The 2nd Wicklow Garda Youth Awards took place on Saturday the 4th of February in the Grand Hotel, Wicklow town
The awards were sponsored by the County Wicklow Partnership and were hosted by Today FM DJ Philip Cawley.
For the next 13 days Wicklownews.net will post a picture and bio of one of the winning recipients, today we have Joe Dempsey from Baltinglass.
Joe moved primary school in 2nd class from Baltinglass to St. Lazerians in Carlow.
Joe excelled in this school participating in all school activities and working hard to the best of his ability. Joe remained in this school for approximately ten years and achieved qualifications to V Tech Level 3. During this time Joe suffered a serious loss within the family.
His brother Roy died in tragic circumstances in 2007. This was obviously a very difficult time but Joe worked hard to keep the family spirits up. On leaving school Joe began working part time and soon progressed to full time employment. Joe’s employer describes him as an integral member of staff who shows huge commitment and dedication. Joe regularly uses his pay to treat his younger sisters and mother to a visit to the local restaurant and also often helps out towards family finances.
In 2014 Joe became a member of Baltinglass No Name Club. He enjoyed the activities and was a strong character in the club. This year Joe has progressed to an adult leader and helps the committee organise the activities. Joe’s volunteer an evening every week and often a Saturday too, to support the club.
Joe is also an adult leader in another youth club, Baltinglass Youth Club. He brings his 3 younger sisters to this and assists and guides all the other children within the club.
Despite all this work Joe still finds time to visit and care for his nanny. He calls to her every day and carries out numerous jobs for her. This is an invaluable and much appreciated service to her. Sadly in the last 12 months Joe suffered two huge losses in his family. He lost his uncle John whom he was very close to and his beloved brother Cillian.
Joe was a rock of support to his family and despite these heart breaking tragedies. Joe continued to contribute to his community with his voluntary work. I think it’s fair to say Joe is a credit to his family and the whole Baltinglass community. Joe was nominated by Community Garda Martina Kennedy.
Full list of award winners
Special achievement category, Michael O’Brien, Martina Conyard, Rachel Casey, Lee Timmons, Timothy and Christopher Hopkins.
Group category, Glenealy Foroige Youth Club, Greystones Community Summer Project, Seomra Youth Centre in Bray, Newtownmountkennedy Senior Youth Group, Arklow Sea Venture Scout Unit and Marc Brady and Rachel Crimes from Colaiste Chraobh Abhainn in Kilcoole.