UDYC’s March Update


National Youth Forum

On Saturday 20th January, the Church of Ireland Youth Department (CIYD) held a National Youth Forum at the City North Hotel in Julianstown, Co. Meath. The delegates from Diocese of Limerick & Killaloe were Adam Gardiner (Askeaton), Robyn Cleary (Nenagh) and James Larkin (Ennis). All three are 5th year students at Villiers School and are regular attenders at UDYC events. They were accompanied to the event by Edward Hardy and myself.   

It was a great experience to see so many young people and youth leaders from throughout the country come together and discuss about faith, church life, youth ministry and how we can build up on these things to reach out to young people. It was brilliant to have Nic and Sally Sheppard (Church Army) there who facilitated the program throughout the day and also Archbishop Richard Clarke who opened up the day, as well as launching CIYD’s new Lent resource for young people, FUEL.











CIYD’s new Lent resource for young people was launched at the Youth Forum on 20th January. FUEL’s purpose is to enable young people and adults to hear God speaking through his words in the Bible. There are questions to help the reader think through what they have read and space to make creative responses to the passages. FUEL takes the reader through the Gospel of John for the 40 days of Lent, and beyond. If you would like copies of FUEL for your youth group or young people in Church please get in touch with Edward at 087/2907553.



Spring Madness Senior Adventure Weekend 2018

 Spring Madness Senior Adventure Weekend 2018 will be an action packed weekend taking place at Castledaly Camp & Conference Centre, Castledaly, Athlone, Co. Westmeath at the start of Easter school holidays from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th March 2018 for all those attending Secondary School.

We plan to have many exciting activities over the weekend including: Varied & Lively Times of Worship with teaching, Icebreaker Games,  Karting at Galway City Karting , Pure Skill Indoor Sports Activity Centre Galway, Swimming, Slides and Inflatable Obstacle Course at Leisureland Galway, Manhunt, Capture the Flag, Table Quiz, Disco, Lots of good food and a little bit of sleep!!!

The weekend will cost €100 per person or €90 each if more than one from same family attending either this weekend or Midlands Alive Junior Weekend. The fee will include all transport, activities, food and accommodation. Return transport will be available to/from event serving Limerick, Nenagh, Moneygall, Roscrea & Birr. Final Date for receipt of bookings is Friday 16th March 2018. Thus if you want an adventure weekend book today for Spring Madness Adventure Weekend 2017!!!


Midlands Alive Junior Weekend 2018

Let the adventure begin! Our Midlands Alive Junior Weekend 2018 will take place at the splendid facilities of the Durrow Centre, Knocknagrally, Durrow, Co. Laois from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th April 2018 for what promises to be an amazing weekend of fun, faith & fellowship. So if you are 10 plus years of age and want a weekend of adventure book today to avoid disappointment!!

During the weekend the following fabulous activities will also be on offer: Zany Icebreaker Games, Awesome and Creative Worship & Workshops, Adventure Activities at Kilkenny Activity Centre (kilkennyactivitycentre.ie) including Splatball, Bubble Soccer & Hell’s Kitchen Assault Course,  Bowling, Laser Quest and Roller Skating Disco at Roll & Bowl Portlaoise, Swimming with Inflatable’s at Portlaoise Leisure Centre (portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie), Some old favourites including soccer; uni-hockey; basketball in new on site sports hall, Disco, Good Food, A bit of sleep and much more FUN, FAITH and FELLOWSHIP than one could ever imagine……..

The weekend will cost €100 per person or €90 each if more than one from same family either this weekend or Spring Madness Senior Adventure Weekend. The fee will include all transport, activities, food and accommodation. Return Transport from/to Limerick, Nenagh, Moneygall, Roscrea. Final Date for receipt of bookings is Friday 6th April 2018.


Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of UDYC will take place on Saturday 21st April 2018 also in Richmond Terrance with refreshments from 2.30 pm and meeting commencing at 3.00 pm. We encourage everyone from throughout United Diocese to attend.


Taking a Leading Role – Part 1

Have you ever thought about becoming a helper at either parish youth club or diocesan youth council events? If the answer is yes well now’s your chance to do something about it. Well, why not come along and join U.D.Y.C. for the first part of our Basic Youth Leadership Course. This will be the first of three weekend courses designed to train and develop our Youth Leaders of the future.

The first weekend will take place from Friday 27th – Sunday 29th April 2018 Django’s Hostel in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary. There will be transport from/ to Limerick. The cost for the full weekend will be €80. In order to come on the weekend one must be 16 years on the first weekend.