Ballymun Youthreach joined the celebrations in the National Sports Arena in Blanchardstown last week as Youthreach celebrated 30 years of education and training provision in Ireland. The event organised by the National Association of Youthreach Co-ordinators (Well done to Josephine, Angelique, Lorraine, Louise, Alan, Lionel, Ciaran and Paul) took place from 9.30 to 2.30 on Wednesday and featured a multitude of events over two stages including addresses by the new Minister for Education Joe McHugh, Deputy Lord Mayor Vincent Jackson, Dara Callery TD, John Delaney – chair of the FAI among others. There was also a play, breakdancers, a circus, exhibition area, workshops and the Wriggle Roadcaster. There were also over 20 sports activities for guests to try out including gymnastics, high jump and table tennis.

Ballymun Youthreach presented two stalls – one from Yvonne and the Cosmetics group (pictured above) demonstrating manicures and facials, and one from Joe and Martin highlighting our penmaking workshops. Both were huge successes. Our former co-ordinator Jacqui Caulfield was also interviewed onstage. The overall event was attended by over 1500 people and emceed by Emma Power (2FM) and Eavann NiCuileann (RTE).

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