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Youth Project ‘Make Your Mark’ goes live, connecting young people across three estates in the county.

A Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership project in association Kerry County Council.

Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership (Kerry LCYP) at Kerry ETB has announced an online project which will feature the opinions of children and young people from three estates in Kerry. Young people from Rath Óraigh, Tralee; Benmore, Ballyduff and Caisleán Mór, Castleisland are being asked to share insights into their play and leisure activities at local level. A website specially designed for the project is now live on and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @kerrylcyp and @MakeYourMarkKerry.

The exhibition is a collaboration project between Kerry LCYP at Kerry ETB and Kerry County Council. It will feature the opinions of young people who are providing answers to two key questions, “when I am outside in my estate I like to…” and “when I am outside in my estate, I would like to…”. Young people are being asked to think about these questions and use their creativity to submit a tik tok, drawing, video, photograph, Instagram reel, rhyme or animation to Parental and caregiver permission is required. The work will feature in an online exhibition offering insight into the lived experiences of children and young people who play and spend their leisure time outdoors in these areas. As a team, we are hoping to identify ideas in words, art, video, photography and music so that youth opinion can potentially inform Kerry’s Play and Leisure Policy,” stated Jennifer O’Connor, who along with Tara Donoghue and Sheena Fortune, is one of three creative facilitators developing the project for Kerry LCYP. The closing date for submitting work is Sunday January 10th. Workshops in the local areas will take place following this initial call out to young people. “The experience of growing up and using outdoor spaces in estates is an area of special interest to Kerry County Council”, stated Deirdre Hegarty, Healthy Kerry Co-Ordinator at Kerry County Council. “The last few months have proven the importance of creative expression and much of the reflection of the exhibition will be about the type of outdoor experiences young people want”, Deirdre went on to say.

“We are very grateful to the communities that have come on board with us for this project, and we will ensure that as many young people as possible get to see the work exhibited online”, stated Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools, Youth & Music at Kerry ETB. “The theme of play is universal and a rare chance for young people’s collective voices to be heard and seen”,

An experience for residents not to miss. If you are a resident of Rath Óraigh, Benmore or Caisleán Mór estate, visit for further information and details on how to enter the exhibition online.

For further information, please contact:

Deirdre Enright, Creative Youth Co-Ordinator, Kerry ETB

email             Mobile: 085 8734946 See

Follow @MakeYourMarkKerry and @kerrylcyp on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter



Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership is part of Creative Youth, an initiative of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child and young person in Ireland. In 2019, three Local Creative Youth Partnerships (LCYPs) were established in Kerry, Laois/Offaly and Limerick & Clare Education and Training Boards.   The selection of these three Education and Training Boards (ETBs) as host organisations for the country’s first, pilot LCYPs was made following an open competitive call by Creative Ireland, ‘an all-of-government culture and wellbeing programme that inspires and transforms people, places and communities through creativity’. (Source

Kerry Education and Training Boards: On 1st July 2013, the 33 Vocational Education Committees (VECs) were dissolved and replaced by 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs).  The ETBs are established under and governed according to the Education and Training Boards Act 2013. Each ETB is a statutory body with its own corporate status. (Source:

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