Eleven outstanding individuals and two groups have been recognised at the North Garda Youth Awards for making a difference in their local communities and showing great determination in their lives.
The awards were held at the Charleville Park Hotel and celebrate and acknowledge young people between the ages of 13-19.
The recipients came from across the North Cork Division from Milford to Youghal and their achievements include fundraising for worthy causes such as the Special Olympics, Cork Simon, St Vincent de Paul and Down Syndrome Ireland.
There were also people heavily involved in local radio, first response, anti-bullying and positive mental health programmes as well as Foróige programmes.
Among the winners was Eoghan Kenny, a fifth-year student at Patrician Academy in Mallow.
Eoghan is heavily involved in his local area from teaching U11 GAA to helping out in his local church.
Jessie Gorey was another winner on the night, receiving an award for her involvement in Mitchelstown Girl Guides since the age of six.
Nancy Lehane, who performed a dance routine and an acoustic song on the night of the ceremony for the 165 strong crowd, also won an award for her community volunteering and fundraising.
Kerrie Woods, from Doneraile, received a Garda Youth Award for offering her time, energy and talents to help out in the Doneraile Rockets Special Olympics Club, which she had been doing since Transition Year.
William Gillman is another young person who was given a Garda Youth Award on Thursday night.
William has been heavily involved in Community Radio Youghal for a number of years now entertaining the audiences of the station every week with his witty humour and comments.
The full winners for the Cork North Garda Youth Awards were Eoghan Kenny from Mallow, Jessie Gorry from Mitchelstown, Darragh Nolan from Youghal, Nancy Lehane from Newmarket, Reece Tracey, Fermoy, Noelle Lenihan from Milford, Kerrie Woods from Doneraile, William Gillman from Youghal and Ciara O’Flynn from Banteer.
There was also two group awards and a joint award. Cathal Morrissey and James McCarthy from Midleton received a joint award and the Foróige Youth Club in Churchtown received a group award as well as
Summer Camp Youth Volunteers from the East Cork Parents and Friends of People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Supermac's sponsored the awards. Managing Director, Pat McDonagh, said that the Youth Awards were very important. “Society works best when we are active in its promotion,” he said.
“Active citizenry makes for a healthy society and being involved in one’s community is one of the greatest and most rewarding things we can do as citizens. Young people today have so much to contend with. Life definitely was simpler when I was growing up."
"But the one thing that has remained constant is the feeling of achievement when one is involved in a community-based activity. I admire and respect each and every person that was nominated for a youth award. By being nominated you have truly achieved a spectacular goal. I would like to congratulate the winners of the Cork North Garda Youth Awards,” Mr McDonagh said.
“The award is something to cherish for the rest of your lives and something that should be used as a springboard to achieve greater things. Well done to you all,” he concluded.