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Photographed at the KDYS youth day at the INEC was  Laura Griffin from Dingle.
Photograph by Sally MacMonagle.

PHOTOS: Over 1,500 Young People Enjoy KDYS Youth Day

March 12, 2019 at 2:14 pm Comments are Disabled

KDYS Youth Day took place at the INEC Killarney on Sunday last and brought together over 1,500 young people from all over Kerry to celebrate, innovate and illustrate what it means to be young in Kerry today. Youth Day has now grown to become one of the largest annual youth […]

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Gardaí with award winners at the ceremony held on Christmas Day at the KDYS>

Young People Receive Awards At Christmas Day Party In KDYS

January 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm Comments are Disabled

THIRTEEN local children were honoured on Christmas Day at an awards ceremony and party in the KDYS Hall on Denny St organised by The Happy Memories Store (Courthouse Lane) and the Tralee Chamber Alliance. The event was the Valued Inspirational People awards and people were asked to nominate young people who play […]

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Launching a new youth club for Tralee were, in front; Jenny Slattery, Elizabeth Slattery, Niamh Higgins and Katie Kennedy. At back; Orlad Higgins, Olga Slattery, Carol Nyhan.

Parents Set Up Youth Club So Teenagers Can Get Together At Weekends

September 27, 2018 at 4:07 pm 1 comment

A GROUP of parents from Tralee have set up a new youth club so that their young teenagers can socialise somewhere safe on Friday nights. The new club is the brainchild of Lisa Martin and Catriona Kennedy who found that their teenage girls wanted to go to discos, but were […]

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Jacinta O'Mahony, Anne Buggy, Sandra O'Callaghan and Pat Clapham  at the “Summer Cooking Made Easy” Cookery Demo in aid of KDYS on Monday evening at the Manor West Hotel. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Mark And Gaelle Give Tips For Summer Cooking At Demo

June 27, 2018 at 11:04 am Comments are Disabled

THE weather is perfect for summer cooking and those who showed up on Monday night at the Manor West Hotel certainly got plenty ideas for the weeks ahead. Chef Mark Doe of Just Cooking fame gave a cookery demonstration as a fundraiser for the KDYS, ably assisted by ‘Apprentice Chef’ […]

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Mark Doe is joined by representatives from KDYS in launching the “Summer Cooking Made Easy” night.

Chef Mark To Share Summer Food Ideas At Fundraiser For KDYS

June 14, 2018 at 2:11 pm Comments are Disabled

FOR all those who are looking to be inspired with new summer food ideas and become the perfect summer host then this may be the solution. Chef Mark Doe of “Just Cooking” fame will be giving a Cookery Demonstration on Monday, June 25 in Manor West Hotel at 7.30pm as […]

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Ailish O’Neill, National Youth Health Programme Manager pictured presenting Rena Powell,  Health Promotion Officer with the Kerry Diocesian Youth Service with a Gold Standard Health Quality Mark (HQM) from the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) in Killarney on Friday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

KDYS Wins Gold Standard Award For Health Promotion For Young People

December 4, 2017 at 1:24 pm Comments are Disabled

KERRY Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS) was awarded the Gold Standard Health Quality Mark (HQM) in recognition of their work on health promotion for young people in the Kerry area, at a special event held in KDYS Youth Centre in Killarney on Friday. Ailish O’Neill, National Youth Health Programme Manager  presented Rena […]

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Lin Moriarty, Rebekah Crean and Leanne O'Grady representing KDYS  with Deputy Martin Ferris.

KDYS And Ógras Take Part In National Youth Showcase

October 7, 2017 at 9:46 am Comments are Disabled

THE National Youth Showcase entitled ‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ took place in the Mansion House, Dublin recently with young people from Kerry taking part. The showcase on September 27 brought together over 350 young people representing every constituency in Ireland to celebrate the value, diversity and vitality of youth work […]

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The winning 'Avenue' team with organisers and supporters at the Garda/KDYS soccer blitz. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: The Avenue Wins Out At Garda/KDYS Soccer Blitz

July 26, 2017 at 10:59 am Comments are Disabled

THERE was some great skill and talent on show at the KDL pitches in Mounthawk on Tuesday for the annual Tralee Garda Soccer Blitz. The event was organised by Tralee Community Policing and KDYS Key Service -A Kerry Garda Divisional Service Model Funded by IYJS & Supported by EU structural […]

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Students at Coláiste Gleann Lí preparing for a music performance as part of Kerry Music Education Partnership’s pilot Take Note Vocal and Instrumental Tuition Initiative.

Hopes For New Music Education Initiatives For Young People Across Kerry

March 15, 2017 at 1:59 pm Comments are Disabled

KERRY Education and Training Board in partnership with Kerry County Council, the Institute of Technology, Tralee, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Ealain na Gaeltachta and local music educators and schools have announced their intention to apply to Music Generation for up to €600,000 in seed funding to develop new music education initiatives […]

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Recruitment Drive For Mentors Underway At KDYS

Recruitment Drive For Mentors Underway At KDYS

February 19, 2017 at 11:11 am Comments are Disabled

KDYS have started recruiting for their new Mentor Project Volunteer Programme, which encourages people to make a difference in a young person’s life. They are looking for people who can spare 2-3 hours per week to dedicate to the mentoring programme. The recruitment drive is focused on finding positive role […]

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Gemma O'Brien makes a presentation to Christine Coffey at her farewell party at KDYS Denny Street on Tuesday. Photo by Lisa O'Mahony

PHOTOS: Chris Says Farewell To KDYS After 20 Years Service

January 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Kerry Diocesan Youth Centre (KDYS), Tralee, said goodbye today to one of its long serving employees, Christine Coffey, after 20 years with the organisation. Over 30 employees and volunteers gathered to show Chris their gratitude and support. The KDYS acknowledged Christine’s contribution to the work of the organisation and thanked her for […]

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Sarah McGaley, Aldi’s Rathass, Tralee store “Charity Champion” and Assumpta Sweeney, Administrator at Kerry Diocesan Youth Service. Photo: Don MacMonagle

KDYS Benefits From Supermarket’s Community Support Fund

October 14, 2016 at 11:49 am Comments are Disabled

KERRY Diocesan Youth Service were awarded €500 by Aldi’s Rathass, Tralee store staff as part of the supermarket giant’s  community support fund. The KDYS is the latest group to benefit from the fund in recognition of its tremendous work within the local community and to help support its vital services. The €500 […]

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Photographed at the Annual Kerry Diocesan Youth Service day in the INEC Killarney on Sunday were from left, Emma O'Connor, Ballyheigue and Fiona Dinneen, Ballyheigue.
Photograph by Sally MacMonagle 

 Press release
KDYS Youth Day 2016
KDYS Youth Day took place at the INEC Killarney on Sunday last 17 April 2016 bringing together well over 1,000 young people from all over Kerry to celebrate, innovate and illustrate what it means to be young in Kerry today.

What is KDYS Youth Day?

KDYS Youth Day is an opportunity to celebrate the creative force and the innovative impetus that young people bring to every society.  The annual event, which has been running for 40 years, see’s the active participation of over 1,000 Youth Club Members and hundreds of Volunteer Leaders from across the Diocese of Kerry.  KDYS clubs support and enable young people to be active citizens helping to build stronger communities all around the County. They do this while having fun and promoting collective well-being. – Youth Day 2016, in Killarney on Sunday 17th April, marked a job well done for the 2015/16 season ending with a huge party taking over the INEC for the day.

A small selection of what was on offer throughout the day included Surf Simulator, Dance, Magic, Games, Fitness Challenge, Hair & Beauty, Variety Competition, Live Band (The fab Chapter 2 from Tralee) and of course the Mega Disco.  The emphasis was on fun, fun, fun…. designed to encourage as much getting stuck in as possible and the “punters” did just that!

KDYS Director Tim O Donoghue said: ‘Youth Day is a day where we celebrate the positivity and spirit of all young people in Kerry. Our programme of work is designed to ensure that all young people who participate in KDYS realise their potential and learn the skills to help them make good choices in their lives. We are there to facilitate and to provide the space for young people to become active members of their communities and one thing is for sure they never cease to amaze us with their vision, their creativity and their positivity. Let’s hope that our next government realise the importance of this and prioritise investment in opportunities for young people and we nurture our young to become leaders in our society.’

In the year that’s in it 1916 also got a look in with young people being encouraged to participate in Snap Ciarraí.   This is an initiative of the Trustees of Muckross House who are seeking the assistance of the public in compiling a photographic record of current day County Kerry to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising (see

Photo Booths, Selfies and “Traditional Snappers” all captured the smiling happy people that was KDYS Youth Day 2016. 
Further information please contact:
Tim O Donoghue, CEO, KDYS
T: 0872383396

PHOTOS: Nearly 1,400 Young People Gather For KDYS Youth Day At INEC

April 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm Comments are Disabled

KDYS Youth Day took place at the INEC Killarney on Sunday last, April 17, bringing together well 1,379 young people from all over the Diocese of Kerry to celebrate, innovate and illustrate what it means to be young in Kerry and Cork today. The day was an opportunity to celebrate the creative force […]

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Breda Dyland from the Kerry Cancer Support with KDYS students who took part in a pyjama morning in aid of the Kerry Cork Link Bus.

KDYS Students’ ‘Pyjama Morning’ Raises Funds For Kerry Cancer Support Services

December 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm Comments are Disabled

IN what was the final day before nipping off for the Christmas holidays, LCA students at KDYS had a morning with a difference in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group. A pyjama morning was held for the charity that runs the vital Kerry Cork Health Link Bus. Students raised […]

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Government To Meet With KDYS About New Youth Facility

Government To Meet With KDYS About New Youth Facility

December 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Government is to meet with Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS) to progress plans for a landmark youth facility in Kerry. Kerry TD Deputy Tom Fleming (Ind)  raised the matter of urgently-needed investment in youth services in Kerry in the Dáil. He also welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Children, […]

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Gardaí Investigate After Teens Falsely Claim To Collect Cash For KDYS

Gardaí Investigate After Teens Falsely Claim To Collect Cash For KDYS

August 10, 2015 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

GARDAÍ in Tralee are investigating after two teenage girls went door to door claiming to collect money for the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service. The girls, carrying clipboards, went to homes in the Ballyrickard, Kerries and Spa Road areas on Friday and Saturday night and persuaded people to give them money. […]

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Over €47,000 Allocated For KDYS Youth Centre In Denny Street

Over €47,000 Allocated For KDYS Youth Centre In Denny Street

May 13, 2015 at 10:05 am Comments are Disabled

A SUM of €47,935 has been allocated for KDYS Youth Centre, in Denny Street, for roof works and electrical/mechanical upgrades. Fine Gael TD for Kerry and Minister of State with Responsibility for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, has warmly welcomed the funding. “The announcement of this significant funding is a fantastic boost for […]

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Aaron Hutchinson and Michal Wagner of the KDYS Live Band Project

Live Band Project Provides Space For Teens To Grow Musically

March 18, 2015 at 10:49 am 1 comment

  DEEP in the heart of the KDYS building on Denny Street, behind a locked door, in what may very well once have been a broom cupboard is a cluttered room. It’s edges are lined with drums, gituars, keyboards, amps, mics, cables and boxes of precussion instruments. Behind a little […]

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Interview: End Of An Era For Teen Rockers As Music Project Finishes

Interview: End Of An Era For Teen Rockers As Music Project Finishes

January 30, 2015 at 10:03 am Comments are Disabled’s Fergus Dennehy talks to John Buggy about the end of a project which was important to the lives of many young people over the past 12 years… THE Live Band Project (LBP) which has entertained and educated hundreds of young people over the last 12 years has finished its long work […]

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At the Halloween Fancy Dress Fun Run & Inflatable Disco Dome were, from left: Brid O'Shea, Lily Collins and Amy O'Shea. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Chamber Alliance Ensures Kids Enjoy Halloween-Themed Events

October 30, 2014 at 9:54 am Comments are Disabled

MONSTERS, ghosts and ghouls were let loose in the town park on Wednesday when around 120 children took part in a free Halloween themed fun-run. The event called the ‘Halloween Fancy Dress Fun Run and Inflatable Disco Dome’ was  organised by the Tralee Chamber Alliance and the Born To Run running […]

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