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Congrats to the 2017 National Youth Award Winners


1,000+ Celebrate National Youth Awards

Teenagers from Wexford and Kerry took the top honours in front of a crowd of 1,200 at the No Name Club National Youth Awards in Kilkenny on Saturday night, April 16th.

The black-tie event has been running on an annual basis since 1978 and brought teenagers and their adult leaders from 40+ clubs around the country together to celebrate the involvement of teenagers in communities across Ireland.

The event saw Marty Waters of Ring of Hook No Name Club, Wexford named Host of the Year and Jemma Murhill of Killarney No Name Club Hostess of the Year*. Over 40 clubs with 2,000 members were invited to put forward representatives to take part in the National Youth Awards and Marty and Jemma are added to a prestigious list of names who have taken the honours over 33 years.

The Host and Hostess of the Year are deemed to have made outstanding contributions to their clubs, their local communities, and are rewarded for the skills they bring to wider society. Marty and Jemma were two of 12 teenage finalists** that went forward from the regional finals to participate in Saturday’s event.

At Saturday’s black-tie event, the finalists were interviewed in front of the 1,000+ crowd by event MC RTE Journalist Damien Tiernan and they then performed a party piece. The finalists had previously been interviewed on a one-to-one basis by the event judges. The winning Host and Hostess will receive education scholarships as prizes.

Saturday’s celebration brought teenagers from clubs in communities across the country together and they were treated to a four-course meal and a six hour disco extravaganza.

Speaking after the awards, Marty said: “I feel honoured to have won this award and I’m very happy to be bringing the crown back to Wexford. This was a great experience for me and I made loads of new friends during the competition. I’m very thankful to the club, its adult and junior members for supporting me. I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank my dancing school, the Nora and Lisa Doyle Academy of Irish Dancing. I also want to thank the No Name Club for the opportunity and the competition judges.”

Speaking after the awards, Jemma said: “I’m immensely proud to represent Killarney and Kerry at these awards. The competition was very tough and this was an excellent experience for me. I’m looking forward to going home to my home town as a winner. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends and club for the support I received.”

Con Nolan, No Name Club Chief Executive Officer comments: “On behalf of the No Name Club, I want to offer hearty congratulations to Marty and Jemma on their success. This is a magnificent achievement and they follows in an illustrious line of young people who have been named Host and Hostess of the Year. Marty and Jemma are bringing their talents to their club, community and wider society and we are delighted to recognise the contribution they are making to Irish society. I want to congratulate all the finalists; it is a remarkable achievement to reach the final stages of the competition. We hope the talents our finalists and thousands of other teenagers are bringing to Irish society through their involvement with the No Name Club will bring great benefits to Irish life for years to come.”