Council Buildings.

The awards night will be in early February 2019, at Wexford County Council buildings. (Date to be announced.)

In launching this year’s awards, Inspector Denis Whelan who is Chairman of the organising committee remarked: “This is the third running of the event which has been hugely successful. It is a great source of delight and pride for all of us in An Garda Síochána to meet these amazing young people who are an inspiration to us all. I would like to pay special thanks to Wexford County Council for their support. I would also like to pay special thanks to Alan Corcoran of South East Radio who has compered the event since it began and whose contribution has helped to make it the success it is.”

Application forms are available at below and at wexfordcoco.ie and will be distributed to schools and Garda Stations throughout County Wexford.

Send applications to: Garda Paul Buckley, Enniscorthy Garda Station, Co. Wexford.

The closing date for applications is Friday 1st February 2019.