Dublin's oldest known youth club turns 100 this year.
Dublin's oldest youth club still going strong as it marks centenary
The Belvedere Youth Club - formerly the Belvedere Newsboys’ Club - has been helping the young people of Dublin’s north inner city since its foundation 100 years ago.
In its earliest days, the Buckingham Street club worked to address poverty and deprivation amongst young newspaper sellers.
Since then it has grown and developed to provide a range of vital services for young people
As well as targeted ICT, sports, youth theatre and arts classes, the club provides a drop-in service and extensive after-school programme and homework club.
Young people can spend up to twenty hours a week in the club, getting cooked meals from the kitchen and participating in the various programmes - or simply spending time in a safe place with their friends.
They also benefit from engagement with youth work teams, educational/homework support and career guidance.
Staffed by a team of specialists and professional youth work teams, Belvedere Youth Club now 350 local young members.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said mass in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott Street to mark the centenary.
There will also be a fundraiser dinner dance in the Shelbourne Hotel next month.