The East Cork District Council of Foróige paid homage to one of its longstanding members at it’s District Council meeting on Monday, 23 January.
Killeagh’s Teresa Mulcahy, who gave over a decade of voluntary service to Foróige and the youth of Killeagh, was surprised at the meeting with a bouquet of flowers, presented by Regional Development Youth Officer Jennifer Walsh on behalf of the East Cork District Council of Foróige.
“The main message I would like to convey,” said Ms Walsh, “is the big thank you to Teresa for her years of dedication to Foróige and the youth of Killeagh. Teresa has been involved as a Foróige volunteer for at least 10 years and was instrumental in setting up the Youth Club and the Summer Scheme in Killeagh.”
Ms McCarthy started the summer scheme in Killeagh, a week of intensive activities for children aged five to 12 that runs each July, during her 10 plus years working with youth in Killeagh, which also included running the weekly Youth Club. Approximately five years ago, Ms McCarthy stepped down from running the summer scheme, and earlier this year she retired from her role at the Youth Club.
Ann Hegarty, Geraldine Magner, Kym Ryall and Ann Marie Murphy are the new leaders of the Killeagh Youth Club, which Ms Walsh stresses is on a voluntary basis.
“All of the club leaders run Youth Clubs week in, week out as volunteers,” said Ms Walsh, “and give up their free time for the development of young people in their area and for the benefit of communities. Without volunteers there would be no Youth Clubs.”
Foróige is Ireland’s leading youth organisation, and has been working with young people since 1952 with the purpose to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society. Each year the organisation works with over 50,000 young people aged between 10-18 across 26 counties through a variety of volunteer-led clubs and staff-led projects.
“As Regional Development Youth Officer for Foróige,” said Ms Walsh, “I support and train the volunteers to run the youth clubs and summer schemes in the East Cork region. If anyone is interested in setting up a youth club or summer scheme in their area, I would be delighted to talk to them. I can be reached by phone at 086 382 9936 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”