Kinsale students win National Garda Youth Award

Two students from Kinsale Community School, Shane Collins and Oisin Coyle, have won a National Garda Youth Award.  

The Cork males took home The Community Safety Award at the National ceremony held at the weekend, Saturday 13th November at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise. 

The award was in recognition of the tremendous work they have done in making their community a safer place throughout the Covid 19 pandemic. 

It honored their role in the production of PPE for frontline healthcare workers both locally and nationally during the Covid 19 pandemic.   

Left to right: Oisin Coyle, Shane Collins and Fergal McCarthy.

Speaking of the win, Shane Collins, said:  

“Oisin and I are delighted to have received this special award. It would not have been possible without the support of the school and all our teachers. We worked together as a team to support the community, those on the frontline and provide much needed PPE”. 

Commenting on the win Principal, Mr. Fergal McCarthy said:  

“Kinsale Community School is incredibly proud of Oisin and Shane in respect of the National Garda Youth Award which they received in recognition of their work in producing 12,000 visors and rectifying a further 10,000 defective face masks in support of frontline healthcare workers at the beginning of the pandemic when there was a national crisis in respect of PPE. This project demonstrated the student’s empathetic good nature as well as reflecting their sharp intellect and dynamic creativity. They showed that they are adept problem solvers, capable of working as a team, and they used these skills to focus on public good. These students reflect all that is good about bright, young, gifted people. We are proud at having this calibre of student attending Kinsale Community School.” 

Having already won a Garda Divisional Award in the Cork West, Shane and Oisin, were nominated to go forward to the National Awards as recognition of how much their community values them. 

The Garda Youth Awards, at Divisional and National level, celebrates outstanding young people ages between 13 and 21 years and recognises the good work they are doing throughout their communities. 


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