Young people from Co Mayo won two awards yesterday at the inaugural Garda National Youth Awards ceremony, which took place in Portlaoise.

Students from Moyne College in Ballina won a Community Safety Award for an advertisement they created for a Road Safety Authority competition, held in association with Midwest Radio.

The students felt that the use of headphones while walking was a road safety issue that had not been sufficiently highlighted, and created a video ad pointing out the risks involved.

The judges were impressed with how the Ballina students addressed a road safety issue and awarded them a Community Safety Award.


Also at the Garda National Youth Awards, a Special Achievement Award was presented to Sara McFadden from Castlebar who - despite being registered as a blind person - has played camogie for her local club Ballyvary and the Mayo Development Squad, and has become the first visually-impaired person to become a rally navigator.

Sara was nominated for the award by Helen Gannon and PJ McDonagh from Breaffy, who said she never let visual impairment define her or limit her future options.




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