National award for Ennis man and Clare Youth Service

National award for Ennis man and Clare Youth Service


Kevin Dormer, a volunteer with Clare Youth Service, has been awarded Youth Work Ireland’s prestigious Leading the Way accolade.

From the Gort Road in Ennis, Kevin has been part of Clare Youth Service since he was 13 and now Kevin volunteers on several projects including The Hub, (late-night café), The Junction, Younger Voices and Tech Space where he passes on his specialist knowledge of filmmaking. He is also an active fundraiser for the service.

Kevin became a volunteer after his own experiences in youth projects, “As a summer camp leader, I learned many different things and the time I spent with Clare Youth Service as a teenager helped me through some tough times and as a result, I decided to become a volunteer.”

The student of Film and TV at Galway Community College has previously received a Garda Youth Award in 2016 for his contribution in the community.

“My volunteer work with Clare Youth Service is something that is very dear to me. It is not only something I benefit from, but hopefully something that benefits the young people. “

CEO of Clare Youth Service, Margaret Slattery, commended Kevin on his award, “As well as being a full-time student and working a part-time job, Kevin dedicates what is left of his time to the Clare Youth Service.

He has gone far above and beyond the call of duty in his role as a volunteer. His passion for the projects and young people of the Clare Youth Service is incomparable. He is an outstanding role model to the young people he is in contact with”.

CYS Chairperson, Jim McMahon also welcomed the award, “I am delighted to offer my congratulations to Kevin. He continues a great tradition of Clare Youth Service volunteers in receiving national awards. For almost half a century, CYS has backed community volunteers and been a national leader in providing supports and training for people to assist the young people in their communities.  Kevin’s achievement once again shows the value of these supports and the esteem in which they are held at national level.”

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.