Dundalk Red Cross Youth holds annual awards day to honour cadets

The themes were mental health and bullying awareness

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Carol Cumiskey (Unit Officer) and Chloe Cumiskey (Cadet of the year)

Dundalk Red Cross Youth held their annual youth awards day St Vincent's School Hall on Wednesday, January 24. 

The theme of this year's event was "raising awareness of mental health and spreading an anti-bullying message". 

On the left. Dean McAleavy (Branch youth officer) and on the right Amy Maguire (First Aider of the year)

A spokesperson for Dundalk's Red Cross Youth Branch said: "It was a chance to commend the local youths who do exemplary work and have achieved so much. The event was also an opportunity to show off the skills that they had learned during the year to their parents in the audience. 

"Our youths performed two songs on mental health, a skit, and a portion of personal experience all based on these themes."  

Dundalk Red Cross Youth branch meets every Friday in the Red Cross Hall on Jocelyn Street. Classes consist of a mixture of first aid and youth activities. 

At the awards ceremony, Chloe Cumiskey was awarded "cadet of the year" and an outstanding achievement award. 

The runner-up for the outstanding achievement award was Aaron Taylor. Both Chloe and Aaron were also part of the winning team for the national cadet first aid competition held last November. 

Amy Maguire won the first aider of the year award. The runner-up was Cian Carroll.   

Kelly Noone, May Karr Sherry, Niamh Mc Geown, Michael Tuite, Robyn Gorham and Cian Carroll all received attendance awards.   

On the left. Dean McAleavy (Branch youth officer) and on the right Cian Carrol. (First Aid runner-up)


Pat Sheridan also received an award for his continued support in helping the youth group and for "all the hard work he does for the Dundalk branch".  

A spokesperson for the Dundalk Red Cross Youth branch said: "The Dundalk Red Cross Youth would like to thank everyone involved in making the day a great success. As well as this, Carol Cumiskey, the Youth Officer and Unit Officer of the Dundalk branch wants to thank her great team of leaders in supporting the event in the weeks before it and the day of the awards day, and also wished to thank the team of leaders for the endless work and support they carry out for the youths.

"Finally, Ms. Cumiskey is very grateful to the previous Youth Officer Dean McAleavy for all his hard work and also wanted to thank the principal of St Vincent's school, Deirdre Matthews, for allowing the group to use the hall in the school. She also thanked Woodies in Dundalk who sponsored the balloons."