This fantastic initiative takes its name from one of Ireland’s and Connacht’s most influential leaders and greatest sporting heroes, Dermot Earley. It is aimed at 15-18 year olds, particularly those in Transition Year. It was developed to help equip young people with the skills and qualities necessary to be good leaders, and to challenge them to use these skills to improve society.

The initiative has been held successfully in Round Towers Clondalkin for the last two years, with over 40 young people successfully completing the programme.

The 2023/24 programme will be run over 3 modules, on Friday evenings, starting in early October. For more information and details of the initiative, please click here:

There are more FAQs below.

Expressions of interest will be taken from now by emailing: or text / WhatsApp Sharon Jordan 087-7678687

We are also holding an information evening for parents and participants, in the clubhouse, on the evening of Wednesday 27th September – time TBC.



What is the likely schedule?
We plan to run module 1 (15 hours workshop format) October to December, module 2 (15 hours workshop format) January to March and module 3 (action learning project) April to May. Modules 1 and 2 take place Fridays in the clubhouse (where possible) from 6.45pm to 8.45pm.

Must Participants be there for all the sessions?
Full commitment and attendance is expected, and participants will be challenged to engage actively in every session. Over 80% attendance, plus full completion of all workbooks, is needed to successfully achieve the programme.

Do I get a qualification at the end of the programme?
On completion of all 3 modules, participants have the option to apply to graduate from NUI Galway with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action, accredited at NFQ Level 6.

What is the cost involved?
We have an excellent partnership with Luas Transdev who are generous sponsors of this programme and subsidise the costs. To take part in the programme participants pay half of the cost for the workbooks which works out at €20. Application to NUI Galway to be awarded the Certificate is optional, and NUIG charge a fee for their assessment and accreditation process.

Is there a selection process to join the programme?
PLACES ARE LIMITED. Complete the ‘expression of interest’ application form and email it to:

Who will facilitate the programme?
The programme will be run by trained volunteer tutors from Round Tower GAA Club.  It will be delivered based on a structure and resources developed by the GAA and Foróige – for more information contact Sharon Jordan 087-7678687.


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