Awards presented to ten outstanding Galway young people

Galway daily ten young persons awards

Young people from across County Galway gathered with their friends and family in The Connacht Hotel, Galway for the ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ (TOYP) Award last Thursday.

The TOYP Award ceremony is a global initiative of Junior Chamber International which aims to recognise young people who are making great progress in their chosen fields and creating a positive impact on other people, their community and society.

JCI Galway received 29 nominations – a record number of nominations this year, from a variety of different backgrounds including art, sport, business, technology and politics. 

Gaughan Redden, Program Manager of Galway 2020; Padraic O’Maille, JCI Galway 1988 President; Evelyn Cormican, JCI Galway 2008 President; and AIB representative Kenneth Deery, Local Market Engagement Manager, had an extremely hard task to pick the Top Ten.

JCI Galway President Carol Ho commented: “There are many young people based in Galway breaking boundaries with personal achievements, business accomplishments and creating positive change in their communities. We need to continue shining a light to let more outstanding young people be seen and recognised.” 

The Ten TOYP Awardees

Dr Eoghan Clifford – Academic leadership and/or accomplishment

Izzy Keane – Personal improvement and/or accomplishment

Joe Canning  – Personal improvement and/or accomplishment

Padraic O’Griallais  – Business, Economic and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment

Amber Davy – Political, legal and/or governmental affairs

Dr Brendan Boland – Scientific and/or technological development

Eliona Gjecag  – Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership

Finbarr Mchugh – Cultural achievement

Sebastian Taylor  – Business, economics and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment

Aisling Rock  – Cultural achievement

National Finalists
After this amazing Top Ten was selected, the judges had the tougher job of selecting the top three winners to go on to the National Awards run by JCI Ireland.

The awards ceremony will be held in Mayo on May 12 and Izzy Keane, Eliona Gjecag  and Dr Brendan Boland will represent Galway as nominees at these awards.

If they are selected for JCI Ireland’s Top Ten then they will be put forward for the JCI World TOYP awards. These awards recognise winners from all over the world at the 2018 JCI World Congress in October in Goa, India.