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April 2002

European Youth Online Magazine


Young people in Europe

Hello from CityLife
in Dublin

My name is John Dunne;

My nickname is 'Wacker'. I am a 16-year-old boy. I live in Dublin's inner city with my parents, two brothers and one sister.
My hobbies are boxing (I am a member of the local Corinthians Club). I train four days a week, particularly Sundays. I like swimming. I support the English Premier League football team, Liverpool. I used to play football but I damaged a cartilage in my knee so now I am back into boxing.

My name is also John Dunne

, but I am no relation to the other John Dunne on the CityLife project.
I like football, swimming, boxing and rally cars.
I am 16 years old on December 10th 1998. I live in Summerhill. My dream would be to be a stock car driver.
And I'm a sexy looking devil.

My name is Alison Walsh.

I am a 17-year-old girl.
I live in Dublin's inner city.
I work at Sunflower Recycling's CityLife. (Youthstart) project 3.5 days a week (Monday to Thursday).
I would like to be involved in an exchange with other young people from Germany.
My hobbies are going out with my friends, having fun, swimming, listening to the radio, going to discos.
I would be pleased to get a reply from you.
Best wishes Alison Walsh.

Dear Sir, Dear Madam.

My name is Samantha Sattell.

I am a 17 year old female . I live in Sean O'Casey Avenue, Dublin 1, Ireland.
I work in a Youthstart Project . I work three and half days a week it is called Sunflower. I would like to take part in the exchange with other pupils from Germany.
My hobbies are horse-riding and dancing.
On my free time I like going out dancing.
Best Wishes
Samantha Sattell.

My name is Margaret Brennan.

I am 17 years old. I live in Dorset Street, Dublin.
I am attending a Youthstart course, something similar to what you are doing. I really enjoy it. We have good fun too.
I also work part time - two nights a week - in a pub (bar) close by to where I live.
I have four brothers and three sisters and one nephew.
I speak some German as I did it for five years in school. My hobbies are swimming and aerobics. On the weekends I love to go clubbing.
Auf Wiedersehn

Meet more youngsters from the project on the " Friends/Letters"-Site


28 April 1999 - Press Release


Garda, Politicians and Dublin City Council Join Inner City Youngsters in An Taisce National Spring Clean in Seán MacDermott Street Politicians, Dublin City Council and the Garda [police] joined forces with 10 (ten) teenagers from Dublin's north inner city today (Wednesday 28 April) in leading a clean-up of the pedestrian area behind Lourdes Church, Seán MacDermott Street, leading to Rutland Street School.


The clean sweep was a local initiative by young adults training with CityLife as part of National Spring Clean, organised by An Taisce - The National Trust of Ireland and the Department of the Environment. CityLife is an urban regeneration and recycling project sponsored by Sunflower Recycling and supported by the EU EMPLOYMENT (Youthstart) programme. Its participants are all from the Seán MacDermott Street, Summerhill and Ballybough areas.
     One of the CityLife participants, 17-year-old Alison Walsh, from Portland Close, said:
     "We intend to follow up this initiative with an information campaign aimed at adults and young people locally. We want to try and reduce the amount of litter, debris, rubbish and the dumping of household waste and domestic appliances in public areas where kids play and go to school."
     Among those who turned out to lend a hand were Alderman Tony Gregory TD, Councillor Christy Burke and Senator Joe Costello. An Taoiseach [Premier], Bertie Ahern TD, was represented by Cyprian Brady. Garda Gerard O'Sullivan, from Fitzgibbon Street Police Station, helped to clean up the street, along with a Dublin Corporation [local authority] team headed by Frank McIlhenny.
     Tiny tots from the Holy Child Pre-School, Seán MacDermott Street, also got to work with their mini brooms and brushes to set a shining example for the adults.


Colour photos

of the event are available from CityLife, including:

  • Garda O'Sullivan wielding a broom with Seán MacDermott Street Church in the background;

  • The Holy Child Pre-school clean-up squad;

  • A team photo of all the participants.

Details/Pics Contact:
John Hedges (CityLife Co-ordinator)
Tel: 087 222 7608.


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