Foróige on crest of a wave

FORÓIGE in Offaly has come on in leaps and bounds. Currently there are 27 clubs and cafés spread throughout the county.

FORÓIGE in Offaly has come on in leaps and bounds. Currently there are 27 clubs and cafés spread throughout the county.

Foróige is a youth organisation concerned with youth development and enabling young people to get involved in their communites. Clubs meet once a week for 1-2 hours in local community centres during the school term. The young people elect a committee made up of their peers to run the club with the encouragement and support of volunteers.

The Foróige clubs and cafés accept member’s 12- 18yrs. Activities include sports, drama, discos, quizzes, community projects and much much more.

There are clubs in Banagher, Ballinabrackey, Ballinagar, Ballinahown, Ballycumber, Birr, Cloghan, Croghan, Clonfert, Carrig & Riverstown, Clonbullogue, Durrow, Ferbane, Geashill, Kilcormac, Kinnity, Lusmagh, Mucklagh, Rath & Eglish, Rahan, Shinrone, Tubber, Walsh Island and Youth Cafés in Ferbane and Birr.

It was decided to raise money for two very worth causes – South West Offaly Special Olympics and Offaly Hospice. A disco was held in February and €932 was raised for the Special Olympics. An inter-county quiz with Westmeath was held in March and €300 was raised for OffalyHospice.

If you are interested in volunteering in a Foróige Club in your area or would like to set up a new club, please contact Breda @ 0869672921 or email breda.maguire@forioge.ie