Dermot Earley Youth leadership Initiative with Donegal GAA

Donegal's Karl Lacey at the Launch of the Dermot Earley Yourth Leadership Initiative Programme in Donegal Town.
The family of the late great Dermot Earley Snr believe a new initiative in his honour can help the next generation of young Irish leaders make their mark in the world.

The family of the late great Dermot Earley Snr believe a new initiative in his honour can help the next generation of young Irish leaders make their mark in the world.

The Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative, brought together by the GAA, Foróige, Ireland’s leading youth organisation and National University of Ireland Galway, commenced in Aodh Ruadh GAA club Ballyshannon and Four Masters GAA club in Donegal Town on the 27th October 2015. The Initiative gives young people the opportunity to take part in Foróige’s Leadership for Life programme which has been customised for this partnership with the GAA.

15 young GAA and Foróige members from various clubs throughout Donegal have been given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through this exciting programme that evokes and honours the values Dermot epitomised and held so dear. Helping to facilitate their journey are a troupe of facilitators who volunteered from within the GAA and Foróige and have received four days training provided by Foróige and in NUI Galway, achieving a Foundation Diploma in Training and Education for their time and efforts.

To inspire the lucky participants Donegal GAA footballer Karl Lacey spoke at todays launch.

The lucky participants, aged between 15- and 18-years-old, will explore all elements of leadership before being asked to put their skills to work in their own clubs and communities. Those who complete all three modules between September 2015 and May 2016 will be eligible to graduate from NUIG with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action.

For more information contact Stacey Cannon, GAA National Health & Health Coordinator on Stacey.cannon@gaa.ie or 01 8192387 or visit www.gaa.ie/community

For further media enquiries contact GAA National Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Stacey Cannon on 01-8192387 or 085-7083598.