Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards presented last night

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 theOver 270 people from across the county attended the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2015 in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee last night. In all thirty two awards were presented. There were twenty six Merit Awards, four Distinction Awards, the Voluntary Group Award and the Overall Winner Award. Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahoney commended 18 year old Brendan Coppinger from Muckross in Killarney who was announced as the Overall Winner. Brendan was training the Killarney Celtic U11s when fellow Transition Year Student Tom Geaney went into cardiac arrest. Brendan with the help of coach Eugene Cosgrave saved the student’s life. As a result of this incident a new local project in Killarney has been set up called Operation Resuscitation. The plan will offer specialist life-saving training to schools, sports clubs and individuals and aims to train hundreds of people in the locality, thereby increasing survival rates by up to 26%.