80 young Foróige members from counties Offaly and Westmeath attended their Regional Conference which was held this year in the Gateway Youth Café in St Mary’s Hall, Athlone on Saturday, January 28. 50 of those representing 17 clubs in Offaly participated.
It was a day of immersion by all the young people in which they spoke about a variety of issues that are impacting on young people today, and how, they as a group of actively involved people, might address and try to rectify some of these challenges.
After inputs from the RYO Breda Maguire and other Foróige Officials, the members broke into groups to identify what were the seven principal concerns of young people in the Offaly/Westmeath area today.
Following on from this, there was input from one of the present Reference Panel members. She described her role as a representatives on the Reference Panel and how it was vital that the 5 newly elected representatives would be aware of the issues in their respective counties. She also encouraged them to assist Foróige nationally to address these challenges.
The seven issues discussed by members present were: 1. Peer Pressure. 2. Recession and its impact on the lives of young people in 2012 Ireland. 3. Portrayal of youth in the various media (social & print). 4. Family issues. 5. Media bullying. 6. Drugs and alcohol. 7. Depression/suicide.
After presentations from those who allowed their names to go forward for the Reference Panel elections, five members were duly elected. The five will represent the interests of young people from Offaly/Westmeath on the Reference Panel for the next 12 months.
The five members elected were: Alex Vickers and Amy Martin (Durrow Foróige Club), Shane Larkin (Rahan Foróige Club), Eric Dunne (Ballycumber Foróige Club) and Sarah Claffey (Rosemount Foróige Club).
The Offaly clubs represented at the Regional Conference were: Ballinabrackey, Ballinagar, Ballinahown, Ballinamere, Ballycumber, Banagher, Carrig & Riverstown, Cloghan, Croghan, Durrow, Ferbane, Rahan, Rath & Eglish, Shinrone, Walsh Island, Coolderry and Spot Youth Café.
Foróige Disco: The Disco will take place in Cloghan hall on this Friday night February 10 from 9pm-12midnight. The admission fee will be €4 and the usual Foróige rules will apply.
District Council: The next District Council meeting will take place in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore on Monday, February 13 at 8.30pm with the executive meeting at 8pm.
Level II Training: There will be Level II training for all Leaders in Moate on next Saturday, February 11 at 10.30am. Please contact Breda if you have leaders attending.