Mon, Dec 4th, 2017
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Léargas Forum on Tuesday 28 November at Dublin Castle Conference Centre. We kicked off the day at 10 am with a thought-provoking ensemble performance by Crooked House Theatre Company, exploring Europe today and young people’s reaction to it. Léargas Executive Director Jim Mullin gave an insightful introduction, followed by the keynote speech by Barbara Nolan of the Erasmus+ Coordination Unit in the European Commission. Ursula Halligan chaired a lively panel discussion ‘European Citizenship, 30 Years On’ with panellists Ger Brennan of St. John’s Central College Cork, Aoife Dare from the Irish Refugee Council, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Peter Hussey of Crooked House Theatre. Barbara Nolan joined the discussion also. Léargas project showcases were next with a diverse selection of twelve projects featured from all over Ireland.
The afternoon session opened with a moving performance from Galway Community Circus and then we held four workshops. These were ‘Screenagers: Active Citizenship in a Digital Era’ delivered by the National Youth Council of Ireland; ‘One Good Adult: Mental Health Challenges and Supports for Young People from Jigsaw; ‘See the Change, Sustain the Change’ by Léargas Impact Research Officer Charis Hughes; and an introduction to the European Solidarity Corps by Suzanne Kavanagh from Léargas. We are delighted to say that #LeargasForum was trending on a hectic news day and we had a lot of traffic on social media. It was great to see lots of new faces on the day and reconnect with familiar faces too!