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National Finals of Youth Work Ireland’s Youth Factor & Youth Games

National Finals of Youth Work Ireland’s Youth Factor & Youth Games; Pictured Ballingarry Youth Club U15 girls’ soccer team (with coaches Sarah Lynch & Matthew Cronin) who will be representing LYS.

Excitement is building ahead of the national finals of Youth Work Ireland’s Youth Factor and Youth Games which will be held in Limerick this weekend.

Co-hosted by Limerick Youth Service, the popular variety show, known as the Youth Factor will take place at LIT’s Millennium Theatre on Saturday, July 1st (12 pm) with the University Arena hosting the Youth Games on Sunday (11 am).  

The Youth Factor will see some of the Emerald Isle’s most talented teens take to stage where they will compete in four categories: Dance, Performance, Music & Song.  

Tickets for this event, which promises to be an afternoon of great family entertainment, cost just €5 and will available on the door but you can pre-purchase them at

On Sunday, July 2nd attention switches to the University Arena, as Ireland’s future sports stars take part in competitions that include: basketball, football, chess, draughts and dodgeball.

The action gets underway at 11:15 am and a morning of great skill, fun and excitement await the Limerick public.

Limerick Youth Service will be represented at both events by teenagers from Askeaton-Ballysteen, Ballingarry, Broadford, Cappagh, Queen of Peace/Janesboro and St. Senan’s/Foynes youth clubs.

Away from the action to young people will enjoy the best of Limerick’s famed hospitality and culture and make new friends.

Youth Work Ireland’s Youth Factor & Games are annual events that see thousands of young people come together to participate, share new experiences and have fun.

The programmes create a space, whether it be on the stage or on the pitch, for young people to support each other and develop skills they may not have the chance to do in a formal education setting.

Youth Work Ireland, of which Limerick Youth Service is a member, is a federation of youth organisations that provides quality youth work programmes and advocates for young people at a national level.

Limerick Youth Service remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures. 

To find out more about Limerick Youth Service, click here.

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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.