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Monday 20 October 2014

Seven Mid-Cork teens to be honoured for work

JOE LEOGUE

Published 07/11/2013 | 05:26

SEVEN extraordinary Mid-Cork teens are to have their contributions to their communities recognised at the West Cork Garda Youth Awards 2013 this week.

SEVEN extraordinary Mid-Cork teens are to have their contributions to their communities recognised at the West Cork Garda Youth Awards 2013 this week.

They are just some of the 141 young people who were nominated for the awards, which are to be held this Friday in the Riverside Park Hotel at 7 p.m.

Amongst the winners are 18-year-old Tracey Cronin from Inchigeela who is an active member of the Liz Lucey Memorial Committee, who fundraise for Marymount Hospice.

She is also involved in her local church, Scor musical competition and volunteers her time for a local nursing home.

On top of that, Tracey is also chairperson of the students council at her school and fundraises for Trocaire and the Hope Foundation.

Macroom twins Michael and Christine Desmond are being recognised for their sporting achievements.

Michael has achieved great success in his sporting career, winning county, Munster and All Ireland titles in boxing, county and Munster championships in underage GAA, West Cork Schoolboys Leagues in soccer, two county titles in hurling, and being an All Ireland finalist in road bowling.

Christine, meanwhile, is one of only three Irish women to have a world championship boxing medal, Katie Taylor being one of the other two. Tina has also won multiple county, Munster and national titles.

Christine has also tasted success at Sciath na Scoil finals, Gael Linn finals, as a county finalist with Naomh Aban senior ladies football, and a county senior final winner with her school, Colaiste Ghobnatan in Ballyvourney.

Another winner, 17-year-old Orlaith McDonagh from Macroom, who has been involved in fundraising for a wide variety of worthwhile causes, including Daffodil Day, the Hope Foundation, Christmas hampers for the St Vincent de Paul, and she has also participated in a 5km run for the Daniel Kingston Foundation.

Orlaith is a regular visitor to the local nursing home, playing music for and visiting with the residents.

An accomplished pianist who teaches in her spare time, Orlaith is a member of the Irish Youth Russian Ballet, and she has travelled to Dublin every weekend for lessons over the course of the past few years.

She has been honoured by her school, winning the Catherine McCauley Student Achievement Award three times, as well as being an active member of her local Irish Youth Club, promoting the Irish language amongst young people.

Meanwhile, Mary Cronin, Amy Ryan and Ciara Corkery of the Coachford Positive Mental Health Group are also to be awarded.

They organised a information campaign on mental health. The girls were inspired to set up a Foroige Club in Coachford, in a bid to encourage and support young people in their locality.

The group have also organised a gala charity ball, which is taking place soon, proceeds of which will go towards employing a counsellor as a further support in the community.

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