West Cork Garda Youth Awards
In December 2016 Mair Kelly was presented with an overall West Cork Garda Youth Award at the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen. Mair who has been a regular volunteer within the local community received the highest number of nominations which included the Goleen & District Community Council, Schull Community College, West Cork and Munster Table Tennis Association, Lowertown Development Association & her parents Owen and Kate.
Mair has played an active role in so many different aspects of community life including the Goleen Summer Festival helping with the Art Competition, Sports events, exhibitions and various nature walks. Mair is a regular contributor to the Goleen Village Facebook Page and her photographs have featured in a number of leading publications along with her regular reviews for the international and award winning children’s book review site www.gooblefunked.com.
Mair has used her musical ability to entertain at a number of fairs and social events and including Goleen’s successful entry into the "Pride of Place" competition with her concertina playing and was the co-ordinator for the visit of the Finnish national school children to Lissagriffin and the Mizen peninsula.
Her involvement in youth projects as a member of Comhairle na nÓg and YMCA has seen her regularly travel to events both in Cork and Dublin and as far as Strasbourg in France for the European Youth Event as well as the Dóchas SDGS Youth Summit in Croke Park and Dublin Castle. Mair was also a member for the group that won the overall national award for their video, "Show Racism the Red Card" and attended the Global Youth Work Project.
Mair is well known as an Irish International Table Tennis player and has made major contributions within the sport as both WCTTA PRO and more recently became the Munster’s youngest ever Women’s Officer where at her first event, a Women in Sport Day, she raised over €400 for the Irish Cancer Association.
It was a double celebration for the Goleen area as Ellen O’Driscoll from Crookhaven, who recently won the Schull Community Alert Person of the Year Award was also presented with the prestigious West Cork Garda Youth Award.
t is quite remarkable that these two young ladies from this small community have made such significant contributions and fitting that they be applauded and highlighted for their achievements.
It is all too often that we hear negative aspects about the youth of today and credit should be given to the Gardaí and their sponsors Supervalu for providing an occasion where we can all celebrate the positive achievements and contributions from the youth of today and that we on the Mizen Peninsula can herald two such achievers is something the whole community should surely be proud of.