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Wednesday 18 September 2019

A LIVELY occasion at youth music awards in Croke Park

Wexford band L.I.V.E.L.Y. backstage at the Irish Youth Music Awards event
Wexford band L.I.V.E.L.Y. backstage at the Irish Youth Music Awards event

Maria Pepper

Large groups of excited young people travelled to Croke Park in Dublin to support this year's entries in the Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMA's).

Young musicians aged from 12 to 19 years, performed on two stages at the national youth event with Wexford Band L.I.V.E.L.Y comprising Jack Donovan, Dion Hogan, Sean McCormack and Darren Cadogan, among the performers as well as Sally and Paddy from FDYS Bunclody Youth Centre.

'We were delighted to represent Wexford in the Irish Youth Music Awards and to sing our original song 'Be Okay' and also the song'Angel' written by Sasha O'Brien Phillips', said Jack

The trip to Dublin was the first event to mark the start Youth Work Week, during which the FDYS hosted a series of youth-lead activities around the theme of 'Youth Work Works'.

FDYS Chief Executive, Kieran Donohoe, said Youth Work Week seems to be growing more and more popular every year. Free activies were held in youth centres throughout County Wexford.

This year's theme focused on the uniqueness of each young person and how young people can connect to the wider world through participation in their local voluntary youth group.

'Participation in youth groups has a positive impact on the lives of young people and the recent trip to IYMA highlights how young people who are actively engaged in youth groups can plan, participate and fund raise', said Kieran.

'All young people have talents, skills and gifts and something unique to contribute to the world.

'The young people of County Wexford have something positive to contribute and they bring a wealth of skills and knowledge that need to be harnessed, cherished and embraced', he said.

'While supported by their youth workers and volunteers, the real work involved in youth groups is what is lead and managed by the young people themselves'.

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