Paul O’Connell to Inspire at Limerick youth conference

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Paul O'Connell with Richard Lynch, event MC for the Inspire Conference and Tracy Lynch, CEO Tait House. Picture Oisin mc Hugh
TOWERING Munster and Irish rugby legend Paul O’Connell is to be the keynote speaker at an upcoming youth motivational conference in Limerick.

TOWERING Munster and Irish rugby legend Paul O’Connell is to be the keynote speaker at an upcoming youth motivational conference in Limerick.

The Limerick man will join a wide range of speakers at the Inspire Conference in the University Concert Hall on April 24.

The event, organised by Tait House Community Enterprise centre on Roxboro Road, is aimed transition and fifth year students to help them visualise possible career paths.

Paul will be joined by Limerick’s most senior garda, Chief Superintendent David Sheahan, ILoveLimerick.com founder Richard Lynch, businessman Shane McCarthy of BlueChief Social, Tony Sheridan of UL and co-ordinator of Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light walk, and more.

Tracey Lynch, CEO of the Tait centre - formerly known as Southill House - said the event is intended to be “a high-energy, motivational, fun and educational day”.

“The aim of this conference is to inspire and motivate the young adults of tomorrow by learning from the adults of today,” she said.

“By nurturing their burgeoning achievements and sharing stories of great success we can create an environment for our young adults where education in all its forms is a worthy goal,” she added.

The conference, which attracted over 500 secondary school students to the inaugural event in the UCH last year, which featured Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey and former Mr World Kamal Ibrahim among the guest speakers, is open to adults aged between 15-20.

Ms Lynch said the attendees would hear “first-hand accounts of where hard work, motivation and dedication and lead to”.

“The goal is to promote access and involvement of children, young people and adults through practical experience in a wide range of educational, environmental, recreational, social and economic projects focused around empowering people to improve their own lives and environment in peaceful co-existence,” she said.

“After the conference, students will have an opportunity to pose questions with each of the guest speakers face to face.”

Willie Casey and Kamal provoked a big reaction from attendees last year and were mobbed by students after their inspirational speeches.

Thomondgate’s Kamal, now presenter for the National Lottery on RTE, said: “Everybody has the potential to be whatever they want, do what they want to do.”

Limited places are available for the Inspire conference, which takes place on April 24 from 10am-12.30pm. Contact Tait House on 061 415340 or email tlynch@taithouse.ie.