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Limerick Youth Service hosts its annual variety show Youth Factor 2017

Pictured at Youth Factor 2017 are Fiona O’Grady, Limerick Youth Service CEO, Siobhan Jackson, School of Dance, Sarah Moynihan, St. Senan’s YC/Foynes, Ciara Meade, Music Generation & William Reidy, West Limerick 102FM. Photo: John Power

Young people from across Limerick descended on the University Concert Hall on Friday last, as the best of Limerick’s talented teens took the stage for Limerick Youth Service’s annual variety show, Youth Factor 2017!

The event, which continues to grow in popularity, saw over twenty acts bravely take part four categories: dance, performance, song & music and showcase their talent in front of a packed house.

From covers of Journey’s anthem, Don’t Stop Believing to traditional Irish music and very entertaining comedy sketches, the judging panel of William Reidy, West Limerick 102FM, Siobhan Jackson, School of Dance and Ciara Meade, Music Generation, faced the unenviable task of choosing the winner.




After careful deliberation, Foynes native Sarah Moynihan, St. Senan’s Youth Club’s took first prize in the highly competitive Song Category with his acoustic version of Birdy’s Wings.

Youth Factor 2017

Pictured at Youth Factor 2017 are William Reidy, West Limerick 102FM, Siobhan Jackson, School of Dance, Aoife Kavanagh, Queen of Peace/Janesboro Youth Club & Ciara Meade, Music Generation Limerick City. Photo: John Power

Traditional music group Shannonside Trad, which features members of Cappagh/St. Senan’s Youth Clubs emerged victorious in the Music Category.

One of the loudest cheers of the night was reserved for Janesboro’s Aoife Kavanagh, Queen of Peace Youth Club, who skipped her way to success in the Dance Category with their traditional Irish dance routine.

Fedamore Youth Club wowed the judges with their comedic classroom sketch as they won the Performance Category that had the audience in stitches.

Youth Factor 2017 also featured a Banner Competition which proved a huge hit with Queen of Peace Youth Club taking home the prize back to Janesboro. 

Limerick Youth Service wishes to congratulate the young people who took the stage on Friday night and wish the winners the very best in this year’s national finals which will take place on Saturday, July 1st at the Millennium Theatre, Limerick.

Limerick Youth Service would like to thank the young people, volunteers, students on placement, sponsors, the University Concert Hall who went above and beyond in making the event such as a success. 

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

To read more about Limerick Youth Service click here

To read more about competitions in Limerick click here

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.