NOMINATIONS are being sought for the second annual Limerick Garda Youth Awards, with just over a month to go to the deadline for receipt of entries.
The awards, which were launched by Chief Superintendent David Sheahan, aim to honour teenagers, aged between 14 and 19, who have made a significant contribution to the community in which they live.
Awards will be presented to nominees from each of the four garda districts in the division - Limerick city north, Limerick city south, Newcastle West and Bruff. There will also be a special achievement award .
“It never ceases to amaze me what youth can do in our community. Our aim now is to make sure that there is no young person out there, who has done something extraordinary, who goes unrecognised. We’re asking to get the message out there to all the Limerick communities in the city and the county, that we are looking for nominations,” said Chief Supt Sheahan at the launch, which was hosted by Limerick Youth Service.
“I think these awards are definitely a positive thing for Limerick. I feel that it is always positive when there is focus on youth-based organisations and youth groups,” said Andy Yu, member of the Limerick Youth Service’s ‘Express Yourself’ programme.
Garda Niamh Briggs, who is captain of the Irish Women’s rugby team, says the awards bring a sense of positivity to Limerick and its youth.
“I think it’s great that we get to reward young people for good behaviour and for something really cool that they’ve done. This year, we’re hoping to get more groups involved and to just keep on expanding.” she said.
The awards, which are sponsored by Garvey’s Centra and Supervalu, will be presented at a gala event at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare on November 26, next.
Nomination forms can be obtained from any garda station in Limerick and can also be downloaded from the garda website or from www.garveygroup.ie.
The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday, October 30.