Longford’s Foróige group is getting ready to host one of the organisation’s biggest annual events – the HYPE Festival. The event, which will take place on Saturday May 19, will see over 5,000 Foróige members arrive in Longford Town.
The HYPE (Helping Young People Everywhere) Festival will feature the following bands: UV5, Aftermath, Storyfold, This Club, The Kanyu Tree, Roy Seven and Fergal Darcy.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Longford and we’re looking forward to a great day at the Longford Rugby Club,” said Jim Maher, Foróige Regional Officer.
Speaking to the Leader recently, Mr Maher also commented on the 42nd Annual Foróige Leader’s Conference which was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin.
“President Michael D. Higgins was there to officially open the event. It was also a celebration of the 60th anniversary. In his speech he talked about young people being the future of Ireland and that this is how Foróige fits into that future,” said Mr Maher.
In a statement issued to the Leader, the President is quoted as has having commented upon “active citizenship” and “volunteerism”.
“In my inaugural speech, I spoke of the importance of active citizenship and I believe that the value of volunteerism in any community should be recognised for the life enhancing good it does in just about every corner of our island,” said the President. Paying tribute to the organisation as a whole, President Higgins continued: “So much of what Foróige does nurtures the curious mind, prepares it for adult life, and also provides young people with valuable skill sets to meet challenges. The range of services and opportunities you provide are hugely impressive by any standard including a number of firsts; the first organisation to provide general youth work services in disadvantaged areas; for example, working with An Garda Siochána to roll out one of the first Garda Youth Diversion Projects; Drug and Alcohol Prevention Projects; bringing the internationally proven one to one mentoring programme ‘Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ to Ireland.” Focusing upon Longford’s standing within the national Foróige network, Mr Maher said: “It has been built up a good bit in Longford. There were three clubs and now there are 10 and one youth café. There is also the LEAP project organised by the Gardaí Youth Diversion Project.”