Proactive Louth Comhairle na nog gaining national recognition
LOUTH COMHAIRLE na nOg is the top performing junior county council in the country, it was stated at the launch of the group's 'Be Positive, Be You' smartphone app last Wednesday.
Mary Deary of Louth County Council said that Louth's Comhairle na nOg had got national recognition for their hard work which last year saw them launching a DVD.
For this year's project they focused on providing information about mental health issues and suicide prevention to young people.
She praised the support which they had received from youth development officers Kevin Moran and Lawrence Moley.
In addition to developing the app, Louth Comhairle na nOg have written a song which they hope to record in the coming weeks.
They came up with the lyrics and music during a weekend workshop with singer/songwriters Sophie Coyle and Sean Bradley.
They also took a stall promoting the 'Be Positive, Be You' mental health message at the Vantastival Music Festival at which they distributed information cards with contact numbers.
They have a music event of their own planned for early September.
Comhairle na nOg chairperson Cathal Manning, De La Salle College, Dundalk, explained that they had selected mental health as their chosen topic to work on for the year.
'After the topic was chosen we met up as a group looking at ways of promoting mental health issues,' recalled Gerard Maguire, Colaiste Ris, Dundalk.
'We've been working on the app since last September when the agenda was set at the annual conference,' said Paul Finn, Colaiste Ris.