Ballymun Youthreach take part in Full STEAM Ahead

Ballymun Youthreach came to the end of their two year cycle with the National Youth Council, Castel DCU and the Science Federation Ireland with a showcase in the Helix, DCU attended by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Caroline Conroy and the head of DCU, Daire Keogh. The students showcased their many projects from the two years which they have developed with Alisha – the submarine, the ater filters and various 3D printed frames all took pride of place. The event was a huge success and attended by 10 Youthreach centres.

 

 

Lord Mayor’s Awards in Mansion House

It was a lovely morning in the Mansion House for the Lord Mayor’s Awards where the 2022 awards were presented to Eddie O’Donnell, Erin McKenna and Ruben Bechian.

Unable to attend on the day were Luke Kenny, Nathan Nolan and Margo Vorobei. Eddie even entertained the assembled crowd with a great rendition of ‘The Fields of Athenry’ which was extremely well recieved.

 

 

 

Sports Day 2022

It was a fantastic annual Youthreach sports day at the National Sports Arena this year with plenty of fabulous events. Ballymun Youthreach performed brilliantly in all categories with our own  Chelsea Quinn winning ‘female athlete of the event’ – well done to all the competitors for a great event.

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Ballymun Youthreach enter Youthreach cake and craft fair

Ballymun Youthreach were delighted to attend in person the annual Youthreach cake and craft fair after a two year hiatus. The competition hosted in Crumlin college was attended by Group C and our winners were Katie Sweeney, Jessica Dempsey, Shane Rainsford and Erica Davison. Well done to our winners and all our entrants who submitted fabulous work.

Minister Simon Harris visits Ballymun Youthreach

We were delighted to receive a visit from Minister Simon Harris to Ballymun Youthreach as part of the launch of the CDETB Inaugural Review.

CDETB – CDU Report Launch


The launch included speeches from Minister Harris, CDETB CEO Christy Duffy and FET directors Ann Gilton and Blake Hodkinson. Minister Harris then completed a tour of Ballymun Youthreach where he visited the various classrooms and chatted to some of our students and staff. We would like to thank the Minister’s office for taking the time to tour our centre and for his kind words of encouragement. We would also like to congratulate Shanice Foy who received her QQI Level 4 awards representing all Youthreach students who have been unable to be presented with their awards during the lockdown and Craig Ivers for his participation in the student research document.

CDETB – CDU Report Launch

CDETB – CDU Report Launch

CDETB – CDU Report Launch

CDETB – CDU Report Launch

CDETB – CDU Report Launch

CDETB – CDU Report Launch

CDETB – CDU Report Launch

New mural and plantboxes for Ballymun Youthreach

Ballymun Youthreach recently added a new mural and plantboxes to our inner courtyard on the theme of sustainability. The students worked very hard on both projects with wonderful results.

Ballymun Youthreach launch new 3D Printing project with Unblackboxed and Precious Plastic

Ballymun Youthreach are pleased to announce a new venture in partnership with Unblackboxed and Precious Plastic. The recent delivery of a 40ft shipping container is the first step in developing a 3D printing workshop at the back of the framing room. We are extremely excited at the potential to develop and enhance our STEAM learning with 3D printing while tackling the concept of sustainability through our collection of plastic to be converted into 3D plastic.

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Ballymun Youthreach welcome students back

Ballymun Youthreach was delighted to welcome students back on a full time basis from September 3rd. It was fantastic to see students after such a long hiatus – it’s not quite the same talking to students on Zoom! We did conduct socially distanced outdoor classes in the sun at the front of the building for six Tuesdays in a row during June and July and while that was great it was even better to welcome the students back into the building once we had made it safe and secure. September has been extremely busy getting used to the new normal and highlights have included our first Outdoor Pursuits day with socially distanced seating and a first cooking session in the kitchen. Welcome back all!

Ballymun Youthreach host Motivation Day

The Beauty Therapy group along with their teacher Yvonne Ardiff in Ballymun Youthreach recently hosted an Inspirational event in the Centre.

This event involved four guest speakers talking honestly about their life journey. Our aim and hope was that their stories would inspire our young people to realize that they too can achieve a lot in life despite difficult challenges along the way. It is never too late ….as they heard and learnt from our speakers.

Ger Prendergast is a teacher in Trinity Comprehensive and has done 60 Ironmans in 60 days. He’s also blind in his left eye, the result of an accident when he was eight years old.

 

 

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/other-sports/60-ironmans-in-60-days-meet-ger-prendergast-1.3918186

Mandy King had part of her leg removed due to a tumour and this in turn led to her taking up amputee football. She first linked up with the national team and traveled with the side to the 2014 World Cup in Mexico. She is now involved in the Bohemians amputee football team in a league.

https://www.the42.ie/amanda-king-amputee-football-3795613-Jan2018/

Alice Walsh is from Finglas. She was faced with pregnancy at an early age and was challenged with continuing her education. Today she is a barrister hoping within two years to be a Judge.

https://www.lawlibrary.ie/members/Alice-Walsh/5517.aspx

And last but not least we had guest speaker Jimmy Bell. He is a well known figure in Ballymun and has done tremendous work in helping young people in the area especially around drug issues. His personal story was inspiring and well worth a listen.

The Beauty Group served refreshments along with their own homemade Rocky Roads, and a created an Arty Space of colourful motivational table clothes.

Everyone enjoyed the event and hopefully it is something we can organise on a yearly basis. A massive thank you to all that offered their time and efforts in making this a huge success.

 

Gary Cunningham gives inspirational talk to our staff and students

The peerless Gary Cunningham delivered a powerful address yesterday to an enraptured staff and students here in Ballymun Youthreach yesterday. Gary’s book I an Enough has been a recent staple of our Personal & Interpersonal Skills class and Gary’s reflections on his life formed the basis for an hour and a half of extremely positive messages for our students to take on board. We are delighted to have hosted such an esteemed author and speaker and wish to thank Gary for a wonderful experience.