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SWICN Youth & Community Awards


The South West Inner City has been portrayed in the past has having serious social problems. A lot of these social problems have been unfairly associated with the young people of the area, whether it is substance abuse or general anti social behaviour. Too often the good work of those young people and others in the community has gone unnoticed and under-appreciated as it is not sensational as a violent attack or a daring robbery. Recognising this sad fact the South West Inner City Network (S.W.I.C.N) and Garda Siochána at Kevin Street station 10 years ago established the Youth Achievement & Community Awards. The award ceremony gives recognition to those youth and others who toil for the good of the area and the people who reside within it.

This year the award ceremony was held at St Catherine’s on Thomas St, the famous Church of Ireland church were famed Irish rebel Robert Emmet was hung, drawn and quartered, a fitting place to recognise the selfless efforts of others then. Minister for Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs Pat Carey was in attendance to present the awards.

Our very own Helan Meehan won a Community award for her efforts here at the Fountain Resource Group and FRG Coordinator Tom Brunkard was honoured with a Life Time Achievement award. In addition, Fountain News reporter Alan Finn’s CAP Gardening Group also picked up a Community Award. A great day for the organisation and well deserved for those involved. What follows below is a list of winners of this year’s awards.

Award Recipients


Individual – Shannon Mc Gee, Matthew Dempsey. Emily Boyne, Sean Hynes.

Groups – Galway World Cup Group, Liberties Divers, James’s United Schoolboys FC, Liberty Saints Rugby Team


Individual – Thomas Lennon, Brian Mowlds, Aaron Delaney, Robert Duggan, Kenneth Dowling, Evan MetCalfe, Kelly Nolan, Richard Okare & Danielle Cooke

Group – St Nicholas of Myra Breakfast & After – Schools Club

Personal Achievement

Individual – Kyle Mates, Kate Byrne Geoghan, Rebecca Bohan, Mustapha Kokumo, Etain O’Nuallain, Tea Carabini, Zoe Lennon, Amanda Balfe & Rebecca Nolan, Brian & Joseph Darcy

Group – “Dublin 8 is Great” Team (SWICN computer Clubhouse), Lourdes Group (Presentation Secondary School Warrenmount), Michael Tobin, Jordan Buckley & Warren Flood


Individual – Shauna Lance, Aishling Mc Gavin, Nicola Furlong, Toni Healey, Lee Graham & Conor Fitzgerald.

Group – Keogh Academy, Liberty Majorettes (St Nicholas of Myra)

Merit Recipients


Jessica O’Kelly, Josepj Mowlds. Jordan Farrell, Karl Mc Kenzie, Bethany Hand, Ruby Keating, Kirsty Hynes & James Boxwell.


Patrick Osborne, Kelly Byrne, Louise Nolan

Personal Achievement

Individual – Jade Jacobs, Paul Mc Nevin, Aidan Murray, Simone Harmon, Joseph Connaughton, Jade Osborne, David Kavanagh, Dylan Pierce, David O’Hara, David Boxwell & Aoife Kennedy

Group – St Nicholas of Myra Breakfast & After – Schools Club (Kenneth Dowling, Thomas Keating, Dillon Cullen, Michael Early, Clayton Warren, Jack Dowling, David Ogbonna, Chloe Keating, Stacey Mc Nevin, Lee Dowling, Zoe O’Connor & Aaron Johnston.


Courtney Hawthorne, Chelsea Redmond, Thomas Russell, David Cowzer & Sam Oyediran

Community Awards

Individual – Anita Reilly, Kay O’Keeffe, Sandra Domican, Brenda Tierney, Sinead Kavanagh, Helen Meehan, Matt Larkin & Nicole Flood

Group – CAP Gardening Group

Community Merits

Individual – Derek Byrne, Colin Conway, Ciara Hillard, Kerryn Buck & Abdul Ali Hassan

Group – Community Response Drama Group

Life Long Community Service

Thomas Brunkard, Madge Fagan, Liam Fenlon, Ida Delaney, John Gallagher.

Fountain News DigitalThis article was originally published in:
Fountain News Digital – December 2010 (Issue 2)

We are re-publishing all articles from our past newsletter, Fountain News Digital, and you can view all completed newsletters here. There were nine issues published in total between 2010 and 2012.

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