148 young GAA members graduate from the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative
On Saturday, April 2, a total of 148 young GAA members graduated from the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative, an accredited programme by University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) delivered in partnership with Foroige.
Awarded a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action, they were amongst the first in-person graduates in NUIG since 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic meant the young people participating in the programme did so virtually, but this did not dim their enthusiasm or engagement.
The initiative, a tribute to Dermot Earley Snr’s sporting and professional achievements and his commitment to community service, empowers young people to enhance their leadership capabilities, reach their full potential, and have a positive impact on the world around them.
The participants represented the following clubs: Cuala, Dublin; Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin; Clonad, Laois; Celbridge, Kildare; Craobh Rua, Armagh, Deel Rovers, Mayo, St Johns, Sligo, Lucan Sarsfields, Dublin; Newtown Blues, Louth; Padraic Pearses, Roscommon; Scotstown, Monaghan; Strabane Sigersons, Tyrone; Termon, Donegal. Volunteer tutors from each club facilitated three modules of evidence-based content with the participants and also guided them in the delivery of action projects in their clubs, communities, or schools (see examples below)
An Uachtarán CLG, Larry McCarthy, said:
“I look forward to these young graduates using their leadership skills to positively influence their clubs and our Associations for generations to come. I would love to think there is a future GAA President amongst them. They, along with their tutors, are a credit to Gaelic Games and I’d like to thank NUIG and Foroige for assisting the GAA in making this opportunity available to them.”
Séan Campbell, Foróige CEO said “Every year we witness the remarkable difference the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative makes to young people and communities right across Ireland. Foróige is immensely proud of the programme, our partnership with the GAA and NUI Galway and of the facilitators who deliver it. But today is all about the graduates and I congratulate each and every one of you for your immense achievement - I can’t wait to see where your leadership journey takes you from here"
Leona Conroy, DEYLI Facilitator with Clonad GAA said “To be part of this wonderful journey was both a pleasure and privilege for our club. We were bursting with pride on their graduation day in NUIG and to be able to share in their excitement on their special day, to see their smiling faces, their friendships and witness how much they had grown and how much that day meant to them and to their families was such a moving and uplifting experience”
A massive congratulations to the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Class of 2020/2021.
If your club is interested in getting involved contact Blanaid Carney, Community & Health Co-ordinator email@example.com