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Ballineen Foróige Club revive local festival 'Lé Chéile Rose'

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Foróige August 14, 2014

On Friday 8th of August, the Le Chéile Rose took place in the Village Inn, Enniskeane in Co. Cork. Organised by Ballineen Foróige Club, this charity event in aid of the Irish Kidney Association saw seven enthusiastic and inspirational ladies take to the stage, each representing a local business or organisation. As part of their annual citizenship project, Ballineen Foróige Club decided to revive this event which first took place in 1995 and has not been held for 14 years.

The event was based on the Rose of Tralee Festival. Each Rose was interviewed on stage and then asked to perform a showpiece.

Volunteer Eamonn Mullen reflects on his facilitation role at Foróige's Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life 2014

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Foróige August 11, 2014

You just had to be there.

Within a couple of minutes of arriving at NUI Maynooth for the Albert Schweitzer Leadership For Life Conference 2014 one of my ‘moments of the week’ occurred. It was about 10am and I had just arrived at the front of the Iontas building on campus where registration was taking place. With me were 6 members from our Foróige Club in Drogheda, Mell FYC. I had literally just put my bags down when I heard a high pitched “Oh My God” followed by an excited scream, “Eamo”, and before I even got a chance to turn around, I felt a body slam into me from behind, a pair of arms wrapped around me, squeezing the life out of me.

Former Irish footballer Niall Quinn facilitates soccer clinic for Tyrrelstown teenagers

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Foróige August 5, 2014
Well known Irish footballer and coach Niall Quinn facilitated an energetic soccer clinic and penalty shoot out last week with 15 young people (aged 10 to 12) who are all members of Foróige’s Tyrrelstown Youth Project!

He is great, like a big friendly giant,” said Jefrey Bangun (11) who took part. “I don’t even care what position I play in, I just want to play for Ireland,” said pal Nathan Forbes (11).

Foróige's Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Conference 2014 takes place at NUI Maynooth

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Foróige August 5, 2014

300 teenagers arrived in Ireland last week from the USA, India and Northern Ireland for the Foróige Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Conference. Teenagers from almost every county in Ireland also took part. Inspirational guest speakers included world leaders in the fields of space exploration, music, business and sport as well as sustainable energy technology. Hollywood star Matt McCoy served as Ambassador for the Conference.

Upcoming Youth Participation training for adults working with young people in a variety of sectors

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Foróige July 23, 2014

Foróige's upcoming Youth Participation Workshop will run in various locations around Ireland in September. This workshop will provide practical training and advice for adults working with young people in a wide variety of sectors including local and national government policy developers, funders, clinicians, service managers, youth and community workers. The workshop will give participants information on what youth participation is and is not, how to implement youth participation in their work and enable participants to consider ways to ensure young people are having a real say and influence over decisions being made in policy development, programmes, services, organisations and in their day-to-day work.

Winner of our positive self image competition is article entitled, "I may not be perfect but I am always me."

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Foróige July 2, 2014

Throughout the month of June, we've run a competition on our Facebook page asking Foróige members, "What does positive self image mean to you?" Positive Self Image is the major theme for this year's Reference Panel - a representative group of young people who speak on behalf of all of our members nationally (see the Reference Panel Report here). The winning entry for the competition is an amazing article, "I may not be perfect but I am always me". The article is a personal story of how one young person coped through a particularly bad time and their advice to others. It is an uplifting read and we think a truly deserving winner of 2 x €30 Ticketmaster vouchers! Well done to our worthy winner - who asks that they remain anonymous - and all the young people who entered the competition.