Galway Junior Cert Students to Celebrate at Drug and Alcohol-free Event

Over 900 young people from Galway City will receive their long awaited junior certificate results next Wednesday 10th September. For the third year running, all of the relevant youth agencies in the city will join together to provide a safe, drug and alcohol free venue for each junior certificate student in Galway to celebrate the achievement of completing their first state exam.

Every student who receives their results next Wednesday will receive a free invitation to the mega-party, which will take place in Leisureland. The party will kick off at 8.30pm and will continue until 12 midnight.  A key feature of this party is that it will be supervised by over 50 experienced volunteers, including personnel from the youth agencies involved, security personnel and a number of volunteers from the Hibernian Insurance Volunteer Initiative.

In previous years, there has been a well-documented lack of appropriate events organised for young people after the announcement of the junior certificate results, and the follow-on from this has tended to be a night fraught with anti-social behaviour as young people socialise in unsuitable venues.   In an effort to combat this, the Health Service Executive, Foróige, Galway City Partnership, Galway City VEC, An Garda Síochána, Galway City Council, Youth Work Ireland and the Galway City Post Primary Schools have come together to provide this safe social outlet for young people to celebrate in.

John Fitzmaurice of HSE West explains: This is a great example of agencies working together in partnership for the common good. It is only right and appropriate that these students get some recognition for sitting their first state examinations.  Our goal is to make it a memorable and safe night for everybody involved.


Young people who wish to attend this event mustcomplete an application form which includes a passport photograph and contact details for their parents. These forms will be returned to the school, stamped by the school and the young people will then register their attendance on the night. Parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure the safe arrival and collection of their son or daughter from the event.

This invitation-only party is a drug and alcohol free event. However, should a young person arrive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their parents will immediately be contacted and expected to collect their son or daughter.

A contact mobile number is issued to parents should they need to contact the committee on the night

Last updated on: 03 / 09 / 2008