West Cork gardaí honour young people’s achievements.
Aman who has dedicated his life to volunteering was one of a number of people recognised for their achievements and contributions to their local communities in the 23rd Annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards.
The awards were held in the Beara Coast Hotel in Castletownbere last Friday night, and saw a special Outstanding Contribution to Youth Award presented to John Joe Lyons, from Clonakilty.
John Joe joined the Irish Red Cross in 1982, chaired the Clonakilty branch for 15 years, and has been Cork Area vice-chairman for nine years.
In his 13-year stint as Cork Area Director of Units, he has ensured that volunteers of all ages from 10-year-olds to adults are trained in first aid right up to emergency medical technicians who are of paramedic standards.
On top of this, John Joe played a major role in deploying Cork Area Red Cross volunteers in various storms and severe weather conditions since 2004, taking on a key position during Storms Ophelia and Emma last year.
“John Joe oversees the biggest area in the country and he travels the length and breadth of County Cork encouraging young people to join the Red Cross,” the citation for his award read.
“He sees to it that the new recruits are fully trained and are thus ready to go into the community as confident, competent and skilful volunteers,” it said.
John Joe’s community work also involves his support for A Voice for Young People, the youth camp held every August bank holiday weekend and Youth Leadership training, as well as the Clonakilty St Vincent de Paul, which he joined in 1973 and has served as vice-president and secretary over the years.
Last year, he had been honoured as the 2017 Irish Red Cross Volunteer of The Year
Others to receive recogni- tion included Eoghan Barry, from Skibbereen who — despite being born with an upper limb deficiency — has competed in the men’s J15 category at the 2018 Irish Rowing championships, and has also proven himself to be an able cox for Skibbereen Rowing Club.
Cathal Ryan from Ballinhassig, who suffered a birth injury which left him with some impairment to his left arm and also suffers from Scoliosis was also awarded.
He has won Gold in the 100 metres in the IWAS world games hosted by Ireland this year, as well as Silver in the Javelin and the 400 metres.
He is a member of the West Muskerry Athletic Club and in involved in the Rebel Wheelers Sports Club.
A total of 19 awards were handed out on the night.
Overall Winners: Moira Barrett
Bandon District Award: Cathy Hynes
Bantry District Award: Leah Pyburn
Clonakilty District Award: Natasha Sutton
Macroom District Winner: Cathal Bradley
Group Award: Students from Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway
Group Award: Tommi Shanley and Sinéad Mears of Surf 2 Heal Inchydoney
Special Achievement: Eoghan Barry
Special Achievement: Siofra Nee
Special Achievement: Cathal Ryan
Special Achievement: Sam Tietjen
Community Safety Award: Shona O’Sullivan and Mary Collins
Outstanding Contribution to Youth Award:
John Joe Lyons.
Cathal Ryan, Ballinhassig, receiving his special achiefement award from Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan, Bandon with Insp. Pat Meany at the 23rd annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards at the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere, Co Cork.
Eoghan Barry, Skibbereen Rowing Club a special achievement award winner pictured with his family and friends at the 23rd annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards.
Bantry Juvenile Liaison Officer Don Davis, Bnadon Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan, Alice de la Cour of the Irish Examiner (media partners), , Kinsale Lions president Gerry O’Dwyer, Kinsale Juvenile Liaison Officer James O’Mahony,and Dr Micheál Hynes, Kinsale.
Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan, Bandon presenting John Joe Lyons with the outstanding contribution to youth awardat the 23rd annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards.