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Waterford youth volunteer recognised in 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

16 February 2017 01:09:28 Frontpage

For the dedication she has demonstrated in service to her community, Eimear Mansfield, from Waterford has been recognised as one of 20 finalists in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, the only allIreland youth initiative of its kind which rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield. Eimear, a fifth year student at Newtown School, Waterford, was inspired to volunteer after a visit by Jonathan Irwin of the Jack and Jill Foundation to her school. She was deeply affected by the story of his son Jack and was motivated to do what she could to make a difference to the lives of children and their families. Eimear, with her classmates, set up an initiative called ‘Hares on the March Waterford’ which was a variation of the existing Dublin initiative. The project was logistically challenging as it involved sending plain hare statues to different schools and youth projects in the area to be decorated by the young people, gaining sponsorship from local businesses, and finally, placing the hares at different locations across the town as landmarks on a 5km fitness trail to encourage activity. To do so, Eimear and the team liaised with primary and secondary schools, scouted 10 key locations and secured permission at high-profile spots with high footfall such as the Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre and Ardkeen Stores. The project raised nearly ?14,000 for the Jack and Jill Foundation. “Eimear was a superb leader in the Hares on the March Project,” said School principal Keith Lemon. “She inspired the rest of the TY students to work with her and create a project that was one of the most talked about and unique projects ever done in our school by TY students.” The post-primary students, who hail from all corners of Ireland, will be presented with ?500 and an engraved silver medallion at the gala awards ceremony on 23rd March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin with special guest speaker Irish international rugby player Jordi Murphy. At the gala, two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year, receiving ?1,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony. “The 20 finalists are extremely passionate about the work they carry out in their local community, and their stories are truly inspiring,” said Andrea McBride, vice president, Pramerica Systems Ireland. “From supporting young people with Down syndrome to travelling to work in an orphanage abroad, they are aiding a broad range of charities and organisations through their selfless acts of volunteerism. It is humbling to see the commitment and dedication from these young people, and we are honoured to recognise the volunteering they are doing in their local schools, communities and abroad to make the lives better of those less fortunate than themselves.” The programme is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI). The programme is also supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige.

Vice null Time16 February 2017 01:09:28


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Youths tackle Mourne Mountain Adventure Challenge

22 April 2015 15:02:18 Latest Newry News, Newry Sport and Newry Business for Newry City

This Saturday 25 April the successful Mourne Mountain Adventure is back with up to 400 youths aged between 13 and 18 years taking on the challenging task of navigating their way across the mountains. The event, which was established in 2012, has exceeded all expectations with hundreds of young people across Northern Ireland enrolling every

Vice null Time22 April 2015 15:02:18


Get active in the great outdoors

08 March 2015 16:14:23 Impartial Reporter | News Headlines

A Spring Outdoor Activity Day has been organised on Saturday 14 March 2015 to encourage families to get active in the great outdoors

Vice All News Time08 March 2015 16:14:23


Cllrs Murphy and Wyse roll out Active Citizen Programme

26 February 2015 03:22:44 Frontpage

At the December meeting of the Plenary Council, Cllr Jason Murphy had a motion passed by Waterford City and County Council that they would back an Active Citizen programme for school children throughout Waterford. After receiving unanimous support from the council, Cllr Jason Murphy and Cllr Adam Wyse contacted Harry Flynn, Principal of Scoil Lorcain boys’ school. The two metro based councillors spoke to the two 6th classes of Scoil Lorcain on Wednesday,18th February. The aim of the Active citizen programme is to try and influence at an early age the mindset of these children that Anti Social Behaviour is massively hindering their own city and own futures. Cllr Adam Wyse, a past pupil of Scoil Lorcain spoke to the classes hosting over 50 pupils about acts of vandalism he has seen in his area. From Bus Shelters, to street lights and windows in homes being smashed. "The council has to spend big money every year to repair damage that is done to the city and county, there are lots of things that we could do with the money to improve the city’s facilities, instead of repairing what shouldn’t be broken". Cllr Wyse added that boredom has alot to do with Anti Social Behaviour in the area. " I’ve grown up on the Dunmore Road and there isn’t a lot for kids to do there. You see crowds of young adults gathering outside shops because of the lack of facilities there. Not every family can bring their kids to the cinema or to Splashworld every weekend and we have a responsibility as councillors to provide facilities for these people". The pupils were very enthusiastic about the programme and were full of questions for Cllr’s Murphy and Wyse. One student asked " What does the council actually do and who’s allowed be on it" € Cllr Jason Murphy explained that the Council is made up of 32 members who are all elected by the people of Waterford, he explained the different electoral areas made up of different councillors and told the pupils that the council is in charge of lots of different things. The roads, The buildings, Housing and lots of events that happen throughout the year such as Winterval and The Harvest Festival. He explained how you don’t have to be a councillor to help your community. "Recently I took part in a community clean up in Templars Hall along with my fellow Fianna Fail councillors and students from the WIT." Cllr Murphy added: " As a public representative it is your job to ensure the people living in your area are satisfied with the service they are receiving from the council. This year I have had the honour to serve as Deputy Mayor and have met multiple groups of people who work for different communities and different projects, all working to make Waterford a better place to live. These people are the role models for the city. You may have seen the recent arson attacks on St Saviours GAAClub, the Boxing club and the youth services office. Many of these people are working on a voluntary basis and after the terrible news or the damage done they got straight back into work because they couldn’t let down the young adults and children in that area. That’s what inspires me to be a better, more active citizen and I hope it does the same for you." At the end of the talk , the pupils took part in a small quiz about Waterford with many testing even the Councillors knowledge. The Quizzes were then drawn out of a box and one pupil from each class won a huge Easter Egg. The Pupils all received a Certificate of Completion for taking part which was signed by Cllr Jason Murphy and Cllr Adam Wyse and were officially named the First Active Citizens of Waterford.

Vice null Time26 February 2015 03:22:44


President cites youth unemployment as Europe’s biggest challenge

05 February 2015 10:13:24 Ireland News latest RSS headlines - Irish Sun.com

Avril Buttle and Julie Patterson with their Gaisce medals. President Michael D Higgins said the stories of those who won awards were "so rich, diverse and valuable". Dara Mac ...

Vice All News Time05 February 2015 10:13:24


Zero tolerance called for following Ballybeg arson attacks

28 January 2015 14:37:51 Frontpage

A call has gone out for a zero tolerance policy towards criminal arsonists who have caused tens of thousands euro worth of damage to four community buildings in St. Saviours Parish, Ballybeg over the past few days. Urgent meetings were held yesterday between community activists, the Gardai and members and officials of Waterford city and county council. The four community properties providing social and recreational amenities for hundreds of local residents are the Youth Resources Centre, St. Saviours GAA Club, Cill Barra Sports Centre and St. Saviours Boxing Club. Gardai were in the vicinity when they received an alarm activation at 22.30pm on Monday night at Cill Barra Sports Centre and were quickly on the scene. Exit doors were prised open, internal doors damage, an office damaged and CCTV cameras had been pulled from the wall. Jacinta Burke, manager of the Centre said they were still assessing the damage yesterday (Tuesday) morning. She praised the quick response from onsite security at the premises located just opposite the Church and said that a zero tolerance policy should be adopted towards this type of activity. At 3.10am on Monday night Gardai were patrolling the Ardmore Park area when they heard a faint sound of an alarm going off in St. Saviours Boxing Club. They saw smoke coming from the premises and alerted fire control. Significant damage was caused and the scene was preserved for technical examination. A house at No. 99 Ardmore Park was also subjected to an arson attack, the second one in over a week at this address. Nobody was present at the time. Both the Youth Resources Centre and St. Saviours GAA club were the victims of senseless and wanton malicious damage which has devastated and outraged the whole community in Ballybeg and the wider Waterford community. The first incident at the Youth Resources Centre located between Clonard Park and Ardmore Park was reported at 1.30am on Saturday morning. The fire was extinguished and the scene examined. However Gardai received another call at 4.00am and on arrival the premises was on fire and extensive damage caused. Jen Hannon, a full time worker in the Centre said the community was devastated but they were determined to carry on. They had received many calls of support and offers of equipment and the goodwill received was amazing. They were operating presently from their head office in Manor Street and were actively seeking potential office space. The Gardai received another call from fire control at 4.00am that one of their units observed the GAA complex on fire. Gardai went to the scene and found a side door forced open and tables and chairs had been set on fire in the main hall. The scene was preserved for technical examination. Mr. Noel Reidy, Secretary of St. Saviours GAA Club said the whole of the downstairs function room was destroyed and the upper part of the premises was badly smoke damaged. He said that the club could not thank the Fire Service enough for their vigilance. He also acknowledged pledges of support from Waterford County Board Chairman, Paddy Joe Ryan and Secretary Tim O’Keeffe. Mr. Reidy also said he had received a personal call from Mr. Padraig Duffy, CEO, Croke Park. He said St. Saviours were determined to continue on and despite the shocking event their senior football side played a football challenge match on Saturday against the Waterford Under 21 side. He said it was very difficult to explain to their 5 and 6 years old players why they could not play their normal practice games on Saturday morning last. If anyone has information on the above incidents or noticed any suspicious activity around the time of these occurrences please contact Waterford Garda Station on 051-305300. Waterford Sinn Fein Councillor John Hearne, called on local Minister Paudie Coffey and national and local politicians and gardai to come together with community leaders and the Council to face reality. He said they had to deal with “home grown thugs who are hell bent on destroying our communities. If the petrol bombing of children in their homess was not bad enough, the destruction of St. Saviours GAA hall and the Youth Resource Centre in Ballybeg should force all parties and groups to come together to fight this problem.” He concluded by saying these clubs were the heartbeat of the community and are determined to rebuild and provide the services their communities deserve. “We need to stand with them and bring to justice the thugs who don’t want to live in these great communities.”

Vice null Time28 January 2015 14:37:51


Brexit presents challenge to Ireland

09 December 2014 19:03:16 Dublin News latest RSS headlines - Dublin News.com

Britain is "playing Ireland at Ireland's game" in terms of actively encouraging foreign direct investment, IBEC director Danny Mc Coy said in Brussels today. (Photograph: ...

Vice All News Time09 December 2014 19:03:16


National Award for Waterford

19 November 2014 12:21:44 Frontpage

Waterford City & County Council and Waterford Comhairle na nÓg was this week awarded the Best Practice in Local Government Award at the annual Excellence in Local Government Awards, held in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. The awards, which have been running since 2004, recognise best practice in Local Government. The award was presented to representatives of Waterford City & County Council and Waterford Comhairle na nÓg by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD. On announcing the award, the judges remarked that they were hugely impressed with the broad range of innovative projects and initiatives that the Comhairle have carried out over the past number of years and the degree to which Waterford Council have supported and enabled them. It is clear that participation in decision-making is a priority in Waterford City & County Council and their work with Waterford Comhairle na nÓg is a prime example of this. In presenting the awards, Minister Kelly noted “These awards offer a great opportunity to showcase and reward the excellent work being carried out by Local Authorities across the country. The quality of the projects and the dedication of those involved continue to grow year on year and I am delighted that my Department continues to support these awards.” Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said, “While 2014 has been a year of hugely challenging change and transformation for local government, Local Authorities have embraced this opportunity to innovate and develop new approaches to sustaining and supporting their communities. It is an honour for us to host these awards and recognise the hard work that goes on at the heart of our communities on a daily basis. I want to congratulate not just the winners and shortlisted organisations but just as importantly, the people who made all these projects and activities happen.” Waterford Comhairle na nÓg is the youth council for 12 to 17 year olds across Waterford City and County. The Comhairle work with local decision makers to voice the opinions of young people in the development of their local community. Body Image, Civic Pride, Cyber Bullying and Mental Health are examples of issues that the Comhairle tackle through innovative initiatives such as the “Cyber Code” and the “What Is Beauty” campaigns. Winners were presented with a specially commissioned trophy designed by Tipperary Crystal.

Vice null Time19 November 2014 12:21:44


Swords Youngsters Well On Way To Gaisce Award

18 November 2014 05:43:15 North County Leader

Four young people, working with Swords Baldoyle Youth Services and Youthreach, have reached a major milestone on their journey towards their Gaisce Bronze President’s Award. For the two-day adventure trip challenge, the young people in this group cycled 103 kilometres from Maynooth to Mullingar, and then to Killucan. All four of them, Jenny O’Connor, Pavels Svengos, Niall Kelly, and Vitalik Masalskij achieved their goal, passing with flying colours. Youth worker Aisling Farrelly said: “This was a great challenge for the team here. It was a long trip in difficult weather conditions, but there wasn’t a single moan or complaint. They did great work and we’re all really proud of them,” she said. The Bronze Award requires the completion of four elements, which include: 13 weeks of physical activity, 13 weeks of voluntary work, 13 weeks of developing a personal skill, and a two-day adventure trip. Upon finishing, they must pick their favourite activity and then do it for an additional 13 weeks. The Gaisce Awards’ purpose and mission is to contribute to the development of all young people, through the achievement of personal goals.

Vice All News Time18 November 2014 05:43:15


Swords Youths Team Up With Local Tidy Towns

07 October 2014 04:36:33 North County Leader

A group of four young people attending the local Swords Youth Reach have kicked off a 13 week Community Involvement programme working towards a Bronze Gaisce Presidential award. They began this programme by surveying the local area around Swords, in particular main street and identified key areas which needed special attention and revamping. This group of young people are all members of Swords Baldoyle Youth Service and are in the process of completing all elements required to achieve this Gaisce award. This award is obtained by completing 13 weeks in four different challenge areas which are physical recreation, personal skill, community involvement and an adventure journey. A partnership between Crosscare Swords Baldoyle Youth Service and Swords Youth Reach was formed a number of years ago and links remain strong. Youth workers, Shona Whelan and Aisling Farrelly began this Gaisce programme with the young people in Swords Youth Reach in February this year. With the assistance of Youth Reach staff and in particular manager, Edward Manning the young people have progressed to the final stages of obtaining this coveted presidential award. Even though some of the young people involved in this award are not all living within the Swords area, they were eager to form an alliance with the local Tidy Towns group, as they felt that some areas had begun to look unkempt and grimy. With the assistance of Tidy Towns chairman Ken Duffy, the young people and Youth workers decided the best use of time would be spent repainting and giving a fresh look to key areas around main-street and surrounding locations. It is hoped that all young people will complete their Gaisce Bronze award early in 2015, with the aim that they will then continue on to achieve Silver and Gold Gaisce awards. Chairperson of Swords Tidy Towns, Ken Duffy said, “This is a great opportunity for us to connect with the youths and to show them what we do in keeping our town clean. Hopefully, it will encourage them to take pride in their communities, and what they learn here, can increase their awareness of keeping their areas clean,” he said.

Vice All News Time07 October 2014 04:36:33