Limerick youths display their talents at annual fair

Anne O’Donoghue

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Anne O’Donoghue

Daniel Moloney and Eoin O'Halloran, selling their homemade Christmas puddings and cakes, made during the baking course they are attending at Limerick Youth Service. Picture: Adrian Butler
Limerick Youth Service trainees and students showed off their impressive skills at the organisation’s annual Christmas fair.

Limerick Youth Service trainees and students showed off their impressive skills at the organisation’s annual Christmas fair.

Students, who undertake various courses at the centre, sold home baked goods, handmade Wendy houses and planted flower pots, while others manned stalls and organised various activities.

Students of the diploma in baking and proficiency skills, Daniel Moloney and Eoin O’Halloran, sold Christmas cakes and puddings made in their classes.

They started the two-year course in September and with little baking experience before, both have progressed quickly under the guidance of baking instructor Paul O’Brien.

Students of art and craft instructors, Gerry O’Brien and Brian Mitchell, were also selling their goods at the fair.

Their handmade carpentry and horticultural work was on display.

Wendy houses, bird houses, rocking chairs and planted flower pots were all available for purchase. The Wendy houses were decorated inside and out, with paintings and miniature furniture.

All these goods are sold to the public and customised orders can be placed.

Mr Mitchell, said the arts and craft courses are very popular with male and female students and “the girls get on as good if not better than the boys”.

Second-year social care students at LIT, Amber Kiely and Michelle Brown, who are on their work placement with LYS, were on hand to help out manning the stalls.

The two girls have been working with LYS since September and are now finishing up their placement.

Michelle said she would like to go in to youth working in the future.

“I think the work done by LYS is very good, it gives people the chance to do different courses and Lava Javas across the road gives everyone a place to hang out,” she added.