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IYMAs 2017: Limerick Qualifier is Calling All Local Young Musicians

Jake Mc Ardle,Youth Work Ireland Louth’s 2015 IYMAs Recipient, and Laura Duff, Limerick Youth Services Paul Clancy Songwriter Winner, launching the IYMAs album at the Aviva Stadium.

Teenagers across the midwest are invited to take part in the regional qualifiers of the Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) at Limerick Youth Service’s Lava Javas Youth Café, Lwr Glentworth St, Limerick City on Saturday, February 18th from 3-7pm.

The contest is open to rappers, singers, bands and groups between 13-19 years from all musical genres, with the winners representing Limerick at the National Finals at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, April 22nd.

The IYMAs are a great opportunity for singers, musicians and those interested in all aspects of the music industry, from on stage to behind the scenes, to gain experience of the live music scene.




‘We’re keen to hear from acts who are interested in taking part in the regional qualifier,’ said John Real, Limerick Youth Service.


Limerick band Little Tents at the IYMAS 2016

‘The IYMAs is more of a group work and development project rather than a ‘simply the best’ competition – so all levels are welcome,’ said John, a youth worker at Lava Javas.

Limerick has a great youth music scene and has enjoyed great success at previous IYMAs with local singer-songwriter Laura Duff, of Little Tents fame, winning in 2015 and Distant Youth representing the Treaty City at last year’s event.

‘The local qualifier is the perfect platform to showcase the young musical talent that the city and county has,’ added John.

This year the IYMAS are celebrating their tenth birthday and the winning Limerick act will have their single released as part of an IYMAs album in December.

Located at 5 Lwr Glentworth St, Limerick, Lava Javas is a dedicated Youth Café and home to an active live youth music scene with many well-known acts such as Animal Beats, starting their careers there.

Lava Javas is one of Limerick Youth Service’s four Youth Cafes with the others located in The Factory, Southside Youth Space, the Northside Youth Space and Rathkeale Youth Space.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.