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Youthreach Hosts All-Ireland Soccer Event

Date: 14 Feb 2011

The All-Ireland Youthreach Indoor Soccer Final hosted by Limerick City Adult Education Service’s Youthreach programme, O’Connell Avenue, took place in Delta Soccer Dome, Ballysimon last Thursday 10 February. The new and innovative purpose-built facility, managed by Darragh Droog, hosted 11 teams from all over the country who displayed fantastic sportsmanship, over four hours of soccer mania!

Two Limerick teams, Youthreach Hospital and Youthreach O’Connell Ave displayed their skill prominently. Andrew Duggan defended the goals valiantly, stepping into the role at short notice, while Michael Kavanagh unleashed several thunder bolts, enabling Darragh Hughes to become top goal scorer for the city team. Despite their efforts, both teams came up against more experienced competition and succumbed in the first round robin stage.


Pictured above Youthreach, O’Connell Ave team members: Back L-R: Christopher Meade, Jack Caffrey, Joshua Judge, Front L-R: Gary Franklin, Shane Mulready, Michael Kavanagh, Absent from picture: Andrew Duggan, Darragh Hughes and Jonathan Mackessey

The final saw the clash of current champions, North Great George’s Street (Dublin) and Cork side, Mallow. There was a great display of long distance shooting, yielding a high scoring game.  In the end, the Liffey side was victorious, taking home the Jacinta Stewart Perpetual Cup.

The event’s co-ordinator, PE teacher Kate Flynn, LCAES O’Connell Ave, was very pleased with how the tournament played off, “A day like this provides a great opportunity for Youthreach learners from all over the country to participate in an event together. We were delighted to host this event here, as Limerick City has been named European City of Sport 2011”. She added, “It is wonderful to get such support especially from our sponsors Brian S Ryan Stationery Supplies in Dublin, who donated fantastic prizes for the winning team.  I am also very proud of how hard our own team worked in the run-up to the tournament and how well they did on the day”.

Youthreach is a programme of education, training and work experience for young people who have left school early in an out of school setting. Its aim is to develop the skills needed for further learning and to prepare young people to progress to further education/training or to employment. Limerick City Adult Education Service offers Youthreach programmes in three centres in the city, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick Youth Service and Northside Youthreach, Watch House Cross.