Roscommon student named Host Of The Year at national No Name Club Youth Awards

Roscommon’s Ava Connaughton (left) pictured with Kilkenny’s Georgina Casey at the national No Name Club Youth Awards last weekend, where the two were each given the prestigious ‘Host Of The Year’ title. Pic: Vicky Comerford

Roscommon TY student Ava Connaughton was named Host Of The Year at the national No Name Club Youth Awards, which took place at the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny recently.

No Name Clubs from all around the country came together over the two days of the final – Friday and Saturday – to celebrate the nine finalists who had made it through, following two tough regional competitions in February.

The finalists each took to the stage and were interviewed by No Name Club Youth Council Chairperson Siobhán Hoare and Youth Council member and director Fionnán Gallagher. Each finalist had a short on-stage interview and performed a party piece. It was a wonderful showcase of the exceptional young people who attend our clubs.

After lots of diligence in marking, the judges had their unanimous decision, with the winners of the No Name Club National Youth Awards 2024 being Roscommon’s Ava Connaughton, and Georgina Casey from Kilkenny No Name Club!

Ava, a TY student at the Convent of Mercy in Roscommon town, is from Roxboro and was representing her local club, the Kilbride No Name Club, at the recent competition.

The organisers wish to congratulate all the worthy finalists who took part for their bravery and confidence in entering the National Youth Awards. Both winners will now take on the title of ‘Host of the Year’ and will perform associated duties within the No Name Club family over the next year.

The No Name Club aims to empower young people to make informed decisions and mature without a reliance on alcohol or other drugs, and is funded by the HSE and DCEDIY.