Supporting Minorities

Limerick Youth Service (LYS) engages with and supports young people from minority communities who may need additional and targeted supports.

Migrant & Asylum Seekers

LYS promotes diversity and understanding of different cultures among young people, families and communities.

Through its Lava Javas Youth Project and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), LYS supports young people from different ethnic background who are living in Limerick.

The youth groups give young people an opportunity to spend time with their peers from their respective community, ethnic group or country where they can share their experiences of living in Ireland.

As part of the ESOL course, the young people study English while they have the opportunity to take part in other projects and programmes at the Community Training Centre.

The young people can also access support and information that can assist them as they settle in Ireland.

The young people are from a variety of countries including coming Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Syria, Sudan and Ukraine.


Shay Moloney, Migrant Youth Worker, LYS Lava Javas Youth Project

Tel: 086-8907671

Ann-Maire Garahee, Teacher, LYS Community Training Centre

Tel: 061-412444


LGBTQIA+ Youth Group

The LGBTQIA+ Youth Group is an inclusive space for people who identify ofor young people who are looking for a safe space to express themselves and meet like-minded peers.

Group Times:

  • Teenagers (14-18yrs)
    • Limerick Youth Service, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick V94 YF05
    • Fridays, 3-5pm
  • Contact:
    • Emily at
    • Tel: 087-3508572
  • Young Adults (19-23yrs)
    • Venue TBC
    • Tuesdays, Times TBC
  • Contact
    • TBC

The LGBTQIA+ Youth Group is a partnership with GOSSH.

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Traveller Youth Development

Limerick Youth Service has a number of groups that work primarily with members of the Travelling Community.

These groups meet weekly at youth spaces across Limerick City & County and work on topics such as mental wellbeing and healthy eating in addition to social and personal development programmes.