Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative

September 29th, 2017 | Club News, News

Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Launched in Kildare GAA

Following on from its successful roll-out in 2015-16, the GAA, Foróige, and NUIG were delighted to launch the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative in Celbridge GAA club on Wednesday 27th September.

The programme was officially launched by Anne-Marie Earley, daughter of the late Dermot Earley Senior. The launch was attended by young people who will be participating in the programme and their parents as well as representatives from Kildare GAA.

Fully supported by the family of the late Dermot Earley Senior, since 2014 the programme has grown its reach from 3 counties to 11 counties (Kildare, Dublin, Offaly, Roscommon, Galway, Tipperary, Cork, Donegal, Monaghan, Antrim and Mayo) giving over 400 young people from 200 clubs the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and aid them to reach their full potential

The initiative is a yearlong programme running over 3 modules from September 2017 to June 2018. It involves 30 hours of workshops designed to develop the leadership skills that Dermot epitmosed on and off the field. Key skills include decision making, communication, leadership, team building, critical thinking and presentation skills. In module 3 participants put their enhanced skills into action through a club or community based action project.

Those who complete all 3 modules will have the opportunity to graduate from NUIG with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action. The workshops are facilitated by a troupe of excellently trained tutors who have already received a Diploma in Training and Education for their efforts and commitment.

For more information on the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership initiative please visit