Work gets underway on Athy Youth quarter

There was much celebration in Athy last week with the re-launch of its Youth Cafe and plans are progressing well for a new state-of-the-art Skate Board park nearby.

There was much celebration in Athy last week with the re-launch of its Youth Cafe and plans are progressing well for a new state-of-the-art Skate Board park nearby.

Local representatives Cathaoirleach Richard Daly, Cllrs Thomas Redmond, Aoife Breslin, James Mahon and Martin Heydon TD attended the official re-opening of the Athy Youth Cafe, located in the former quaker premises on Meeting Lane. First opened in 2009 it is now run by Kildare Youth Services.

A youth cafe is a place for young people to hang out, explained youth worker Steven Fahy. The cafe in Athy has a kitchen, a chill-out area, as well as a place for young people to play pool, the xbox, Wii console and beanbag chairs.

The cafe will be run by young people but with adult supervision. It currently has 10 volunteers ready to be trained up, but it is seeking more volunteers.

The long-term plan for the area is to create a youth quarter, to include a skate board park, an outdoor gym and other youth-based facilities. Funding has yet to be secured for these plans and Mr Fahy is optimistic.

The skates are on as things are certainly looking brighter for the young people of Athy.