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An Garda Síochána Youth Awards

Garda National Youth Awards 2020/21

Thirty Garda National Youth Awards for 2020/2021 have been presented to over 180 outstanding young people throughout the country at local presentations in their respective areas. This year, awards were presented to young people from Galway, Clare, Laois, Kerry, Dublin, Tipperary, Longford, Meath, Donegal, Kilkenny, Cork, Monaghan, Wexford, Limerick, Mayo, and Westmeath for doing such things as cleaning beaches, raising outstanding amounts of money for worthy causes and raising awareness on issues such as mental health.

All of the award winners are excellent examples of young people who give up their free time to help and support others. This is an especially strong message for all us at a time when we all individually and collectively across all age groups have to continue to work together to reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

Nominations are now being sought at Divisional level for the 2021 awards. Forms are available on the pages below. For further details, please contact your local Garda Station.

In this section, you will find information and application forms from each Garda Division currently seeking nominations for the Garda Divisional Youth Awards. 

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

The first ever Garda Divisional Youth Awards was created by a local Juvenile Liaison Officer in West Cork in 1995. He noticed that the young people in the community were doing tremendous things which deserved recognition. The awards has grown in leaps and bounds since then.

In 2019, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris launched the first ever An Garda Síochána National Youth Awards saying “The inaugural Garda National Youth Awards will be a showcase for the positive contribution young people are making in their communities. The awards at national and divisional level are a great way for Gardaí to develop strong relationships with community groups and young people in their area.” 

Categories for Divisional and National Awards

Individual Award

Making a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live.

Group Award

Group of two or more, making a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live.

Special Achievement Award

Overcome difficult circumstances, defied all the odds and whose commitment deserves recognition.

Community Safety Award

Through a crime prevention or safety initiative/innovation, have made their community a safer place to live. 

Winners of Divisional Awards are submitted to the national judging panel who select 5 winners in each category. Details of when and where the National Awards is due to take place is to be confirmed.  

To find out if your area is planning a Garda Youth Awards, you should contact your local Community Garda, Juvenile Liaison Officer or your local Garda Station.