Lo­cal he­roes

The West Cork Garda Youth Awards cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of young peo­ple in the re­gion, writes Sean O’Rior­dan

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The West Cork Garda Youth Awards cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of young peo­ple in the re­gion.

THIS year all 118 young peo­ple who were nom­i­nated for a youth achieve­ment award will get a spe­cial cer­tifi­cate which they can proudly add to their CV.

The large num­ber of nom­i­na­tions made for the West Cork Garda Youth Awards demon­strates the con­tri­bu­tion be­ing made by young peo­ple to their com­mu­ni­ties and the tremen­dous work they do on the ground in the re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the judg­ing panel.

In­spec­tor Pat Meany, who is based at Ban­don Garda Sta­tion and was chair­man of the judg­ing com­mit­tee, said there was a very high stan­dard of nom­i­nees from across the en­tire re­gion: “We would also like to thank the mem­bers of the pub­lic who took the time to make the nom­i­na­tions and An Garda Síochána would like to pay tribute to Su­perValu for their spon­sor­ship of these awards for the past 22 years.”

Garda Damian White, spokesman for the youth awards, said it is im­por­tant to recog­nise that all the nom­i­nees will ben­e­fit, not just the many award win­ners: “All nom­i­nees will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate signed by their lo­cal su­per­in­ten­dent to high­light their nom­i­na­tion. Adding this to any CV will most def­i­nitely en­hance it.”

There were seven over­all win­ners; four dis­trict awards; five spe­cial achieve­ment awards; and two group achieve­ment awards handed out at the cer­e­mony last Fri­day night at the River­side Park Ho­tel, Mac­room.

There was also a spe­cial award given to a teacher for his years of help­ing young peo­ple.

OVER­ALL AWARDS: (Seven Win­ners) Jack O’ Sul­li­van, Al­li­hies, Beara (19):

Dur­ing his Tran­si­tion Year at Scoil Phobail Beara, Jack was part of a group called ‘Are You My Type’, which raised aware­ness of the is­sue of blood do­na­tion. They won a Na­tional Award at the Young So­cial In­no­va­tors scheme and the work done by this group led to a change in na­tional pol­icy from the Ir­ish Blood Trans­fu­sion Board.

Jack was also in­volved in a cam­paign to pro­mote pos­i­tive men­tal health in the com­mu­nity and as­sisted in the pub­li­ca­tion of a book 100 Years of

Hope, doc­u­ment­ing the re­silience of the peo­ple of the Beara penin­sula. He has also taken on ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at home, where he as­sists with the care of his two sib­lings with spe­cial needs. Jack does this with a will­ing heart and never com­plains about the task at hand. He al­ways puts other peo­ple first and him­self last.

Michael Keo­hane, Bal­ti­more (20):

A for­mer stu­dent of Saint Fachtna’s de la Salle sec­ond- ary school in Sk­ib­bereen. In tran­si­tion year he vol­un­teered to teach drama to adults from the COPE Foun­da­tion. He also worked with Ban­don YMCA, pro­duc­ing a film about the pos­i­tive role of young peo­ple in so­ci­ety. Michael es­tab­lished Sk­ibb Scenes, which pro­vides cinema fa­cil­i­ties and a so­cial out­let lo­cally, and he was also in­volved in set­ting up Sk­ibb Smiles, rais­ing aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues in the com­mu­nity.

He fundraised for the Aure­lia Trust, which aims to sup­port aban­doned chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble adults in Ro­ma­nia. Michael twice trav­elled to Ro­ma­nia to vol­un­teer with the trust. Michael was a joint win­ner of the Al­lIre­land Pramer­ica Spirit of Com­mu­nity Awards. He’s fundraised for a va­ri­ety of char­i­ties and has won the Ul­ti­mate Vol­un­teer at his col­lege, the Univer­sity of Roe­hamp­ton.

David Giles, Ban­don (17):

Chair­man of Newces­town Foróige, David is also on the Na­tional Ref­er­ence Panel, which rep­re­sents the 56,000 Foróige mem­bers in the coun­try. He chaired the com­mit­tee of the ‘Big Break­fast’ fundraiser, run by Newces­town Foróige, which raised €2,800 for lo­cal char­i­ties. David vol­un­teers with Saint Michael’s Cen­tre in Ban­don, work­ing with the el­derly and was re­cently an­nounced as a na­tional win­ner of the Ro­tary Youth Lead­er­ship Awards. A stu­dent of Hamilton High School, David was the in­sti­ga­tor of the Model United Na­tions in the school. He’s also part of the school’s men­tor­ing (Meitheal) pro­gramme, where he as­sists first year stu­dents to adapt to sec­ondary school. An ex­cel­lent role model, David has been stu­dent of the year for the past two years. He has also com­pleted mod­ules 1-3 of the Foróige ‘Lead­er­ship for Life’ pro­gramme in 2016 and 2017.

Elaine Na­gle, Rath­more, Co Kerry (16):

Elaine is an ac­tive mem­ber of the So­cial Ac­tion Group Rath­more. She has vis­ited the el­derly in her com­mu­nity and as­sists in car­ry­ing out chores and tasks for them. Elaine has been very in­volved in or­gan­is­ing par­ties and events for the el­derly and play­ing mu­sic to en­ter­tain at these events. She as­sisted in projects such as the pur­chase and de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal Pre­sen­ta­tion Con­vent, and sub­se­quent con­ver­sion to apart­ments for older peo­ple in her lo­cal­ity.

Elaine has com­pleted her bronze Gaisce Award and she also par­took in the Oc­to­ber Chal­lenge. This was a two-day walk­ing chal­lenge that has raised more than €10,000 over the past three years. As a stu­dent of Scoil Phobal Sli­abh Luachra, Elaine took part in the ‘Build a Bank’ project in Tran­si­tion Year.

Brigid O’Sul­li­van, Bal­ly­de­hob (17):

Brigid is cur­rently com­plet­ing her Lead­er­ship for Life pro­gramme with Foróige. She gave a Pow­erpoint pre­sen­ta­tion to sec­ond-year stu­dents of Sk­ib­bereen Com­mu­nity School and is now a McAfee Safety Am­bas­sador. As a mem­ber of Comhairle na nÓg from 2015 – 2017, Brigid at­tended nu­mer­ous meet­ings of the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive, and has been in­volved in the na­tion­wide ‘Let’s Go’ men­tal health cam­paign.

She rep­re­sented Cork City Comhairle at a youth men­tal health con­sul­ta­tion with Min­is­ter He­len McEn­tee. Brigid also took part in Brexit Con­sul­ta­tion in Croke Park and

spoke to the Oireach­tas ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee re­cently. She has ad­dressed the Unicef con­fer­ence in Ger­many on be­half of chil­dren world­wide, where she was part of a panel on cli­mate change, and chil­dren’s rights. Brigid also rep­re­sented Sk­ib­bereen Com­mu­nity School at a Euro­pean Youth Par­lia­ment event in Cork City.

Maeve O’Sul­li­van, Ross­car­bery (18):

Maeve vol­un­teered as a helper on the Lour­des pil­grim­age, where she looked af­ter peo­ple with spe­cial and ad­di­tional needs. Her ci­ta­tion said she has an out­stand­ing, car­ing na­ture and she has given freely of her time to vol­un­teer with CoAc­tion on their Satur­day Club, car­ing for chil­dren from six to 16.

Maeve has helped with the Surf 2 Heal for chil­dren with autism, and she has acted as a stew­ard for the SCAR adventure race. She’s also been in­volved in fundrais­ing for Edel House in Cork, Peru mud­slide vic­tims and the Daf­fodil Day for the Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety.

Maeve ran the Cork City Marathon to raise funds for lo­cal char­i­ties and was in­volved in the Tran­si­tion Year project ‘Build a Bank’, in Mount Saint Michael School in Ross­car­bery. She has achieved her bronze Gaisce medal, and is chair­woman of the stu­dent coun­cil.

Conor O’Neill, Bal­ti­more (16):

Conor is a stu­dent at Sk­ib­bereen Com­mu­nity School and was in­volved in the re­cent fundrais­ing fash­ion show. He vol­un­teers with the Saint Vin­cent de Paul in his lo­cal com­mu­nity and has given gen­er­ously of his time to fundraise for projects in his school and lo­cal area.

Conor has vol­un­teered with the lo­cal Rath Na­tional School in the sum­mer and he has an ex­cel­lent man­ner with the younger chil­dren.

He goes out of his way to help oth­ers around him, al­ways keep­ing an eye out for the vul­ner­a­ble or those in need. His ci­ta­tion said Conor has a fan­tas­tic at­ti­tude to life and he bright­ens the lives of those around him.

He is a very ac­com­plished soc­cer player and he has played rugby for Mun­ster at un­der­age level. Conor al­ways has the glass-half-full ap­proach to life and mo­ti­vates those in his com­pany.

DIS­TRICT AWARDS BAN­DON DIS­TRICT

Lucy Gil­martin, Ban­don (16):

Lucy has been in­volved with the Ban­don Scout Group for the past 10 years. She re­cently com­pleted the Crean Chal­lenge, which is an ex­treme hike in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures in Ice­land across 25km, and an overnight stay in an ice hut.

She was se­lected as one of only 20 scouts from Ire­land and trained for six months for the chal­lenge. Lucy has re­cently been ap­pointed as se­nior pa­trol leader and she has also com­pleted the Ven­ture Chal­lenge this year. This in­volved a tough ex­pe­di­tion, com­plet­ing a 100km hike over five days. She has vol­un­teered to work with a lo­cal char­ity shop in Ban­don.

A pupil of Co­laiste na Toirb­hirte in Ban­don, Lucy has rep­re­sented her school in the Ban­don Ro­tary Com­pe­ti­tion. She also as­sisted with the clean-up op­er­a­tion af­ter the floods in Ban­don.

BANTRY DIS­TRICT Padraig Reidy, Goleen (19):

Padraig has been in­volved in a wide va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity, vol­un­tary and sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions in his lo­cal area. He’s a mem­ber of Goleen Foróige, where he has dis­played great lead­er­ship skills, where he has earned the re­spect of his peers and been an ex­cel­lent role model for oth­ers. Padraig has also vol­un­teered in as­sist­ing the Goleen & Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Coun­cil with their lo­cal events. In Tran­si­tion Year at Schull Com­mu­nity Col­lege, he was in­volved with Friends of the El­derly and he was awarded the Marie Hamilton Schol­ar­ship in his school in 2017. Padraig was awarded the Schull & Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Alert per­son of the year — a tes­ta­ment to his en­deav­ours. He has as­sisted the Jerry Carey Walk Com­mit­tee, as they raise funds for lo­cal char­i­ties and he coaches the lo­cal Mi­nor foot­ball team, act­ing as a mentor to the youth.

CLON­AKILTY DIS­TRICT Ka­rina Lav­ery, Clon­akilty (17):

Ka­rina is a mem­ber of Clon­akilty Foróige and as part of her club ac­tiv­i­ties she be­gan to vol­un­teer at Saint Fachtna’s Club sev­eral years ago. Saint Fachtna’s holds a weekly so­cial night for the el­derly of Clon­akilty and sur­round­ing ar­eas. Around 70 peo­ple at­tend each week to en­joy bingo, mu­sic, dance, and re­fresh­ments. Ka­rina has never shied away from work, or get­ting stuck in, build­ing up a strong bond with the com­mit­tee, the el­derly, and the other vol­un­teers. She in­ter­acts in a won­der­ful way with ev­ery­one, and brings a warm at­ti­tude to the club ev­ery week.

Ka­rina has com­pleted the Foróige Lead­er­ship for Life pro­gramme, and is in her sec­ond year of be­com­ing a leader in her Foróige club. She is also vice-trea­surer of Clon­akilty Youth Cen­tre and ac­tively in­volved in fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Most re­cently they or­gan­ised a Tommy Flem­ing con­cert in the lo­cal par­ish church and it was a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

MAC­ROOM DIS­TRICT Qiqa Maqubela, Mill­street (17):

Qiqa has been liv­ing in Mill­street since 2013. His ci­ta­tion de­scribes him as “hav­ing a ra­di­ant and bub­bly per­son­al­ity and is al­ways will­ing to help”. He at­tends Mill­street Sec­ondary School, where he has set­tled in very well. Qiqa is very pop­u­lar amongst his peers in school and he is an ac­com­plished soc­cer player, and a tal­ented mu­si­cian. He takes a lead­ing role in or­gan­is­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for oth­ers in the Mill­street Ac­com­mo­da­tion Cen­tre, and he in­ter­acts very well with the younger chil­dren. He is al­ways watch­ing out for the el­derly in the com­mu­nity if they re­quire as­sis­tance and never seeks the lime­light or praise for his ac­tions. The younger chil­dren look up to Qiqa, see­ing him as an ef­fec­tive role model in life. Qiqa is al­ways in good hu­mour, and his ci­ta­tion pointed out he ‘is a great ex­am­ple of see­ing the pos­i­tives in life.’

GROUP AWARD: (Two Win­ners) Saint Bro­gan’s Col­lege Cer­ti­fied Ir­ish An­gus Beef Group:

Mark Shorten, En­niskeane (17), and Conor Le­hane, Ti­moleague (18): Mark and Conor are both sixth-year stu­dents at Saint Bro­gan’s Col­lege in Ban­don. In Tran­si­tion Year, they en­tered the BT Young Sci­en­tist Awards, and their project “Test­ing for Trichloromethane in Milk”, won a highly com­mended award. Last year they en­tered the Cer­ti­fied

Ir­ish An­gus Beef schools’ com­pe­ti­tion, where they won five An­gus calves to rear un­til slaugh­ter. They held a very suc­cess­ful An­gus Beef Night in a lo­cal venue, with 90 lo­cal peo­ple from the busi­ness and farm­ing com­mu­nity in at­ten­dance. The event raised €1,600, which Mark and Conor do­nated to Can­cer Con­nect. They have in­vited sev­eral classes from their school to the farm to see the calves be­ing reared and to show them what farm life is all about.

The calves have now been slaugh­tered; they have paid their bills; and Conor and Mark have de­cided to do­nate €500 to West Cork Rapid Re­sponse and €500 to Saint Bro­gan’s Col­lege, to sup­port stu­dents who may need in­ter­ven­tion out­side the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, such as men­tal health sup­ports, and coun­selling.

Their ci­ta­tion stated they have a great re­spon­si­bil­ity and a car­ing side, giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in help­ing oth­ers.

Clon­akilty Com­mu­nity Col­lege West Cork Youth Men­tal Health Group:

Szebi Du­das, James Cal­nan, Alan Phair, Keith Kelly, James Fur­long. All five of these stu­dents were in­volved in or­gan­is­ing the 6th West Cork Youth Men­tal Health Day in Dun­man­way last March. Plan­ning for the event be­gan five months be­fore­hand as 15 West Cork schools are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the event. In or­der for it to be suc­cess­ful a lot of plan­ning and ef­fort were re­quired. The group pro­moted the event through art­work, posters, and con­tact­ing other sec­ondary schools via email. They at­tended plan­ning meet­ings, shar­ing ideas and brain­storm­ing. Szebi opened pro­ceed­ings on the day, in front of 150 stu­dents, a daunt­ing task which he car­ried off with con­fi­dence.

He out­lined the struc­ture and theme of the day — “It’s OK not to feel OK”. The group as­sisted in run­ning the en­tire event, wel­com­ing schools, di­vid­ing the stu­dents into groups, set­ting up work­shops, tak­ing photos and as­sist­ing speak­ers and fa­cil­i­ta­tors in nec­es­sary tasks. They also cleaned up the hall af­ter all the schools had de­parted. This group showed com­mit­ment and pas­sion, and they recog­nised the rel­e­vance and im­por­tance of show­ing that sup­port is there. The mes­sage to the youth of West Cork that it is vi­tal to speak up, and reach out for sup­port.

SPE­CIAL ACHIEVE­MENT AWARD: (Five Win­ners) Daisy Garde, Ban­don, (17):

has a con­di­tion called Eh­lers Dan­los syn­drome (EDS), which is a con­nec­tive tis­sue dis­or­der. This means that she fre­quently dis­lo­cates her joints, is in chronic pain and fa­tigue and has a re­duced lung ca­pac­ity which makes ev­ery­day tasks dif­fi­cult for her. De­spite this Daisy is an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ban­don Scout Group.

She has un­der­gone first aid train­ing with the scouts, with the train­ing pro­vided by the Ir­ish Red Cross. Daisy un­der­went a CPR course sev­eral years ago, but lit­tle did she re­alise how im­por­tant these skills would prove to be. On Oc­to­ber 30, 2017, Daisy’s mother, Aoife, col­lapsed at home and stopped breath­ing. Daisy rang 999 and was in­structed to be­gin CPR, which she did, it was 21 min­utes be­fore the am­bu­lance ar­rived at the scene. Her mother is re­cov­er­ing well at home, but if it were not for Daisy’s quick think­ing and knowl­edge­able re­ac­tions the out­come could have been very dif­fer­ent.

Rachel Hur­ley, Kin­sale (18):

Rachel has been a long-term mem­ber of the Kin­sale Youth Project and she has grown up fac­ing ad­ver­sity and made pos­i­tive per­sonal changes that have seen her de­velop into a warm, car­ing mem­ber of her lo­cal com­mu­nity. She faced some very dif­fi­cult per­sonal chal­lenges, but she showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion in fac­ing these is­sues and took steps to deal with these mat­ters.

Rachel is an in­valu­able sup­port at home to her mother and is a val­ued vol­un­teer at the Kin­sale Com­mu­nity Youth Café. She wanted to give some­thing back, and this was a means for her to achieve this. She vol­un­teers at the café sev­eral days a week, or­gan­is­ing events. But her true ben­e­fit is her abil­ity to con­nect with peo­ple, spend­ing time with them and pro­vid­ing a safe space for young peo­ple lo­cally.

Rachel is study­ing Youth and Com­mu­nity Work and is highly mo­ti­vated in her stud­ies. She also vol­un­teers with the Ban­don Jus­tice Project. Her ci­ta­tion said Rachel has been an in­valu­able sup­port to her fam­ily in times of hard­ship and wishes to help other young peo­ple through her ex­pe­ri­ences.

Steven Bradley, Clon­dro­hid (18):

Steven was born with hemi­ple­gia, a con­di­tion that af­fects the left side of his body. De­spite this, he has faced his ad­ver­sity with courage, de­ter­mi­na­tion, and grace. Steven has par­tic­i­pated in the Tem­ple­more Games, as part of the Rebel Wheel­ers Club, where he came sec­ond in both the javelin and dis­cus events. He has as­sisted in Camp Abil­i­ties, a camp for the vis­ually im­paired. Here, Steven as­sists and vol­un­teers to set up ac­tiv­i­ties for those with eye­sight prob­lems. He has qual­i­fied for the Ir­ish Wheel­chair Sport in the 400m, 800m, javelin and dis­cus events. A stu­dent of De La Salle Col­lege, Mac­room, he in­spires his fel­low stu­dents and teach­ing staff alike. Steven is a re­mark­able young man who demon­strates the value of be­ing pos­i­tive, upbeat and good hu­moured. He is aware that his con­di­tion af­fects him on a daily ba­sis, but he re­fuses to be de­fined by it.

Lisa Hur­ley, Ban­don (20):

Lisa was a mem­ber of the Ban­don Youth project for nearly 10 years, where she made an enor­mous im­pact on her peers. She is al­ways ready to help oth­ers and Lisa has a great per­son­al­ity, with a kind heart. She has vol­un­teered to work with the el­derly in her com­mu­nity and as­sisted with lo­cal fam­ily fun days and clean-up events. Lisa also took part in the Foróige ‘Cit­i­zen­ship Pro­gramme’, where she used her tal­ents to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in the world around her. One par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent stands out where Lisa made a real im­pact. She was work­ing in a shop in Ban­don when she no­ticed that a cus­tomer ap­peared un­well. Lisa ob­served that the lady’s face ap­peared fallen on one side, her speech was slightly slurred, and she strug­gled with her shop­ping. Af­ter deal­ing with another cus­tomer, Lisa ran out of the shop in a bid to track down this lady, who had dis­ap­peared from view. She was able to alert the lady’s fam­ily and they lo­cated the lady, who was then taken to the doc­tor. The doc­tor con­firmed that this lady had suf­fered a stroke and she was taken to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. Only for Lisa’s in­ter­ven­tion, this sit­u­a­tion could have had a tragic end­ing. Her quick think­ing and com­mu­nity spirit def­i­nitely made a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence.

Orla Scan­lon, Kin­sale (20):

Orla is a past pupil of Kin­sale Com­mu­nity School and was very highly re­garded by all in her time there. She was a

val­ued mem­ber of the school com­mu­nity, and very ded­i­cated to her fam­ily and friends, al­ways pre­pared to help and sup­port oth­ers. Orla has been in­volved in or­gan­is­ing the Pink Rib­bon Walk in Kin­sale and has fundraised for other char­i­ties, es­pe­cially Cere­bral Palsy.

Orla or­gan­ised a Flash Mob to pro­mote pos­i­tive men­tal health, and cre­ate aware­ness to sup­port Kin­sale Youth Sup­port Ser­vices (KYSS). Orla has faced many chal­lenges in her own life, in­clud­ing be­ing di­ag­nosed with Crohn’s dis­ease. But she has faced these with re­silience and courage.

Orla is a mem­ber of Cork South Civil De­fence, where her de­ter­mi­na­tion to learn cre­ates a re­ally pos­i­tive spark amongst those around her. Her ci­ta­tion said Orla’s can-do at­ti­tude is re­fresh­ing to behold, and her good na­ture is in­fec­tious. It said she is an in­spi­ra­tion to all, and she has dis­played out­stand­ing qual­i­ties as she con­trib­utes to the com­mu­nity around her.

OUT­STAND­ING CON­TRI­BU­TION TO YOUTH AWARD JJ McLaugh­lin, Castle­town­bere:

JJ has made a life­time con­tri­bu­tion to young peo­ple in the Beara penin­sula. Through­out his teach­ing ca­reer at Scoil Phobail Bheara, he al­ways cham­pi­oned the un­der­dog, or those less for­tu­nate in the com­mu­nity. He was al­ways avail­able for ad­vice, and very ap­proach­able.

Out­side of his work, JJ im­mersed him­self in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and has been ac­tively in­volved with Saint Vin­cent de Paul lo­cally, where he vol­un­teers in their char­ity shop. Through this com­mu­nity work, he chal­lenges the bar­ri­ers that ex­ist that pre­vent some young peo­ple from ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in their school or com­mu­nity life.

JJ re­tired from the school in 2011, but still gives his time to ac­com­pany stu­dents on trips, or com­pe­ti­tions and he plays an in­te­gral part in the Tran­si­tion Year pro­gramme in the school. Only last May, he or­gan­ised for the stu­dents to at­tend at Dáil Éire­ann, Google head­quar­ters, the Crim­i­nal Courts of Jus­tice, and the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

JJ’s ded­i­ca­tion knows no lim­its and he has been the Pres­i­dent’s Award Leader (Gaisce) in Beara for 40 years. He is also an ac­tive mem­ber of his lo­cal GAA club, as well as the Red Cross De­fib­ril­la­tor group. His ci­ta­tion said his on­go­ing ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to the youth of Beara ‘is a true tes­ta­ment to his con­tri­bu­tion to youth’.

Pic­tures: Ed­die O’Hare

Over­all award win­ners in front Conor O’Neill (left) and Michael Keo­hane, both from Bal­ti­more, with back from left, Elaine Na­gle, Rath­more; Jack O’Sul­li­van, Beara; Brigid O’Sul­li­van, Bal­ly­de­hob, David Giles, Ban­don and Maeve O’Sul­li­van, Ross­car­bery in the West Cork Garda Youth Awards 2017 at the River­side Park Ho­tel, Mac­room.

James O’Ma­hony (left) and Don Davis who both acted as MCs.

Conor O’Neill, Bal­ti­more, with his mother Maura O’Neill, who won a dis­trict award in 1997.

Chief Supt Con Cado­gan presents a spe­cial achieve­ment award to Daisy Garde, Ban­don .

Group award win­ners Mark Shorten and Conor Le­hane Cer­ti­fied Ir­ish An­gus Beef group (En­niskeane and Ti­moleague).

Qiqa Maqubella (Mill­street), dis­trict win­ner for Mac­room.

Padraig Reidy (Goleen), dis­trict award win­ner for Bantry.

Ka­rina Lav­ery (Clon­akilty), dis­trict win­ner for Clon­akilty.

Maeve O’Sul­li­van, Ross­car­bery, one of over­all award win­ners.

Chief Supt Con Cado­gan presents a spe­cial achieve­ment award to Lisa Hur­ley, Ban­don.

Brigid O’Sul­li­van, Bal­ly­de­hob, one of over­all award win­ners.

.J.J McLaugh­lin, Beara , win­ner of the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to youth award.

LEFT: Group award win­ners West Cork Youth Men­tal Health group (Clon­akilty), Nola Dubuis­son, James Fur­long, Keith Kelly, Alan Phayer, Aideen But­ler, Sze­basz­tian Du­das and James Cal­nan.

ABOVE: Anne Marie McMa­hon. as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner, presents Elaine Na­gle, Rath­more, with one of over­all award win­ners prizes.

Jack O’Sul­li­van, Beara, who was one of over­all award win­ners.

Spe­cial achieve­ment award win­ner Rachel Hur­ley from Kin­sale.

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