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Mosney Youth Theatre taste the feeling of €10,000 Cola-Cola funding boost

A grand total of €100,000 will be paid out to non-profit organisations this year, with lots of Louth representation at today's event held at the Zeminar youth conference in Dublin.

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Barry Morgan and Cathal Thornton from Mosney Youth Theatre pictured with Julie Plunkett from Coca Cola. Photo Credit: Naoise Culhane.

Mosney Youth Theatre has received a funding boost to the tune of €10,000 today as it was among 12 successful non-profit organisations across the country to receive prize funding from Coca-Cola’s annual Thank You Fund.

RTE broadcaster Doreann Garrihy was on hand to provide Barry Morgan and Cathal Thornton their certificate during the event held in conjunction with the Zeminar youth conference being held at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. The group were one of 12 overall winners nationwide, eight of which received €10,000 in funding support with a further four getting €5,000.

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The MYT, who provide a complete youth theatre experience to young people living in the Mosney Direct Provision Centre, will use the funding to develop a programme of workshops and masterclasses. In conjunction with the Droichead Youth Theatre, participants will have the opportunity to develop artistically and enjoy inspirational field trips, while also building relationships with their local peers.

The representatives from Mosney Youth Theatre were not the only locals in attendance at the National Sports Campus today. Ardee man Peter Landy, the chairman of the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland charity, was on hand to accept their own funding prize of €10,000.

Peter was joined by his daughter Hannah, who lives with Hydrocephalus. Hannah s currently enrolled in the Lifeskills Programme which runs out of the Irish Wheelchair Association on Mayoralty Street in Drogheda. The SBHI’s new project ‘Mind your Health’ will enable young people with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus to maximise their own physical health and mental wellbeing through a life-changing, tailored education and training programme.

SBHI’s Louth/Meath branch can be contacted via 086 066 8869 or by emailing [email protected].

Since 2011, Coca-Cola’s Thank You fund has donated just over €1 million to community projects across the the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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