Joe Cronin, Roselawn Close, Cashel, Co Tipperary, won the Cashel Lions Club Young Ambassador of the Year award at the weekend. The award recognises and honours community effort among young people aged between sixteen and nineteen years of age. Joe will now represent Cashel in a regional final, which leads on to the national final in January.
The older of two children of Edward and Catriona, Joe is a sixth year student at Cashel Community School, who is determined to become a pastry chef. He worked in the kitchen of Horse and Jockey Hotel during the summer and has had an interest in cooking as long as he remembers.
The adjudicators selected Joe from the other candidates for the award because of his voluntary work for the Cashel Day Care centre, where he puts in the hours during his holidays and his days off.
Joe is interested in politics and is a member of Cashel Young Fine Gael and acts as P.R.O. for the group. He believes that Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, is’ a very inspiring leader.’ Joe is also secretary of South Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg.
The winner became the first recipient of a new perpetual trophy presented to Cashel Lions Club by Cashel Credit Union.
He received the trophy, plus a voucher, from club president, Paul Monks, who was greatly impressed with the calibre of the candidates.
He said there was a great future for the country with young people like them.
Evelyn Kelly, secretary, represented the Credit Union at the presentation.