There was success for a host of Cork youth projects at the Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards in Dublin.
The awards, sponsored by Aldi, celebrated their 50th year and had over 14,000 young people taking part, more than ever before.
This year, there were 26 different youth projects from Cork city and county, three of which received bronze, silver and gold awards for their projects.
Ballygarvan Foróige Club was given a bronze award for its project 'Lighting Up Ballygarvan', where they brightened up the town by fundraising over €500 for Christmas Tree lights to decorate a tree in the town centre.
They raised the money by asking locals to sponsor a light and celebrated the occasion with a tree-lighting ceremony, Christmas carols and hot drinks to keep everyone warm.
Claiming a silver award was the Muintir Bhaire Foróige Club, who were recognised for their project "Did you know, your Eircode could save your life?" After realising that not many people in the community knew their Eircode, they hosted a community information evening to demonstrate the importance of the Eircode. The group compiled an information pack and got local fire service and first responders in to host talks on the importance of knowing your Eircode.
The information evening was so successful that they have been asked by members of the community to host another on the subject.
Ballineen Foróige Club received a gold award for their project to get people in the community to shop local after being inspired by a documentary on RTÉ about rural decline, along with the closure of their local post office.
The group carried out a survey in local businesses and sought advice from a local community group. They created a loyalty scheme and Christmas raffle to entice people to shop locally throughout December. They also raised over €2,000 for Ronald McDonald House and Ambulance Services by selling Santa hats. Their project was placed within the top six across the country.