“There can be no remedy for our manifold national ills if we cannot create a spirit of courage and enterprise in our young people,” said then Minister for Education, Sean Moylan as he and Minister for Agriculture Thomas Walsh opened the first meeting of the group called Macra na Tuaithe on March 14th, 1952 in Mooncoin, County Kilkenny.
Originally formed as the youth branch of Macra na Feirme - the group that would eventually go on to be named Foróige - from 12 pilot groups in its first year has grown to become Ireland’s largest youth development organisation with footholds of young people, volunteers and staff across Ireland.
Sowing the seeds: The first meeting of the group called Macra na Tuaithe on March 14th, 1952
Foróige has provided generations of young people in Ireland the opportunity to meaningfully engage with their communities and develop important life skills all while having fun and making friends for life.
Throughout its history, Foróige as an organisation has been a catalyst of social change, strengthening Irish democracy by building human potential and promoting its application in community life.
Legacy Foróige logos over the years
There are exciting plans to celebrate Foróige’s 70th year as the bastion of youth empowerment in Irish society - follow us on social media to find out more throughout the year.