Young people from Kilkenny were among those celebrated at the recent Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards, in partnership with Aldi, in the Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre in Dublin.
The awards recognised the work of young people in the community over the past year, with over 2,000 young people in attendance as well as hundreds of volunteers. Some 160 community enhancement projects were exhibited at the event with all 26 counties represented.
The event was opened by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone TD, , and featured talks from disability rights campaigner Joanne O’ Riordan, and social media expert Darragh Doyle.
There were projects exhibited from two local Foroige clubs — Paulstown and Cuffesgrange.
Cuffesgrange Foróige Club discussed at their club meeting how modern technology doesn’t always provide necessary information.
They wanted everyone in their community to know about community groups and emergency contact numbers for their area so they designed and printed a sheet and distributed the sheets around the community.
Paulstown Foroige Club, Kilkenny took a walkabout their village before deciding on their Youth Citizenship project.
They felt that the derelict post office needed some attention and that they would paint a mural on it. After receiving permission from the owner they power washed the building, put timbers up, painted the timbers and then painted a mural with the help of a local artist.
CEO of Foróige Sean Campbell said community wellbeing was the driving force behind the projects.
“It is so inspiring to see what young people can achieve when they work together and put their minds to something,” he said.