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  • Exam Time
    Wed, Jun 6, 2018

    Our Junior Cert and Laving Cert Applied statrted their exams today and we wish them every sucess. The Art and Design students took a trip to Collins Barracks recently to visit the Coming Home Exhibition which was very interesting . The welding group took a trip to Killybegs to see the fishing boats and industrial welding at its best.

    We also recently held a the prizegiving ceremony for the National Poetry Competition, check out our Facebook page for photos of the event.

    Coming Home Exhibition
  • National Poetry and Art Winners Announced
    Fri, Apr 27, 2018

    Congratulations to everybody who took part in the National Poetry and Art Competition again this year, we had a massive response, with 95 learners participating.

    Our judges were very impressed with the standard and both Colm Keegan (Poet) and Eamon Dowdican (Artist) had to deliberate for a very long time to select the winning poems and art work. Both commented on the amazing talent of our learners and said everybody that participated is a winner.

    Each student will be given a book with all poems and art work published. All poems and art work entered in the competition will be printed individually to appear on a poster with the learners name and youthreach centre.

    National Poetry & Art Competition 2018

    Results of Poetry Competition judged by Colm Keegan (Poet)

    1st Hannah Delahunty – Kilkenny Youthreach

    2nd Darren Edwards – Ballyshannon Youthreach

    3rd Jordan – Priory Youthreach

    Highly Commended:

    Dreaming of Mexico – Saffron Bell – Letterkenny Youthreach

    15 by Ciaran Kennedy – Dungarven Youthreach

    Revival – Grainne Corcoran – Bray & North Wicklow Youthreach

    The Swing – Ciah Waugh – Kilkenny Youthreach

    Results of Sketch Competition judged by Eamon Dowdican (artist)

    1st Meryem Karadogan – Kiltimagh Youthreach

    2nd Monica Genevcoule – Ballinrobe Youthreach

    3rd Sarah Jane Glesson – Blanchardstown Youthreach

    Highly Commended:

    Meghan McDermott – Ballinrobe Youthreach

    Results of 3D Competition judged by Eamon Dowdigan (artist)

    1st Thomas Burke – Wicklow Youthreach

    2nd Jordan Jackson – Wicklow Youthreach

    3rd Jessie Donoghue – Roscrea Youthreach

    You can Sinead McLoughlin in Youthreach if you need any more information on 0719144248

  • Mountjoy Prison Visit
    Thu, Feb 8, 2018

    Learners and staff visited Mountjoy Prison yesterday and had a very interesting and informative tour..

  • Happy Christmas
    Sat, Dec 23, 2017

    Happy Christmas to all our students, teachers and friends. The centre will be closed for holidays and reopen on January 8th 2018.

    Our Christmas preparations included many Christmas crafts and Cake making and sugar craft.

    We had our annual Christmas dinner in the centre on Thursday Dec 21st prepared by the students themselves followed by a certificate ceremony and Christmas Carols led by our music teacher Karl.

     Health and Happiness to all and a peaceful New Year.

    Recent Barista Training provided by Sligo Leader Partnership
  • CPR4Schools
    Sat, Dec 23, 2017

    Teachers at Sligo Youthreach taking part in CPR4Schools programme, learning hands only CPR. Thank you to Irish Heart Foundation for the programme and the equipment. The students will take part in the programme over the next year. "Some 5,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest every year. 70% of cardiac arrests happen in the home in front of a bystander – starting CPR can double the chance of survival."

  • New Youthreach Year
    Fri, Sep 1, 2017

    The centre has reopened after the summer break and we welcome any queries, 071- 9144248

    New students start induction on Wednesday 6th September, returning students on Thursday 7th and students who completed work experience Friday 8th Sept.

    We have an exciting year planned and look forward to welcoming everyone to the centre.

  • Winners of Poetry & Art Competition 2017
    Fri, Apr 21, 2017

    Congratulations to everybody who took part in the National Poetry and Art Competition, we had a massive response, 30 centres were involved and 94 learners participated.

    Our judges were very impressed with the standard and Colm Keegan (Poet) had to deliberate for a very long time to select the winning poems. Eamon Dowdican also found it difficult to select the winners.


    Well Done to everybody who took part, each student will be given a book with all poems published. All poems and art work entered in the competition will be printed individually to appear on a poster with the learners name at the Prize Giving Ceremony in Sligo on the 24th May 2017.


    National Poetry & Art Competition 2017

    Results of Poetry Competition judged by Colm Keegan (Poet)

    1st Light in the Dark kindness to my heart - Laura Cunnigham – Progression Navan

    2nd The Hospital – Nicole Corrigan Walsh - Carrickmacross Youthreach

    3rd The Subway Silent Strangers – Jamie Clarke – Sligo Youthreach

    Highly Commended:

    Vulpes Benevnence – Alfie Langan – Gortahorke Youthreach

    Icy Breath Dylan James Devlin – Carrickmacross Youthreach

    Golden Gate – Annabell O’Donnell - Gortahork Youthreach

    Origam Swan – Sophie Walsh – Pleasant Street Youthreach

    Retrospect – Rosin Wright – Pleasant Street Youthreach

    Humankindness – Stephen Comerfort – Mountmellick Youthreach

    Mom – Stephanie McDonnell – Ballinrobe Youthreach

    Results of Sketch Competition judged by Eamon Dowdican (artist)

    1st Aoife Brown – Foundation Navan

    2nd Melanie Coyne – Ballinrobe Youthreach

    3rd Shauna Tarpey Moran – Kiltimagh Youthreach

    Highly Commended:

    Roisin Wright – Pleasant Street

    Sophie Walsh – Pleasant Street


    Results of 3D Competition judged by Eamon Dowdigan (artist)

    1st Kyle Murphy – Wicklow Youthreach

    2nd Erin Ffitch – Roscrea Youthreach

    3rd Dylan O’Sullivan – Wicklow Youthreach

  • St. Patricks Day
    Mon, Apr 10, 2017

    We took part in the St. Patricks Day this year our Theme was based on " The Barrow Boys". We made items to represent all the work areas/ subjects in the centre and carried them in wheelbarrows, we also did a "dance" routine with the wheelbarrows!! As a result of our efforts we were awarded the Novelty Cup. Many thanks to all who spent hours preparing the items and those who took part in the parade on a wet blustery day.

  • Christmas
    Thu, Dec 22, 2016

    On Wednesday we had our annual Christmas dinner in the centre. The meal was prepared by the students with the help of the Home Ec. teachers. We started with the raffle organized for a Contemporary Issues task and the dinner was followed with our certificate ceremony. Thanks you to all involved including all the students and staff who cleaned up afterwards.

  • Halloween Antics
    Thu, Oct 27, 2016

    Halloween season is upon us so we had an afternoon of Special FX make up thanks to Amber, the results of which are quite ghoulish!  Pumpkins were carved and fun and games were had on Wednesday afternoon with some people taking the opportunity to dress up.

  • Gaisce Awards
    Thu, Oct 20, 2016

    Congratulations to Rebecca our first student to receive the Gaisce Bronze medal. She received her award at a ceremony in Sligo on Tuesday night from Eileen Magnier. Rebecca is an inspiration to our other students to continue on and try and achieve the award.

  • Film Premiere
    Wed, Oct 5, 2016

    Youthreach Sligo has been involved in film making since 3003, when they got involved in a cross border project called "Sharp Focus". This project was facilitated by Calipo Theatre company from Drogheda who organised four youth groups two from the North two from the South to write and make short films. Sligo Youthreach made a film called "The Ring" written by Christian O'Rielly and directed by John Breen.

    Since then Youthreach Sligo has produces three more films " The Game" "Watching You Cry and  Last Chance". The latest film "Three careful Owners" has been in the pipeline since 2015 wher the idea was formed and filming was carried out in various locations around Sligo.

    The premiere of the film was held last Thursday in Sligo Omniplex and was viewed by students, teachers, parents and friends of Youthreach. It was a great film followed by an after party at The Glasshouse Hotel where we were entertained by Mark Kennedy and friends. Mark had been on placement from Sligo IT during the year and got really involved in the music classes in the centre, he was joined by a few of the students who he had played music with while in the centre.

    We look forward to our next film!!

    Travelling in style!
  • Leaving Cert Results
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016

    Congratulations to our students who received their Leaving Cert Applied results today. The results were excellent and prove that consistent work reaps rewards.

    We have a few places available on our LCA course this September please contact us on or leave a message at 071 9144248.

    The centre reopens on Wed 31st for teachers so you could meet us in-person.

  • Quick Actions of Staff save Young Man’s Life.
    Thu, Jul 28, 2016

    On Thursday 17th December 2015 a group of students from Youthreach Sligo were playing football in Sligo Regional Sports Centre, when one young man Owen Maughan who is 16 years of age collapsed. Although initially it was unknown what had happened to Owen the quick actions of Eamon Kelly ( Youthreach ) and Ciaran Simpson ( Sligo Regional Sports Complex ) saved his life. Owen was having a massive heart attack.

    Eamon Kelly initially put Owen into the recovery position with his head supported. He then checked his pulse which was difficult to find. Thomas Myers ( a learner from Youthreach ) made a 999 call while  all the  youthreach students present deserve great credit for remaining calm and helpful, as well as preparing access, and directing the ambulance crews.  Eamon then began CPR, while taking advise from the 999 call operator who was very important in giving instructions to Eamon. Ciaran Simpson who realised something was wrong arrived into the hall and took over the administration of CPR to Owen. Next he quickly went and got a defibrillator which he attached to Owen and followed the instructions on how to administer it. Sligo Regional Sports Complex deserves great credit for having the foresight to have a defibrillator available on their premises.

    An ambulance crew from Sligo University Hospital quickly arrived on the scene and took over the care of Owen, while transferring him to hospital in Sligo and later to The Mater Hospital in Dublin. The hospital staff acknowledged the expertise of both Eamon Kelly and Ciaran Simpson as having saved Owen’s life.

    Owen was discharged from the Mater Hospital three weeks later and is now doing fine. He has been back to visit Youthreach and would like to thank everybody who helped save his life, and for all the good wishes he has received since that day. Owen’s mother Margaret would also like to add her thanks to everyone who helped Owen on the day and for the care he has been given since.

  • Drumming Workshop
    Tue, Jun 14, 2016

    Peter Crann from We Drum Ireland came to the girls group to give a drumming workshop. We learned about all forms of percussion from various countries and tried out African Drumming as well as Samba. Many thanks to Peter for an enjoyable afternoon.

    Peter with a selection of his drums.