Com­mu­nity spirit

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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.

2018 Awards

Over­all Win­ners: Moira Bar­rett

Ais­ling Fitzger­ald

David Lucey

Mike Mad­den

James Power

John Walsh

Alee­sha Wi­et­gardt

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.

All pic­tures: Dan Line­han

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.

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