Inaugural Mayo Garda Youth Awards launched

Pictured at the launch of the Mayo Garda Youth Awards which are being sponsored by Supervalu were: Front: Gda Shane O'Boyle, Richard Lennon (Supervalu regional manager), Gda Audrey Garvey. Back: Sgt Tony Lavery, Supt Joe Doherty, Insp Mandy Gaynor, John Moloney (store owner Supervalu Ballina), Sgt Sean McHale, Gda Fiona Farrell and Bryan Moloney (Supervalu Ballina).

Pictured at the launch of the Mayo Garda Youth Awards which are being sponsored by Supervalu were: Front: Gda Shane O'Boyle, Richard Lennon (Supervalu regional manager), Gda Audrey Garvey. Back: Sgt Tony Lavery, Supt Joe Doherty, Insp Mandy Gaynor, John Moloney (store owner Supervalu Ballina), Sgt Sean McHale, Gda Fiona Farrell and Bryan Moloney (Supervalu Ballina).

An Garda Síochána in Mayo have recently launched the inaugural Mayo Garda Youth Awards, held in association with SuperValu.

The awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years who through their good work make a difference in their community.

The nomination process is open to everyone, so if you know of a young person who is committed to making a difference in his or her community, go ahead and nominate them and every nomination will receive recognition.

There are four separate categories: (1 ) Individual Award: For a young person making a positive contribution to the community, helping it become a better place to live, (2 ) Group Award: For two or more young people making a positive contribution to their community, helping it become a better place to live, (3 ) Special Achievement Award: For a young person who overcomes difficult circumstances, defies all odds, and whose commitment deserves recognition and (4 ) Community Safety Award: For a young person who, through crime prevention or a safety initiative/innovation, makes the community a safer place to live.

Nomination forms are now available from SuperValu stores throughout Mayo, Garda stations in Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris and Westport, Community Gardaí in each local garda district, and online at www.garda.ie

Launching the awards, Inspector Mandy Gaynor, chairperson of the organising committee, said: “We wish to recognise the sacrifices and contributions made by young people as they enhance their community at a local level, making them a better place to live.”

The closing date for nominations is next Friday, January 25. The Mayo Garda Youth Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 23 in the Great National Hotel in Ballina, while the national awards will be held on the night of Saturday, April 27 next. Nomination forms can be submitted to Inspector Mandy Gaynor, Ballina Garda Station or emailed to [email protected].

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