Young people have always been central to the work of the Lantern. Students from Ballyphehane secondary school were very involved in the early stages of the project when it was based in South Presentation. 

We are proud to partner with the national youth organization Foroige  in providing space for the Greenmount Youth Café, Youth Development Programme and Big Brother Big Sister matches.

Youth Café

Foróige / Greenmount Youth Café is a youth centred space for young people to chill and hang out with their friends in a safe and secure environment. For more information contact:

Opening times

Mondays 6-8pm for 12-13 yrs
Fridays    6-8pm for 14-15yrs

Number of young people and volunteers

There are about 30 young people accessing the youth cafe on Monday and Friday nights. There are currently 5 volunteers helping with the running of the cafe. 

We are in the process of recruiting more volunteers. If you would like to volunteer with the cafe please contact Sinead McGrath 086-8364366.

Greenmount Youth Development Project 


The general ethos of the Greenmount Youth Development Project is that we believe each person is:

  • Unique
  • Creative
  • Can take responsibility
  • Is interdependent with others
  • Can make a difference to the world
  • Can have an influence
  • Can learn from every situation


The purpose of the Greenmount Youth Development Project is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and in the development of society. We aim to empower young people to develop their own abilities and attributes, to think for themselves, to make things happen and to contribute to their community and society. As a result, they develop greater self-confidence, self-reliance, resilience and greater capacity to take charge of their lives. 

Service Provision 

The Greenmount Youth Development Project provides a relevant and effective youth service to young people living in the Greenmount community. The project operates from Monday to Saturday, including evenings.

Defining Features of the GYDP are:

  • young people have ownership of the process, 
  • the individual needs of each young person is central to the programmes delivered
  • young people can learn by doing, 
  • young people are actively involved in the community; 
  • the project is community based.


Nora McCarthy (086) 3872048
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Foroige Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an internationally recognised youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures. Big Brothers Big Sisters nationally and internationally is proven through research to improve young people’s wellbeing, improve their social support and relationships with others. BBBS is operated in Ireland by Foróige If you believe that becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister is for you, then why hesitate - apply to volunteer today! There are so many young people waiting to have a Big Brother or Big Sister. Please contact your local Foroige Big Brother Big Sister Project Worker Susan on 086-0412946

Partner Organisations

Young People  More Info

Migrant Centre More Info

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