National Garda Youth Awards Winners 2022

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Communities came together to celebrate the contributions of young people, both individually and as part of groups, for the National Garda Youth Awards 2022.

Twenty-three awards were presented on the night, with the awards taking place in the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise and acknowledged the contributions made in a number of Garda Divisions which included Dublin, Wicklow, Kerry, Cork, Wexford, Sligo/Leitrim, Mayo/Roscommon, Longford, Kildare, Tipperary and Donegal.

Deputy Garda Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon presents Ava McKenna. Ava makes a considerable voluntary contribution through her work with @CopeFoundation and the Ability@Work service which helps those with intellectual disabilities in employment. Photograph: An Garda Siochánan

This year’s awards were presented by Deputy Commissioner, Anne Marie McMahon and Assistant Commissioner, Roads Policing and Community Engagement, Paula Hilman.

Deputy Garda Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon presents a group award to The LEAD Group – seven young people from minority, ethnic backgrounds and who live in Blanchardstown and Balbriggan. They have been awarded our Group Award for their advocacy in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion. Photograph: An Garda Siochánan

Speaking on the day, Deputy Commissioner, Ann Marie McMahon reflected “Today is a special occasion which shines a light on the inspiring and dedicated young people within our communities.

It is important that we celebrate and acknowledge the contributions they have made. We hope today’s awards will bring encouragement and confidence to these talented young people and allow for further growth in their futures.”

The National Garda Youth Awards were established by Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris in recognition of the meaningful work of so many young people in communities all across Ireland.

Deputy Garda Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon presents the first Group Awards to Maria and Afaf Syed – two of four young women that care weekly for the homeless in Dublin. Providing food and essentials while tackling period poverty among homeless women – their contribution deserves our recognition. Photograph: An Garda Siochánan

National Garda Youth Recipients

Community Safety Award

St Colman’s Transition Year Students 2020 – 2022 (Cork North)
Alan McCarron and Cormac Brady (Donegal)

Special Achievement Award

Gráinne Norton – (DMR North)
Valeriia and Adriana Golub (Wexford)
Darragh Kelleher (Cork West)
Amy Keogh (Sligo/Leitrim)
Jamie Hannon (Mayo)
Geraldine Maughan (Roscommon/Longford)

Group Award

Maria Syed, Afaf Syed, Hafsah Syed, Zahra Syed (DMR East)
Wexford Comhairle na nÓg (Wexford)
The LEAD Group (DMR West)
The Ukranian Support Group, Athy College (Kildare)
Traveller Girls Film Project (Cork West)
Cork City Comhairle na nÓg (Cork City)

Individual Award

Alexandra Khrystych (DMR North Central)
Eeman Fatima (DMR West)
Laura Devereux (Wicklow)
Patrick Clifford (Kerry)
Ava McKenna (Cork North) 
Wiktor Owczarek (Cork City)

Special Recognition Award 

Jamie Buckley (Cork City)
Saoirse Kelly (Tipperary)
Josh Marley (Donegal)

Feature Image: Deputy Garda Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon presents Eeman Fatima with her individual award due to her considerable charity work and contribution to her community in Blanchardstown. Eeman Fatima epitomises the spirit of our National Youth Awards. Photograph: An Garda Siochánan

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