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Pictured at the 14th South West Inner City Network Youth Achievement and Community Awards are sisters Shauna (8) and Niamh Devlin (9) who both received writing awards.

Pictured at the 14th South West Inner City Network Youth Achievement and Community Awards are sisters Shauna (8) and Niamh Devlin (9) who both received writing awards.

Shane O'Neill Fennell Photograph

Pictured at the 14th South West Inner City Network Youth Achievement and Community Awards are sisters Shauna (8) and Niamh Devlin (9) who both received writing awards.

Dublin's best and brightest were honoured for their outstanding achievements across a variety of disciplines at the South West Inner City Network Youth Achievement and Community Awards.

Young - and only slightly older - received awards in the areas of academics, sports, music, drama and arts, as well as for their commitment to their local community.

Among the impressive winners was Courtney Maher (17), from Pimlico, who was recognised for her volunteering work after she helped set up a youth club for local children.

"We're waiting on insurance on a new building and we don't have a name yet," she explained.

"I think it is important young people engage in their community. Sometimes kids take things for granted."

Another winner was suicide prevention campaigner Wayne Flanagan Tobin (28), who has set up a new project to educate people about mental health and depression. "It's a big issue in this area. My own father took his life when I was seven so it's an issue close to my heart."

Around 50 people were honoured at the awards show, which works in partnership with Kevin Street gardai.

Irish Independent