Last Friday, Tait House held a Motivational Youth Conference called ‘INSPIRE’ at the University Concert Hall, designed to inspire and encourage Transition Year students and give them the opportunity to visualize what career paths could be open to them in the future. Tait House Community Enterprise (formerly known as Southill House), managed by CEO Tracey Lynch, is a community development co-operative with a number of social enterprise and community services under its wing. Its goal is to promote access and involvement for children, young people and adults through practical experience in a wide range of educational, environmental, recreational, social and economic projects focused around empowering people to improve their own lives and environment. I helped to organise this hugely successful event with Tracey and Project Coordinator Pat Kennedy. Tracey tells me, “I am so proud that Tait House can bring these types of events to the youth of Limerick. I was inspired to hear moving stories of success in all its forms from passionate speakers who all are proud Limerick people. Days like this are why I love my job. I got to look at 540 faces of Limerick’s future leaders.” JP Dillon of Live 95fm acted as compere and key individuals from the fields of Business, Media, Sports and the Arts in Limerick talked about how their life experiences and background influenced their success, covering subjects such as mental health and the importance of education. I was proud to be a guest speaker alongside other Limerick faces including former Mr. World, Kamal Ibrahim, Image Magazine Business Women Year 2012, Vicki O’Toole, CEO of Limerick Chamber of Commerce, Maria Kelly and Robert Kerr of Insomnia Coffee, Dragon’s Den and Newstalk Radio fame who urged the students to “travel and widen your horizons – but come back.” The highlight of the day for me was hearing Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey speak about his life. This incredible man had me in tears talking about growing up as a traveller with illiterate parents, surrounded by drink and drugs and how he overcame it. He had a profound effect on every person listening to his story, stressing the importance of education, telling the youths to “commit yourself to school and college” , adding that “When I became a sports star, all I wanted was to help change and improve the chances of the younger generation to succeed in life.” He truly is an inspiring human being and epitomises someone overcoming the odds and for me is the best of Limerick. For more info go to www.taithouse.ie.
Pictures by Carlos Dasco for ILoveLimerick.com 2014. All Rights Reserved.
Pictures by Cian O Reilly for ILoveLimerick.com 2014. All Rights Reserved.