No Name Club founders
When three friends came together in 1978 to find a way for young people to have a socialising option without the influence of alcohol little did they know they had sparked a phenomenon.
Forty years later the No Name Club has grown from its Kilkenny roots and has touched every county in Ireland.
Fr Tom Murphy, Eamonn Doyle and Eddie Keher, formed the club so young people could come together in a comfortable environment that would be free from alcohol and other drugs. No Name Clubs are run by, and for young people aged 15-18. They increase awareness of the effects of alcohol and drugs, to help young people make informed choices when they are older.
Eamonn Doyle said it’s satisfying for the founders that every county in the country at some stage has had a No Name Club. Youth organisations come and go, but the organisation has had about 130 clubs at different stages. He says the impact of the No Name Club has been significant: “If you look at the impact, about 50,000 people have taken up the challenge, we reckon that a whole lot of other people would have enjoyed the benefits of the No Name Club along the way and it was a huge consolation to parents. We reckon in that time 1 million parents would have gained some kind of solace.”
Fr Tom Murphy said, at the launch of the awards, he is very glad to be part of the club and that so many young people are involved. “In all those years I hope it’s had an influence for good.”
Eddie Keher said the founders didn’t know where it would lead when they began the Club and paid tribute to all the volunteers over the years.