02 August 2011

Minister for Children Opens Rathcoole Youth Café

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., officially opened a brand new Youth Café in Rathcoole this week.

The Youth Café, a joint effort between Foroige and the Rathcoole Community Council, will offer young people from Rathcoole, Saggart and Newcastle, the opportunity to come and hang out is a safe and fun space in the newly extended Rathcoole Community Centre.

“I was delighted to officially open this brand new facility. As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs it is fantastic to be opening a new Youth café in my own area. An awful lot of work was involved in progressing this concept from an idea into a reality. It would not have been possible without the vision of Sean Reid, the hard work of Tricia O’Halloran, the expertise of Foroige and the support of Ronan McDermott and his colleagues in the Community Council,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

The opening attracted much attention from the local community and young people throughout the area. A young DJ and teenage girlband ‘Lush’ provided the music and the facilities within the café, computer games, table tennis, fussball table and pool table, provided the entertainment.

“This is a fabulous facility which is going to provide young people throughout Rathcoole with a fun and safe space to come and hang out in. With kitchen facilities and smoothie makers the café is designed to give young people their own independence. Youth café’s are modern and successful ways of empowering young people,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

“Foroige have developed a successful model of how to engage with young people and I am delighted that they have played such a huge role in developing this facility here in Rathcoole,” continued Fitzgerald.

“This fabulous new extension is just another example of the innovations and activities of the Rathcoole Community Centre. The Centre continues to thrive and the Foroige Rathcoole Youth Café is a welcome addition to the array of activities and facilities offered right here in the Community Centre,” concluded Frances Fitzgerald.

The new Youth Café will run throughout the summer. 12-15 year olds are inivted to the Youth Café on Wednesday nights while Friday nights will be reserved for 16-18 year olds. The Summer Programme will include movie nights and a special end of summer trip away.