Proud clubs on brink of closure

    Ballycallan Foroige enjoy a picnic at their club

    THE DOORS of three local clubs are barely ajar as an SOS for help goes out today.

    Ballycallan, Gowran & Callan Foróige Clubs may not reopen unless new volunteers are found.

    Club activity will not go ahead this year without the recruitment of additional volunteers.

    Foróige is calling on interested members of the community to get in contact.

    Rosie O’Brien, Regional Youth Officer for Foróige in the South East told The Reporter Foróige needed volunteers to step forward or risk losing these outlets for young people.

    “Without the support of local people, giving up their time, we cannot go forward,” she said.

    “Volunteering in Foróige really helps to empower and develop young people in society, but it also has massive benefits for adult leaders.

    “Volunteers tell us that it reduces stress, helps them to find friends, connects them to the community, helps them learn new skills, and even advances their careers.

    Anne Drea, a volunteer with Gowran Foróige Club said Foróige had so much to offer both young people and adult volunteers through training, structured national programmes, activities and events.

    “I encourage adults in communities where Foróige clubs are present to get involved and join the Foróige team.”

    There are Foróige clubs in Ballycallan, Ballyfoyle, Callan, Castlecomer, Cuffesgrange-Danesfort, Gowran, Inistioge, Paulstown, Piltown and Stoneyford.

    “Many of these clubs are recruiting volunteers to ensure they can keep their doors open,” Ms O’Brien said.
    If you are interested in volunteering please contact Rosie on 086-2997677 or

    Foróige provides youth clubs and services to young people aged between 10 and 18.

    Clubs are run by highly trained volunteers. At the clubs young members can meet up, play games, avail of trips away, attend youth discos, and become involved in programmes on entrepreneurship, leadership and citizenship.