February 28, 2023

I Enjoy Learning… Thanks to LYS

Diarmuid O’Connor holds aloft the Fundacion Telmex Telcel Trophy

After the age of 16, Diarmuid O’Connor left school…seven years later, he is studying for a degree.

Speaking about his past experience and what brought him to Limerick Youth Service, Diarmuid said ‘I was unemployed, out of education and had no real sense of direction or purpose in my life.’

‘I was in a bad place. I was a toxic person to be around and was no good to myself or others,’ said Diarmuid as he spoke honestly about his life’s experience.

‘I liked everything about the course… the curriculum was good and the teachers were very supportive’

After a period on the streets Diarmuid checked into the Cuan Mhuire Treatment Centre in Bruree, Co. Limerick, where he was treated for drug addiction and from there his life changed for the better.

‘After leaving treatment I was really motivated to start again and start progressing in life,’ said Diarmuid adding ‘I started linking in with a guidance counsellor and started a Retails Skills course at Limerick Youth Service.’

‘I chose course because it had was a QQI Level 4 qualification, which is something I hadn’t attained before,’ said Diarmuid when asked why he chose the Retail Skills course.

‘would recommend the Limerick Youth Service for people who might be out of education for a while and are looking for a route back into it’

‘I liked everything about the course.  My classmates were sound, the curriculum was good, and the teachers were very supportive,’ said Diarmuid adding ‘if I struggled with anything, they would help me through it in a constructive manner.’

Diarmuid O’Connor, Retails Skills Class

Diarmuid would recommend the Limerick Youth Service for people who might be out of education and are looking for a route back into it.

‘It (Limerick Youth Service) was a great experience and served a great purpose for where I was in my life,’ said Diarmuid.

‘After not finishing secondary school and having quite a bad experience with education, the centre (Community Training Centre) gave me the confidence to pursue an education that I thought I was not capable of or just was not for me,’ said Diarmuid.

‘Today I am enjoying learning and have realised I am good at it, which I think all stemmed from my experience in the training centre (Community Training Centre),’ said Diarmuid.

After graduating from the Retail Skills course Diarmuid studied a QQI Level 5 Business Course in Central College Limerick and progressed to the Technological University of the Shannon’s Moylish Campus (formerly LIT) to study a Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Limerick Youth Service would like to thank Diarmuid for sharing his story and wish him the very best in his future career.

Further education and training courses have been taught at LYS’ Community Training Centre since 1983 and are ideal for young people who have left school early or are unemployed.

Supported by the Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board, the Retails Sales course is a QQI accredited programme that is delivered at Limerick Youth Service’s Community Training Centre, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Limerick Youth Service is a member of Youth Work Ireland and the Irish Association of Community Training Organisations.

Limerick Youth Service remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.