The head of the Limerick garda division has praised the contribution that young people are making within their local communities.
Chief Superintendent David Sheahan made his comments as a group of inspirational teenagers were honoured at the inaugural Limerick Garda Youth Awards.
Sponsored by the Garveys Group, the awards aim to honour young people, who have made a significant contribution to their local community .
“Young people today are under a different type of pressure, they live very public lives with social media and everything else and I think it’s fantastic when you get a chance to recognise young people’s achievements and what they do,” said Jim Garvey, finance director with the Garvey group,
Dean Phillips (19) from Ballinacurra Weston received an award for his efforts in turning his life around having been at the wrong side of the law when he was younger.
“I’ve changed an awful lot, it’s not worth it, there’s an awful lot more to life than going down the wrong road,” he said.
Grainne Cronin (18), Anglesboro, received an award for her contribution to the Drive To Survive campaign, which raised more than €140,000 for the hospice movement. As part of the week-long campaign, Grainne travelled to every county in Ireland. “It was to raise money for all the hospices and whatever we collected in a county went to the hospice of the county so my part in it was I played the bagpipes and I played them in every town just to get people out,” she explained.
Shane Dundon (18), Thomondgate, was nominated by his school principal for the positive attitude he bestows on others despite being confined to a wheelchair.
“I don’t look at the bad things about it, I look at the positives about it and I use it to push myself on to help others as well. I don’t look at the negatives, I look at the positives because there is a lot of positives, I’ve met a lot of people and I’ve developed myself as a person and I wouldn’t be Shane Dundon without it so it’s just the way it is and it’s just life,” he said.
Chief Supt Sheahan said each of the awards recipients were an example of “the enormous young talent” that exists within the Limerick garda division.