Co Limerick and Co Antrim students named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year

22 March 2017

Students honoured at 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards gala and receive personal congratulations from guest speaker Jordi Murphy

The only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind, the program rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield.

 “The 20 finalists are extremely passionate about the work they carry out in their local community, and their stories are truly inspiring,” said Andrea McBride, vice president, Pramerica Systems Ireland. “From supporting young people with Down syndrome to travelling to work in an orphanage abroad, they are aiding a broad range of charities and organisations through their selfless acts of volunteerism.”

“It’s humbling to see the commitment and dedication from these young people, and we are honoured to recognise the volunteering they are doing in their local schools, communities and abroad to make the lives better of those less fortunate than themselves.”

The post-primary students, who hail from all corners of Ireland, will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the gala awards ceremony on 23rd March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin with special guest speaker Irish international rugby player, Jordi Murphy. At the gala, two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year, receiving €1,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expenses-paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.

The programme is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI).  The programme is also supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige.

For more information about the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, follow the Pramerica Spirit of Community Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter feed @Pramerica_SOC. 

The 20 finalists are:

Emily Duffy, from Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.
Ashling Dunphy, from Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary.
Eric Flaherty, from Portumna, Co Galway.
Lisa Gallagher, from Belmullet, Co Mayo
Chelsea Gibson from Cashel, Co. Tipperary
Aoife Gillespie from Stranorlar, Co. Donegal
Chantelle Hutchinson from Belfast, Co Antrim
Caitlin Kane, from Belfast, Co. Antrim
Bartek Karpinski, from Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
Eoghan Kenny, from Mallow, Co. Cork
Hannah Lyons, from Eglinton, Co. Derry
Clíodhna Malone from Newbridge, Co Kildare
Eimear Mansfield from Waterford, Co. Waterford
Rachel McGowan, from Derry, a sixth year student from St. Cecilia’s College
Matthew McNeive, from Knock, Co. Mayo, a sixth year student from St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh
Dylan Nesbitt from Convoy, Co. Donegal
Olivia Price, from Belfast, Co. Antrim
Lucia Quinney Mee, from Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
Daniel Ritchie from Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim
Martha Tuohy, from Portumna, Co. Galway