Over two hundred and fifty people from across the county will attend the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee tonight. Garda Liz Twomey , Sergant Eileen O'Sullivan , Garda Cecelia Scanlon , Mike Courtney , Garda Tim O'Connell , John O'Sullivan Lee Strand , Garda Deirdre Quinn , Garda Pat Sullivan and Garda Irene Riordan at The official launch of the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2015 was held this week at Lee Strand, Ballymullen, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD ©  Tralee Co Kerry Ireland  Phone  Mobile 087 / 2672033 L/Line 066 71 22 981  E/mail - info@dwalshphoto.ie        www.dwalshphoto.com PRESS INFO Call for nominations for the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2015! The official launch of the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2015 was held this week at Lee Strand, Ballymullen, Tralee, Co. Kerry. The awards scheme which first commenced in 1998 is designed to acknowledge the volunteering endeavours of young people from Kerry between the ages of 14 years and 19 years. The winners will be announced at a celebratory function in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee on Friday, January 29th, 2016. Awards will be presented for the Overall Winner, Certificates of Distinction, Certificates of Merit, a Voluntary Group Award and a School Award. Speaking at the launch Chief Superintendent Pat Sullivan said he was delighted to announce details of the 2015 awards. He emphasised the importance of recognising and supporting young people who make the effort to help others in their community. He asked the Kerry public to look around their area and nominate any young person who has volunteered in any capacity over the past 12 months. He also thanked Lee Strand for the steadfast support of the Garda Youth Achievement Awards over the past 17 years and stated that the success of the awards scheme was due in no small way to that continued support. John OÕSullivan, General Manager, Lee Strand stated ÒLee Strand has a strong commitment to supporting initiatives within the local community and we are delighted once again to support the 32 awards will be presented accompanied with an inspiring citation of each winner’s achievements. The awards scheme which started in 1998 is designed to acknowledge the volunteering endeavours of young people from Kerry between the ages of 14 and 19. Twenty six Merit Awards, four Distinction Awards, the Voluntary Group Award and the Overall Winner Award will be presented. The Assistant Commissioner John O’ Mahoney will also be attending the event.