Limerick Garda Divisional Youth Awards 2016 – Pictured at the launch were Joe Moynihan, Assistant Manager Garvey’s SuperValu, Derek Smart, Garda Superintendent, Katie Whelan, past winner of the Limerick Garda Divisional Youth Award, Chris O’Driscoll, Manager Garvey’s SuperValu and Robbie Williams Limerick FC. Picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick
Limerick Gardaí, in association with Garvey’s SuperValu in Corbally and Centra in Newcastle West, are pleased to announce that they will present the third Annual Limerick Garda Divisional Youth Awards 2016, celebrating outstanding young people between the ages of 14 – 19 years old.
An Garda Síochána recognise that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community in Limerick and awards will be considered for nominated young people who, by their presence, make their communities a better place in which to live.
Pictured at the launch of the Limerick Garda Divisional Youth Awards 2016 were Derek Smart, Limerick Garda Superintendent and Katie Whelan, past winner of Limerick Garda Divisional Youth Award. Picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick.
Launching this year’s awards, Sergeant Seamus O’Neill said, “We’ve had two very successful years with our awards, but they depend on as many people as we can get the message out to, that these awards are for young people between the ages of 14-19, living within the Limerick Garda Division.”
There will be between 8-10 awards on the night, with four overall winners, with one award winner from each of the four Garda districts within the Limerick division; Bruff, Newcastle West, Henry Street and Roxboro Road. As with last year’s event, the number of award categories increased as the organisers saw an increase in nominations.
Sergeant O’Neill added, “We want the message to get out there now, all the nominations will have to be in by Friday, October 28, and November 24 is the date of the awards night in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, Co. Limerick.
“We are very grateful to SuperValu in Corbally and Centra in Newcastle West; the Garvey Group, for their sponsorship of this event because without them we wouldn’t be able to do it.”
Members of An Garda Síochána, Limerick FC, Garvey’s SuperValu and Centra, Limerick Youth Services and past participants of the Limerick Garda Divisional Youth Awards attended the launch of the Limerick Garda Divisional Youth Awards 2016. Picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick.
To recognise and celebrate these achievements, the Limerick Garda Divisional Youth Awards 2016 will be presented at a gala dinner in the Woodlands House Hotel on Thursday, November 24.All young people nominated for an award will receive a certificate recognising their nomination.
Superintendent Derek Smart was present to formally launch the Limerick Garda Divisional Youth Awards 2016 saying, “On behalf of the Limerick Garda Division I am delighted to acknowledge the great work that Garvey’s SuperValu have been doing with us the last three years. Standing shoulder to shoulder with us to acknowledge the great work the young people are making to our community, the involvement and to acknowledge how much we appreciate what they’re doing.
“It’s great that Limerick FC is on board this year and I welcome Fiona from Limerick Youth Services on board again this year. It’s fantastic working as a community with everybody involved with the children, that we get to acknowledge exactly how much of a contribution they make to our society which is very important. This is our third year, we hope that there will be many many more of them.”
As much information as possible should be supplied by nominators in respect of nominees and why you think they deserve an award. A co-nominator is required for each nominee.
The deadline for nominations if Friday, October 28, and application forms must be submitted to Juvenile Liaison Office, Mayorstone Garda Station, Limerick, or to your local Garda Station.
Chris O’Driscoll, Manager Garvey’s SuperValu mentioned the company sponsor the awards as a way to acknowledge the work young people do. making note of last year’s winner, Mr O’Driscoll said, “seeing the project Katie Whelan had– how the work one person could do impacts the community– Her project blew my mind, we believe the youth should be awarded for their work.”
“We have ten shops across Munster, and in every area, we have sponsored youth awards so we felt it was time we started supporting events around Limerick, so we wanted to get involved,” he added.
Further information can be acquired from the Juvenile Liaison Office Mayorstone Garda Station, Limerick at 061 456986. You can find application forms from your local Garda Station.
You can find more information on the Garda Division Youth Awards here.
You can read about the Limerick Garda Divisional Youth Awards 2015 here.
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