EIGHT volunteer youth groups gathered in the Foroige Drum Youth Project and Cafe to highlight their achievements over the year.
The evening showcased and celebrated their unique and individual community projects that were supported by Co. Kilkenny VEC through a once off community grant scheme. Rosie O’Brien, Foróige Youth Officer opened the proceedings by congratulating and welcoming all groups, she spoke of how proud she was to be part of the youth club community grant initiative and thanked Co. Kilkenny VEC and in particular Saoirse Prendergast VEC Youth Officer for believing in the young people of Kilkenny and supporting their ideas to make Kilkenny a better place.
Cllr Billy Ireland - the guest of honour echoed Rosie’s comments and he congratulated and praised all the young people involved for using their talents and creativity to work together to improve and enhance their local communities. He paid further tribute to the adult volunteers who worked with their youth clubs to help make the ideas of the young people a reality. Cllr Ireland then presented each group with their achievement certificates.
Johnswell Youth Club received their certificate for the work that they have carried out on refurbishing a meeting room in their local hall.
Slieverue Outreach Group were congratulated on developing a parish information board that incorporates historical and current information and photographs about the area.
Freshford Youth Club organised and provided personalised flower beds for each individual in the local elderly home.
Mullinavat Foróige Club hosted an evening of food, music and entertainment for the local ‘Young at Heart’ Group, the group hope to make the evening an annual occurrence.Coon/Muckalee Foróige Club have worked on giving their local hall a facelift by carrying out some refurbishment and paintwork.
Hugginstown Youth Club made a bench for use by the community in Hugginstown Village.
The Mill Youth Project Foróige Club undertook a local history project, the group designed and created a large mural painting.
Paulstown Foroige Club were involved the new development of a playground. The group were involved in purchasing and painting, picnic tables, flower pots and plants.