Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan, Divisional Officer for Cork West Division, paid tribute to the award winners, saying that it was heartening to see so many young people involving themselves in activities within their local communities. He also stressed the importance of the spirit of volunteerism in general, and he commended the positive input created by those who give freely of their time, and that An Garda Siochana was delighted to be in a position to honour the Award winners. He also said that the Award winner’s dedication and commitment to their communities, be that local, national, or international was uplifting to witness.
Ken Leonard from O’ Leary’s SuperValu in Macroom spoke on behalf of the SuperValu retailers who sponsor the Awards. He paid tribute to all the award winners and the outstanding contribution they had made. He noted how encouraging it was to see the Award winners value community, and how reassuring it was to observe that they were investing their time to enrich their community. He also said he was proud to speak on behalf of the SuperValu Retailers who had generously sponsored this event for 2 decades which is a real endorsement of SuperValu’s commitment to supporting local and building vibrant communities.
Inspector Pat Meany, Chairman of the Organising Committee lauded the achievements of the Award winners, and commented that their success was also testament to the support and encouragement that they receive from their parents, families, teachers, and volunteers in the community. He stated that the task of the Judging Committee was a difficult one, given the standard of nominations received.
All three speakers also expressed their thanks to the Irish Examiner, who are proud media partners for this worthwhile community event. They recognised that this media partnership has led to an increased profile for the event, and has further enhanced its reputation.
A total of 19 Awards were presented, and the mood was uplifting, as the dedication and excellence of the award winners was celebrated. Garda Damian White, Community Garda at Bandon Garda Station, who is PRO for the event, also highlighted that 118 nominations were received for the Awards this year. This reflects the contribution being made by young people across West Cork. Each of the nominees who didn’t win an Award will be recognised with a Certificate of Nomination, which will be presented to them by their local Superintendent.
The West Cork SuperValu stores which have sponsored these Youth Awards for the past 22 years are Caulfield’s SuperValu Bandon, Smith’s SuperValu Kinsale, Healy’s SuperValu Dunmanway, O’Leary’s SuperValu Macroom, Boherbue Coop, Field’s SuperValu Skibbereen, Murphy’s SuperValu Castletownbere, O’Keeffe’s SuperValu Bantry, Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty and O’Keeffe’s SuperValu Millstreet.