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About the GAA Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative

This unique programme evokes and honours the values Dermot Earley epitomised and tries to foster them in a new generation of young Irish leaders. The initiative runs over the academic year (September – June) and consists of 3 modules. It involves 30 hours of workshops designed to develop the leadership skills that Dermot epitomised on and off the field. 20 hours of self-direct and reflection learning before participants put their enhanced leadership skills into action through a club or community-based action project. Those who complete all three modules will have an option to graduate from NUIG with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action.

Helping to facilitate their journey are a troupe of facilitators who volunteered from within GAA and Foróige and have received four days training in NUIG, achieving a Foundation Diploma in Training and Education for their time and efforts. For a more detailed outline of what is involved please download and review the programme leaflet.

The Story So Far

This year saw the expansion of the DEYLI from a three-county pilot to reach 130 15-18 years-olds from 73 clubs across counties Kildare, Dublin, Roscommon, Galway, Cork, Tipperary, Donegal and Monaghan.

In October 80 of those young people complete their journey and graduate from NUIG with a FETAC level 6 Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action. (The Earley family were represented at the graduation by Dermot’s wife, Mary, and his daughter Anne-Marie, while Dermot Jr remains the patron of the initiative.)
The programme’s partnership with Foróige and NUI Galway is just one of the reasons why the testimonies of the participants’ – and indeed their parents and guardians – is so overwhelmingly positive.

Due to resources available 3 programmes will run this year Dublin, Donegal and Kildare. We hope to open up recruitment for new tutors in early spring next year. Watch this space!

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