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Know Any Superkids…?

Yep, we’ve got some very wonderful, loving, smart, helpful, rockin’ kids in this town.

Which is heartening, given that there are just a handful of dumbass ones too.

You can usually find them up at the back of Kindlestown most nights, setting fire to bins and trying to remove thorns from each other’s paws.

2016 winner Leanne Kennedy

For all the kids with loving parents though, glory, fame and maybe even fortune might just be coming their way, as the Wicklow Garda Youth Awards 2018 is now open for nominations.

Recognising the great work being done by our young folk, this annual awards ceremony is a way of shining a light on those kids who are quietly making a difference in our community.

Forget it, Duggan!

There will also be awards this year for groups of two or more young people who have come together to contribute positively to life in Wicklow, whilst the Special Achievements awards will go those kids who have overcome difficulties in their lives. Such as living in Arklow.

On the rule front, the age limit for nominations is between 13 and 21 years, the person must be a permanent resident in County Wicklow, and, hey, the judges’ decision is final. The six judges will be chaired by a high-rankin’ member of An Garda Síochána. So, no cheating. Or backhanders.

Any member of the public – including Gardaí, family members or relatives – may nominate anyone they feel deserves such an award, and forms must be signed by the nominator. The closing date for nominations is February 4th.

You can grab a nomination form for the Wicklow Garda Youth Awards right here, or you can email You can also check out previous local mini-heroes right here.

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