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An Garda Síochána Youth Awards

In this section, you will find information and application forms from each Garda Division currently seeking nominations for the Garda Divisional Youth Awards. 

The Garda Youth Awards, at Divisional and National level, celebrates outstanding young people aged between 13 and 21 years, and recognises the good work they are doing throughout their communities. 

The first ever Garda Divisional Youth Awards was created by a local Juvenile Liaison Officer in West Cork in 1995. He noticed that the young people in the community were doing tremendous things which deserved recognition. The awards has grown in leaps and bounds since then.

In 2019, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris launched the first ever An Garda Síochána National Youth Awards saying “The inaugural Garda National Youth Awards will be a showcase for the positive contribution young people are making in their communities. The awards at national and divisional level are a great way for Gardaí to develop strong relationships with community groups and young people in their area.” 

Watch the video below featuring the winners of the 2019 national awards.

Categories for Divisional and National Awards

Individual Award

Making a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live.

Group Award

Group of two or more, making a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live.

Special Achievement Award

Overcome difficult circumstances, defied all the odds and whose commitment deserves recognition.

Community Safety Award

Through a crime prevention or safety initiative/innovation, have made their community a safer place to live. 

Winners of Divisional Awards are submitted to the national judging panel who select 5 winners in each category. Details of when and where the National Awards is due to take place is to be confirmed.  

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

Update 26/06/20

Due to restrictions on events and gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic, An Garda Síochána is currently assessing its plan for the Garda National Youth Awards 2020. Further details will be made available in the near future, but it is hoped that the event may take place in October 2020. For now, stay safe.