CARING 21-year-old Amy Roche, who has a great bond with a young boy with autism and is of great assistance to him, has scooped the prestigious overall award in this year’s Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Awards.
Amy Roche, from Tralee, was nominated by Lisa Curran for all her amazing help with Lisa’s 10-year-old son Christopher.
Amy said the timing of the award is very fitting as April has deen designated Autism Awareness Month.
The special achievement award winner was outstanding young sportswoman Emma Kerin, from Scartaglen, who was nominated by St Mary Basketball Castleisland while Faye Greely and Molly Ní Shé from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle were announced as the group award winners.
Lifesavers CCC from Castleisland Community College were winners of the community safety award.
The awards recognise the great contribution young people have made and continue to make to their communities in Kerry. A total of 25 awards were presented at a virtual ceremony live on radio, also honoured 21 merit award winners: Caoimhe Harte, Duagh; Lisa Flynn, Cordal; Ronan Foley, Killorglin; Maisie and Edie Hall, Castlegregory; Rebecca Kenny, Katie O’Connor, Michelle Hickey, Ellen Farndon, St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary Killarney; Emma Affonso, St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary Killarney; Adam Cronin, Killarney No Name Club; Natasha Myers, Killorglin Community College; Conor Flaherty, Ethan Ward, Philip Tracey, CBS The Green, Tralee; Ethan Slattery, Killarney Order of Malta; Mounthawk Transition Year Fashion Show Students, Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee; Bradleigh Smith, Killorglin Community College; Alison O’Sullivan, Killarney No Name Club; Aoise Healy, Presentation Secondary, Tralee; Currow Community Clean-Up Transition Year Group, Presentation Secondary Castleisland; Troy Kennedy, St Michael’s College Listowel; Rachel Griffin, Killarney Community College, Thomas White and Anna-Marie O’Donnell, Tralee Red Cross; Hannah O’Sullivan, Colaiste na Sceilge, Caherciveen, Holly O’Brien, Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee and Tyler O’Sullivan, Killorglin Community College.