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Comhairle na nÓg Gender Projects - Members of Limerick Comhairle na nÓg at the launch of their Gender Equality and LGTQIA+ Projects at Ormston House, Limerick. Picture: Ken Coleman. Comhairle na nÓg Gender Projects - Members of Limerick Comhairle na nÓg at the launch of their Gender Equality and LGTQIA+ Projects at Ormston House, Limerick. Picture: Ken Coleman.

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Comhairle na nOg Gender Projects address gender, sexuality, the Pride flag and Limerick’s LGBTQIA+ community

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Comhairle na nÓg Gender Projects – Members of Limerick Comhairle na nÓg at the launch of their Gender Equality and LGTQIA+ Projects at Ormston House, Limerick. Picture: Ken Coleman.

The project includes a documentary on Limerick’s LGBTQIA+ community

Limerick Comhairle na nÓg recently launched their gender equality and LGBTQIA+-themed projects at Ormston House, Patrick St, Limerick.

The Comhairle na nÓg gender projects include several short videos that address gender, sexuality, the Pride flag and a documentary on Limerick’s LGBTQIA+ community. These will all be used as part of workshops for schools and youth organisations.

The Comhairlí also launched two murals that are located at Island Road, King’s Island and Moylish Road, Ballynanty respectively.

The mural in Ballynanty celebrates women and girls, while the mural on Island Road (opposite St. Mary’s Church) is a call or young people to be heard. 

‘For the past few years, Limerick Comhairle na nÓg have been working on these projects and it’s great to see them launched tonight,’ said Christine Houghton, Chairperson, Limerick Comhairle na nÓg.

‘The video package will be a great asset to schools and youth organisation in promoting awareness of LGTBQIA+ related issues in terms of terminology, education and support,’ said Christine.

‘The two murals use the medium of street art to promote equality-related topics in terms of gender and age,’ said Christine.

Limerick Youth Service’s John Real thanked all who attended the launch and all who worked on the respective projects while he reserved a special word of praise for the young people with Limerick Comhairle na nÓg.

‘They deserve great credit for their creativity, enthusiasm and commitment to the projects, particularly during the challenges of the past few years,’ said John Real, co-ordinator, Limerick Comhairle na nÓg.

‘The videos will be a great asset to young people and the wider public in understanding the various terms used by members of the LGBTQIA+ community, while the murals are eye-catching are already forcing people to stop and question,’ said John.

All the Comhairle na nÓg videos can be viewed at www.limerickyouthservice.com/comhairle-2021-22/ or by clicking on the respective links below Gender and Sexuality, The Rainbow Flag, Coming Out and LGBTQIA+ Documentary.

Limerick Comhairle na nÓg is one of thirty-one youth councils nationwide which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies.

Supported by Limerick Youth Service and Limerick City & County Council, Limerick Comhairle na nÓg gives a voice to young people allowing them to influence government policy at a local and national level.

A member of Youth Work Ireland and the Irish Association of Community Training Centres, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.

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