Youth area
finals for
Town Hall

YOUTH Work Ireland Louth will hold an area final of its Variety Programme 2011 on Saturday next at the Tain Theatre Town Hall Dundalk.

YOUTH Work Ireland Louth will hold an area final of its Variety Programme 2011 on Saturday next at the Tain Theatre Town Hall Dundalk.

The other area final will take place in Clare.

The groups taking part in the Dundalk final are from Monaghan, Donegal, FDYS in Wexford, North Connaught and the Midlands Regional Youth Service.

The shows start at 12.30 and will run through the afternoon.

Ardee Town Councillor Dolores Minogue, who is involved with Youth Work Ireland, said Louth is looking forward to hosting the area event.

The final will take place in Limerick on 16 April.

Meanwhile, a new youth group has been set up in Ardee.

Cllr Minogue along with Catherine and Paul Mangan, Aine McAdams, Caroline McCormack and Mark Whelan, were the adults to helped get the project off the ground.

A group of Ardee people have come together to set up a youth centre in the town amid growing complaints about anti-social behaviour along the town’s Riverside Walk.

The problem came to a head on St Patrick’s Day last year when about 60 young people, many of them drinking illegally, had gathered at the walk.

“During the Celtic Tiger, they built houses, houses, and more houses, but there was nothing put in place for the kids,” said Cllr Minogue.

Cllr Minogue said something must be done to provide a facility for young people in Ardee.

“The majority of kids who go down to the Riverside Walk are good kids,” Cllr Minogue said.

“Yes, there is anti-social behaviour, but they are not hanging around housing estates harassing people and they are not hanging around the town.

“What we needed to do was get some place where they can socialise properly.

“A group of us came together to set up a youth club.

“There have been successful youth clubs in Ardee and we hope to do as well.”