Kilkenny finalist in National Youth Awards

A KILKENNY TEENAGER is one of the five finalists for the No Name Club’s prestigious Host of the Year Award.

A KILKENNY TEENAGER is one of the five finalists for the No Name Club’s prestigious Host of the Year Award.

16-year-old Dale Hickey of Kilkenny No Name Club will be assured of strong home support when he takes to the stage before an audience of over 1,000 people at the Lyrath Estate Hotel on Saturday night, April 14.

Dale is one of five boys from No Name Clubs around the country to have reached the National Youth Awards Final to compete for the title of Host of the Year, with the winner being presented with a perpetual trophy named in honour of Kilkenny man Bobby Kerr Snr.Dale progressed to the National Youth Awards having first being selected by his club and then progressing through a regional final.

He will be interviewed on stage by the host for the night, RTE’s South East Correspondent Damien Tiernan, while he will also perform a party piece. Five girls will also be competing for the title of Hostess of the Year on the night.

The Host and Hostess of the Year awards are presented to the boy and girl who, in the opinion of the adjudicating panel, have made outstanding contributions to their own personal development, their No Name Club and the wider community.

Dale is a student at Kilkenny CBS. He is a member of Callan Boxing Club, carrying on a proud family tradition, and loves to keep fit and active. He also loves spending time with his friends in KIlkenny No Name Club and has enjoyed many activities with them, from public speaking to paintballing.

He said the No Name Club has been great for his confidence and he hopes to return as a mentor when he’s older. “I would love to volunteer for the No Name Club as a mentor as they have given so much to me and I would love to give back to them and show other teenagers the joys of No Name,” said Dale.

The trophy Dale will be competing for is a bronze perpetual trophy that is being introduced for the first time this year and is named in honour of Kilkenny man Bobby Kerr Snr. “Bobby was a great friend of our founders – Eamon Doyle, Eddie Keher and Fr Tom Murphy- and his contribution to the club during its foundation cannot be overestimated,” said John Donovan, CEO of No Name Club. “Bobby owned the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny and as well as providing support and expertise to the fledgling organisation, he very often provided the venue and hospitality as well,” said Mr Donovan.