Ballymun Youthreach participate in mindfulness day in Trinity Comp

Mindfulness comp 2The Level 5 Cosmetics group recently participated in the staff mindfulness day in Trinity Comprehensive. The girls offered their skills in giving manicures for the very relaxing morning.


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Musical instrument making in Ballymun Youthreach

Thanks to Neil Bracken, Brian Clarke and Ray from the Men’s Shed, Ballymun, Ballymun Youthreach has started delving into the world of guitar making. Neil, pictured here has been demonstrating his many skills to the students teaching them the art of guitar making. Neil along with Brian and Ray have been part of the Men’s Shed working out of Setanta GAA where they have been making beautiful instruments such as violins, pipes and even an accordion.


Ballymun Youthreach frame Philly McMahon’s jerseys

staff-2It was a great honour for the Customer Service and Framing Group to frame recent All Ireland winner Philly McMahon’s fine collection of jerseys.

mong the jerseys framed were the 2013 and 2015 All Ireland winning jerseys as well as an All Stars and International Rules jersey.

As well as that we framed his fine collection of winning medals. Hopefully he’ll be adding more to the collection in the years to come.

Ballymun Youthreach announce quiz night

Ballymun Youthreach Presents

Live Music, Food and Prizes

Friday 8pm, 25th November

Setanta GAA Club

Tickets €10.00 per person – Four per team

All proceeds go towards Educational Trip for Youthreach Students


Tickets can be purchased from Ballymun Youthreach

Strictly over 18s

Ballymun Youthreach Awards Ceremony






Ballymun Youthreach was delighted to host our annual QQI awards ceremony last week. Present to accept their awards were the Level 5 Customer Service group alongside the Cosmetics Studies groups, our 5 full Level 4 graduates and various individual graduates. Music was provided by the Garda band, Setanta string orchestra, Liam and Christy from Setanta and a hip hop performance from Amanda Harper, Rebecca Colclough and Jade Byrne. The awards were presented by Dessie Ellis T.D., Counsellor Cathleen Carney Bould and Youthreach Regional co-ordinator Bernadette Reilly. Well done to everyone involved and the very best of luck to all our graduates, many of whom are already in employment or have started their new college careers.


Places availability

There are currently places available for the new academic year available on all our courses: FETAC General Learning Level 3 and 4, Customer Service Level 5 (accompanied by Web Design Level 4 and Framing) and Cosmetics Studies and Make Up Application Level 5.

If you are interested in any of the above please call in for a chat but hurry as places are filling fast. Alternatively email at or call at (01) 842 0482.

Cosmetics Studies Recruitment for September 2016

The Beauty Course – Ballymun Youthreach

Yvonne Murphy, Beauty Teacher








For some time now the Beauty Programmes offered in Ballymun Youthreach have been a very popular choice for both internal students and those coming from outside the centre. The programmes available are an ideal stepping stone for those who wish to pursue a career within the Beauty Industry. We offer excellent opportunities in training to the highest standard for QQI Level 5 exams in both Cosmetic Studies and Make-Up Application.

Minimum entry requirements for the Beauty Course include a successful Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or full FETAC Level 4. Students must be aged between sixteen and twenty years of age and all entry is subject to interview.

The Beauty Course educates students in both the theoretical and practical side of work. The theoretical side of the programmes offer students a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, providing an in-depth knowledge of the main structures and functions of the human body, in addition to various areas such as customer care, business, professionalism and hygiene.

The practical side of the courses are ingrained in areas such as facials, make-up application, manicures, tinting and more. We enthusiastically promote in-house training in areas such as Swedish Massage, Spray Tan Application and Waxing. Gel or Acrylic accredited courses are also an option offered by professional companies on site.

Work placement in the industry is also an integral part of the year. This commences following completion of FETAC exams. Also a strong emphasis is placed on group projects and a fine example of this is the continuous success we have in the yearly Style-It Competition. On occasion we invite guest speakers in the industry to deliver an insight into the ever changing world of beauty.

If this is something that interests you please call in today for an application form and a chat or phone us on 01 842 0482. Places fill up fast. Interviews will take place early June.

Show Racism the Red Card

On Wednesday 11th May, three students; Ciara Murphy, Scott Crosbie, Ellen Mc Donagh, and their teacher Louise Loughlin attended the AIVA stadium where over 600 hundred young people from youth groups, Youthreachs, and primary and secondary schools from all over the country attended the annual creative competition awards ceremony.  The competition called on young people to develop creative messages about racism and integration using written, visual and audiovisual means. Prizes were awarded for entries ranging from songs and raps to posters, videos, and social media campaigns.

Ballymun Youthreach had success with their entry and were presented with an award of Special Commendation.  The students created a 3D Globe titled ‘Mapping Diversity’ to represent a celebration of a multicultural society.

The ceremony was MCed by sports presenter Tommy Martin.  Special guests included Steve Guppy, coach to the Irish football team, Cllr. Cieran Perry, Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, John Boyle, Vice-President of INTO and Razan Ibraheem, a Syrian journalist based in Ireland.

All entries to the competition can be viewed on


Ballymun Youthreach launch commemorative 1916 mural

Ballymun Youthreach was proud to launch its 1916 commemorative mural recently on the front of its building.

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The day was marked with a wonderful musical performance from the band Laeg complete with dramatic performances from Aifric in full uniform.

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We also enjoyed a dramatic reading of the Proclaimation by Cassie Crosbie and readings of Claire’s grandfathers letters from Frongoch Prison to his estranged wife back home from Shannon Fleming and Matthew Tunnicliffe.

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We were also treated to a rendition of Amhran na bhFiain by the 5th and 6th classes of Gaelscoil Baile Munna and Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch conducted by Neil Na Guile Rua.

Our flag was then raised by Glen Harrington.

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Afterwards we enjoyed a hip hop performance from Jess Cosgrove, Jade Byrne, Amanda Harper and Rebecca Colclough which they had recently performed for the Ballymun Lift Festival.

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Ballymun Youthreach would like to extend our sincere thanks to all involved and especially to Fergus, Proinsias and Billy of Setanta GAA Club for all their help.

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Ballymun Youthreach enter commemorative handkerchiefs exhibition

Ballymun Youthreach students and staff recently entered the 1916 commemorative handkerchiefs exhibition in the Civic Centre in Ballymun. The exhibition was organised by Fran McVeigh of the Poppintree Youth Project and invited people to design handkerchiefs on the theme of the 1916 Easter Rising. Two of our students Ciara Murphy and Rachelle Carroll won prizes for their creations.

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