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County’s finest young people step out for Clare Garda Divisional Youth Awards

The Clare Garda Divisional Awards can be hugely formative for the lives of recipients, Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes said at last weekend’s third annual event.

Speaking as six teenage individuals and two groups received their Shannon Airport sponsored awards in front of 300 guests Treacy’s West County Conference & Leisure Hotel in Ennis, the Shannon Group Chairman said that the awards had shed a light on the caring and civic nature of these young people.

“The award winners may not today realise it but awards like these differentiate them from other young people.  But, down the line, when you apply for a job or for further education, an award like this could be the stand-out piece that makes a statement about this young person.  It says that this person goes the extra mile. It says that this person is authentic, that he or she has leadership potential, character; that this person has taken on the biggest challenge possible and is self-motivated. Above all else, it says that this person is an achiever.”

She continued:  “Too often in life – we underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. The award winners tonight get this.  We all need help sometimes, help with accepting and managing change in our lives. Things happen and we need a helping hand or just someone to care.  The contestants and award winners tonight have figured that out.”

The awards recognise outstanding young people for leadership in their community and for overcoming challenges.

Guest speaker at the event, Spanish Point mountaineer John Burke said that the winners had given great example to others.  “We all need wins in our lives, events or achievements that tell us we have an inner strength that can enable us go beyond where perhaps we might not have thought we can go.  All of tonight’s winners have shown that.  You will not forget this night and whatever it is that you have achieved, it will stand the test of time.”

Said Chief Superintendent John Kerin of the Clare Garda Division:  “We are three years now into these awards and this year we have been reminded of the outstanding caliber of young people there is in our county today.  We congratulate all on their achievements and I have no doubt but this is not the last we have seen of all of you as community leaders.”

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