A BANDON student who was a recent recipient of a West Cork Garda Youth Award has been selected to represent his county in the European Parliament next year.
David Giles (17), a Leaving Cert student at Hamilton High School was a winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition and will now join an Irish delegation in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where he will debate major issues facing young people.
David’s business teacher Anita Hurley helped prepare him for this important competition and the fourth year in a row that the school has had a student in the delegation.
Each year, 24 students from around the country are selected for the Irish delegation from about 2,000 initial applications.
David won a West Cork Garda Youth Award at a recent awards night in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom. As well as being the chairperson of Newcestown Foróige, he is also on the National Reference Panel, which represents 56,000 Foróige members in the country. He chaired the committee of the ‘Big Breakfast’ fundraiser, run by Newcestown Foróige, which raised €2,800 for local charities and in his spare time volunteers at St Michael’s Centre in Bandon where he works with the elderly.