Henry Shefflin and Evanne Ni Chuilinn at the launch
Online nominations are now open for the 2019 Carlow/Kilkenny Garda Division Youth Awards.
The Kilkenny/Carlow Division launched its inaugural Divisional Garda Youth Awards in Carlow recently to celebrate "ordinary young people doing extraordinary things".
The awards are open to any outstanding young individuals in the Kilkenny/Carlow area who by their presence make their community a better place to live or have shown determination in their own lives.
All nominees or group members should be between the ages of 13 and 21.
There are four categories:
Individual Award – Any young person who has made a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live.
Group Award - Any group of two or more young people who have contributed positively to their community.
Special Achievement Award - Any young person who has defied the odds or overcome difficult circumstances.
Community Safety Award - any young person or group who have made their community a safer place to live through a crime prevention or safety initiative/innovation.
The judging panel will decide on one nominee from each category to go through to National Garda Youth Awards.
The awards celebrate outstanding individuals between the age of 13 and 21 years and will reward young people who - by their presence - make their communities a better place to live or have shown great determination in their own lives.
Hard copies of the nomination forms are available at Thomastown, Carlow and Kilkenny Garda Stations and forms must be returned by post or by hand by May 31 of this year.
Forms can be given to Garda Elaine Rowe, Juvenile Liason Officer at Carlow Garda Station and she can be contacted on: 059 913 1505.
Gardaí will be attending schools and encouraging people to apply through the online nomination forms.