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Donegal Joint Policing Committee are pleased to host the An Garda Síochána Donegal Youth Awards.


The Awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. An Garda Síochána in Donegal and the Joint Policing Committee recognise that a lot of good work is being done by young people in every community in Donegal.  Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live in. 


Applications are now invited for the 2021 Awards with a deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 16th  March 2021 for receipt of applications.


The nomination process is open to everyone, so if you know of a young person who is committed to making a difference to their community, please put them forward.  Clr Gerry McMonagle, Chairperson of Donegal JPC, encourages people to nominate a young person in their area for an award to acknowledge the acts of bravery, community work or volunteerism carried out by them in 2020 stating "We have all witnessed at first hand in the past year the how our young people have stepped up during the COVID pandemic to help out and carry their share of the burden that it has placed on families and communities throughout the County"  


A virtual awards event will take place in early April in adherence with Government Covid-19 guidelines.  All nominees will receive recognition at the virtual celebration


There are four separate awards categories for young people: 


  1. Individual Award – Making a positive contribution to their Community, making it a better place to live.
  2. Group Award – two or more young people making a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live.
  3. Special Achievement Award – Overcome difficult circumstances, defied all the odds, and whose commitment deserves recognition.
  4. Community Safety Award - Through a crime prevention or safety initiative/innovation, have made their Community a safer place to live.


This year’s adjudicators are: Judge Paul Kelly (chairman); Inspector Shaun Grant and Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle.


Adjudicator Inspector Shaun Grant said, “The Donegal Garda Youth Awards provides an opportunity to acknowledge the abundance of talent, resilience and Community contribution, displayed through the individual and group efforts of our young people, in these particularly challenging times. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the many positive attributes of our youngest Community members, and to recognise and reward those who have the potential to impact, and enhance our lives further”.


Gardaí will be distributing nomination forms and media consent forms to schools, youth groups and voluntary organisations right across County Donegal via email and they are also available to download from Garda Website or you can download a copy of the forms via the links below:


 Garda Youth Awards 2021 Nomination Form


Garda Youth Awards 2021 Nomination - Irish


Garda Youth Awards 2021 - Media Consent Form



Completed Nomination Forms and Media Consent Forms can be emailed to:

[email protected]



can be submitted by post to:


Garda Gráinne Doherty

Donegal Garda National Youth Awards

Letterkenny Garda Station

New Line Road, Co. Donegal

Eircode F92 PC03.


The closing date for nominations to be received is Tuesday, 16th March 2021 at 5pm.

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