Tipperary Garda Youth Achievement Awards

Last Tuesday evening was one of celebration for young people across the county of Tipperary as they were recognised for their achievements at the Tipperary Garda Youth Achievement Awards which were sponsored by Supermac’s.  Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe presented the 14 recipients with their awards alongside MC Sile Seoige, and spoke highly of their achievements at the ceremony which took place in the Garda Siochana College, Templemore.

This is the first year of these Awards in Tipperary to celebrate and acknowledge young people between the ages of 13 and 19.  Four groups & ten individuals each received an award.  The nominations were considered by the judging panel with the award recipients being young people who, through their activities, make their communities a better place to live in, or who have shown great determination in their own lives.

The recipients came from across the county and their achievements include assisting in the recent catastrophic flooding in Carrick on Suir; producing a DVD on Mental Health awareness for Secondary School students; fundraising for the Irish Wheelchair Association; supporting homeless charities, locally & nationally; helping support family members Members of the Judging panel who engaged with the difficult task of choosing the winners were: Ms Una Healy (singer & songwriter), Mr Brendan Cummins (All-Ireland Winning Hurler and RTÉ Hurling Analyst), Mr Gerard O’Brien (Circuit Court Judge), Mr Henry Healy (President Barack Obama’s Irish Relative and Supermac’s Representative) & Inspector Edmund Golden (Chairperson).

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