Young people from across Donegal have been recognised for their community contributions at the Donegal Garda Youth Awards.
The awards, hosted by the Donegal Joint Policing Committee, celebrated outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. The awards recognised the good work being done by young people in every community in Donegal.
Winners were announced at a ceremony in County House, Lifford on Monday. Judge Paul Kelly, Chairperson of the Donegal Garda Youth Awards Adjudication Committee presented winners with their awards.
The Award Winners were as follows:-
- INDIVIDUAL AWARD – Rachel Mc Gee
- GROUP AWARD – Letterkenny Youthreach
- SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Jordan Boyle
- COMMUNITY SAFETY AWARD – Odhran O’Neill & Ruby Hurst
The winners will now represent the Donegal Division at the National Youth Awards which will take place in April 2019.
The Donegal Garda Youth Awards application process opened in November with nominations invited under four different Award Categories.
Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Chairperson, Donegal Joint Policing Committee, paid tribute to all of the nominees and said: “The Donegal Joint Policing Committee is delighted to be associated with this Award Scheme. The positive contribution that all of the nominees, particularly the award winners, have made should be commended and celebrated. By their efforts these young people had made an important and valuable contribution to the communities they live in.”
Superintendent Michael Finan stated that “An Garda Síochána in Donegal is delighted to facilitate the Garda Youth Awards for 2019 in conjunction with the Donegal Joint Policing Committee. The standard of nominations this year was extremely high. I wish to congratulate all those nominated and thank those who took the time to nominate the various groups and individuals.”
The nominees were as follows:-
Rachel Mc Gee
Stephen O’ Donnell
Cycle Against Suicide Group – Errigal College
Aisling Murphy & Emma Murphy c/o Finn Valley Centre
Special Achievement Award:
Community Safety Award:
Odhran O’Neill & Ruby Hurst