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Former Mountjoy Governor celebrates 25 years of Youthreach

John Lonergan being presented with a donation for Barnardos. L/R: Antoinette Coffey (AEO), Sharon-Christine Harding, Edward Doheney and John Lonergan

John Lonergan being presented with a donation for Barnardos. L/R: Antoinette Coffey (AEO), Sharon-Christine Harding, Edward Doheney and John Lonergan

January 15th was a groundbreaking day in the history of Roscrea Youthreach in Tipperary, North and South.

John Lonergan hosted an afternoon with 95 Youthreach students where all centres from North and South Tipperary converged under the one umbrella of Tipperary Education Training Board (TETB) for the first time to celebrate 25 years in existence of the Youthreach provision.

The afternoon was organised by Yvonne Meade (Resource Person) and Ester Mackey (Coordinator) from Roscrea Education Centre and was held in the Garda College in Templemore. Roscrea Youthreach was joined by the Youthreach in Templemore and Cappawhite.

John Lonergan covered many different topics such as what life was like for inmates in prison and what life was like in prison as an employee and some of the changes that have occurred. John further discussed the importance of self-preservation in terms of the importance of looking after oneself such as doing sport and being involved in any physical activity with others. This, he maintained, has positive ripple effects in terms of gaining confidence, making friends, understanding loss and being resilient to what life throws at you.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.

 
 
 

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