Proud Kilkenny institution No Name Club to celebrate 40th anniversary

Four decades have passed since Fr Tom Murphy, Eamonn Doyle and Eddie Keher came up with a new idea for young people


No Name Club founders Eamonn Doyle, Eddie Keher and Father Tom Murphy

One of Kilkenny’s finest youth institutions is celebrating a massive milestone this year, with the No Name Club turning 40.

Four decades have passed since three friends — Fr Tom Murphy, Eamonn Doyle and Eddie Keher — came together with an idea. They were concerned about the alcohol culture, and how young people were becoming increasingly exposed to it.

The idea grew into a significant national movement of social outlets for young people, with clubs now located all over the country.

The special anniversary will be marked in September by an evening in Kilkenny’s Newpark Hotel attended by adult volunteers and young people. Speakers on the evening for attendees will include leading children’s rights advocate Jillian Von Turnout and CEO of Special Olympics Ireland Matt English.


Meanwhile, Kilkenny No Name Club is on the lookout for new adult volunteers. Adult volunteers play a crucial role in the No Name Club community by helping clubs to meet members' needs and deliver activities and events for all. It can be a hugely rewarding experience.

With youth drinking becoming a significant public health concern, the No Name Club provides a safe, social alternative to today's drinking culture for local teenagers. The club offers a safe, supervised space for young people to socialise and have fun without the need for alcohol or other drugs.

If you might be interested in getting involved or finding out more, contact


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