Inishowen’s top young volunteer Adrian McMyler has been awarded one of the top honours at the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.
The 16-year-old from Buncrana, who undertakes phenomenal volunteer work in the local community, was one of only two ‘highly commended’ finalists in the Awards’ junior category.
The awards recognise young people for their motivation, service and impact on their local community and a gala ceremony for finalists was held at Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa on Thursday night.
As a finalist, Adrian, who attends Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana, also received €500 and a silver medallion, presented by songwriter, music producer and guest of honour, Niall Breslin (Bressie).
Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Adrian described the ceremony as the “best night” of his life. He told how he forged strong bonds with the other finalists, adding he was “over the moon” to be awarded in the junior category.
He said: “I’m just delighted and over the moon. I can’t believe that I’m the junior volunteer of the year. I think my heart stopped for a second when they called my name out. I had a brilliant night and Bressie’s speech on mental health was really inspiring.”
Adrian, who attended the ceremony with his parents Pat and Sandra and Scoil Mhuire principal Rosaleen Grant, said he has received great support from the community. He thanked Miss Grant, his parents, Grace and Jenny from Pramerica, Sophie and Michael, who won last year and this year’s overall winners Cían O’Grady and Carla McErlean from Co Derry. Adrian’s studying for his Junior Cert but has some big events lined up. He was nominated by the award for his school. Ms Grant said she was “delighted” for him, stating he was the “epitome” of the school’s ethos of kindness and generosity.