Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) was very happy to sponsor the very successful Ossory Youth Awards 2014. There was a notable sense of passion and pride as youth clubs from Mooncoin, Freshford, The Mill, Windgap, Hugginstown, Johnswell and Coliáste Mhuire came together to celebrate their achievements.

The Youth Awards gave Kilkenny youth a platform to showcase their positive contributions to their community. Martina Maher, Ossory Youth explained “The Community Awards is encouraging young people to be more involved in their area and engage in activities and projects that have a positive impact on their neighbours, friends and family.”

Their hard work paid off and proved very beneficial not only for the community, but for themselves as well. One project took on painting, cleaning, planting and transforming various focal points in the village of Johnswell. The young people told of the positive feedback and praise from community members which in turn gave them confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

Padraig Fleming Chairman of Ossory Youth commented “This experience will stand to each and every young person that has participated. This type of activity together with formal education will ensure strong, confident, civically minded young people which bodes well for local communities and Ireland.

KLP Development Officer, Alison Allan was commended for her extensive work in supporting youth projects in Co Kilkenny.