Inspiring stories at the Wexford Garda Youth Awards
Some of Co Wexford's most inspiring young people gathered at Wexford County Council's headquarters on Friday night for the third annual Wexford Garda Youth Awards.
The annual awards ceremony was conceived with the idea of rewarding young people who make an outstanding contribution to their local community and this year a total of 22 awards were handed out. There was a wonderful atmosphere at County Hall as youngsters of all ages and backgrounds were presented with their awards by senior gardaí and council officials. The awards were open to youngsters aged from 11 to 21 and there were some really inspiring stories heard on the night.
'It was hugely successful,' said Garda Inspector Denis Whelan. 'There were over 250 people there on the night and there was a great atmosphere. This is the third year, and it seems to be getting bigger and better each time. From our point of view, we're extremely grateful to Ger Mackey and his team at Wexford County Council, as well as Alan Corcoran who did a great job as MC.'
'There were some very inspirational young people there on the night who've made significant contributions in areas such as mental health and bullying to community groups like the Order of Malta and caring for those with illnesses.'
With the level of competition incredibly high, the overall winners this year and going on to represent Wexford at the National Garda Youth Awards are the students of Good Counsel College in New Ross. The students undertook some major fundraising for needy children in Chernobyl and even travelled to the Ukraine to areas affected by the worst nuclear disaster in recent memory, volunteering in an orphanage there.
Inspector Whelan said that the group did some amazing work and will be fantastic representatives for Wexford as they go forward to the National Awards which take place later this month.