New gaming café to open for first time this weekend
A GROUP of enterprising teenagers have launched a new gaming café where young people from the town can get together and enjoy video games in a social, safe and drug free environment.
The KDYS Gaming Society, which was created by a group of Tralee young people who are taking part in the O2 Think Big community development project, is at the café in the KDYS Hall on Denny Street.
For just €2.50, or €1 for KDYS members, young gaming fans can drop into the KDYS hall and play a full range of video games as well as more traditional board and card games like Dungeons and Dragons.
Thanks to donations and sponsorship from local companies including Easons, Subway, O'Mahony's Bakery and Computer Central, the group have collected a huge range of consoles and games equipment. Anyone visiting the gaming society will be able to make use of two PlayStation 3s, two Xbox 360's, a Wii, a PlayStation 2, PCs, a full Guitar Hero set, multiple sets of multi-sided dice, 13 board and card games, four TVs and a pool table.
There are already 20 people involved in the society but this is expected to swell in the coming months and any profits will be put back into the society and used to buy food and refreshments for members.
"The society was set up to provide young people with a safe, drug and alcohol free environment in which they can have fun with like-minded people and make friends," said society member Sean Carroll.
"We are looking to try to expand the Gaming Society and we want to advance the Gaming Society to a point where it will be self-sufficient and hope to see it gain links around with different youth clubs around Europe," said Sean.