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Inspirational Northern Ireland teens Garreth and Dervla given Diana awards

 

By Staff Reporter

Two inspirational young people from Northern Ireland rubbed shoulders with royalty last night as they were honoured at the prestigious Diana Awards in St James's Palace, London.

Along with 18 other winners, Northern Ireland teens Garreth Brown and Dervla Dolan joined The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the awards ceremony, established to celebrated the memory of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

The royal brothers were making their first joint appearance at an event run by the Diana Awards, established to promote the late princess' belief in the positive power of young people.

The 20 young winners were recognised for their efforts in creating positive social change in their communities and countries.

Garreth (16), from Londonderry, who lost both his parents in the same year, has been a pillar of support to his older sister and two younger brothers, to ensure their family stays together. He also selflessly helps other children in Kinship Care by talking about his family's experience in a positive way.

Dervla (18), from Omagh, has been the driving force behind setting up The Enda Dolan Foundation after her brother was killed by a drunk driver in Belfast.

Student Enda had been at Queen's University for just three weeks when he was run over by David Lee Stewart in October 2014.

The 18-year-old was walking home when he was hit by Stewart's van and dragged for half-a-mile.

Devastatingly for his family, even after stopping and seeing Enda, Stewart and his passenger William Casement drove away down the Malone Road.

The personal challenges that Dervla has faced have been enormous - but she has persevered to shine a light of hope, strength and love in her brother's memory and honour.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prince William told the award winners Diana "touched the lives of millions".

"The truth is though, she was taken at only 36, slightly older than I am today," he said.

"Of course we can never know what our mother would have gone on to do, but in one sense Harry and I feel that our mother lives on in the countless acts of compassion and bravery that she inspires in others."

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