Tipperary hurling legend Eoin Kelly presented young Clonmel men Jake Murphy and Michael O’Connor with European Youthpass certificates in recognition of their participation in the community-based project Art for Us.
“It is terrific to see these young men fulfil their potential. They should be very proud of their accomplishments and I am sure it will stand to them in the future”, he stated.
Jake and Michael, residents of Cúirt an Rí, King Street, led the Chalk It Up project to win Best Street Event at last year’s Junction Festival.
The project was aimed at promoting life and leadership skills as well as creative, critical thinking and teamwork skills, while developing a sense of inclusion and community among young people. It also helped to build social interaction and a sense of pride within Cúirt an Rí and promote a positive image of the estate in the wider community.
Jake said “I really enjoyed working with the kids in Cuirt an Ri because the project brought all the community together.”
Michael said “Being able to see the difference you make in children’s lives and putting a smile on their faces, just by doing art, is amazing.”
Clúid Housing representative Sue Rowley said “It was my pleasure to coordinate the art project and Jake and Michael are exceptional young men. Youthpass is a fantastic tool which makes the value of the work visible, while supporting future career and personal perspectives. The boys provided leadership, support, advice and guidance as they led the projects for the younger children on the estate, significantly broadening the skills of all the young people involved.”
The project was made possible through a grant of €7,100 from the European Youth in Action Programme delivered through Léargas. Artist Jessica Carson was engaged to support and coordinate the programme.
Jake and Michael played key roles in the main activities of the project. These included leading the Chalk it Up event; creating a large mural at Denis Burke Park and creating a moving mural displayed initially at the entrance to the estate and subsequently transferred to the public library.
Clúid Housing Association provides nearly 5000 rented houses and apartments across the country and is responsible for the provision of 41 houses in Cúirt an Rí.
Youthpass is a European recognition tool for non-formal and informal learning in youth work. Youthpass is for projects funded by Erasmus+ Youth in Action and Youth in Action programmes.