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Youth has its fling

Clowning around: Mary Oliver, 14, from Muckross Killarney, at Youth Day. Pictures: Sally MacMonagle
Clowning around: Mary Oliver, 14, from Muckross Killarney, at Youth Day. Pictures: Sally MacMonagle

CLOSE on 1,400 teenagers descended on the INEC in Killarney on Sunday with youth clubs from throughout the Diocese of Kerry enjoying the fun, the games and the special atmosphere of the annual Kerry Youth Day.

It provided them with an opportunity to celebrate the creative force and innovative impetus that young people bring to every society and the event, which has been running for 40 years, sees the active participation of 36 youth clubs and hundreds of volunteer leaders.

KDYS clubs support and enable young people to be active citizens, helping to build stronger communities all around the diocese. They do this while having fun and promoting collective well-being.

Fun events on the day included a surf simulator, dance, magic, games, a fitness challenge, hair and beauty and a variety competition, while a disco and live band, Chapter 2 from Tralee, rocked the joint.

Rocking it: thousands took to the floor or the disco and the live band
Rocking it: thousands took to the floor or the disco and the live band

KDYS Director, Tim O’Donoghue, remarked: “On Youth Day we celebrate the positivity and spirit of all young people in Kerry and Cork. Our programme of work is designed to ensure that all young people who participate in KDYS realise their potential and learn the skills to help them make good choices in their lives,”.

Tim added: “We are there to facilitate and to provide the space for young people to become active members of their communities and one thing is for sure, they never cease to amaze us with their vision, their creativity and their positivity.

“Let’s hope that our next government realise the importance of this and prioritise investment in opportunities for young people and we nurture our young to become leaders in our society.”