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Wicklow Comhairle na nÓg

  • Coordinator name: Dermot O’Brien
  • Contact email:
  • Address:
    C/O Richella Wood,
    Community Cultural and Social,
    Wicklow County Council,
    Station Road,
    Wicklow Town
  • Tel: Richella 087 1526205 / 0404 20100, ext 2311  Dermot: 086 0635195
  • National Executive representative: Jennifer Wood
  • Twitter: @WicklaComhairle
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About us

Current topic

Wicklow Comhairle will work on the following topics in 2016-17: Youth homelessness Cyber-bullying and Mental Health. In May 2016 we hosted a launch in County Buildings of a publication sharing the data from a youth survey of over 1000 young people from across Co. Wicklow. The results give us a fascinating insight into what issues are most important for young people in Co. Wicklow. Here are the top four issues identified by the young people:

Number 1: mental health: They highlighted the need for more conversations about the topic, improved services and a reduction in stigma.

Number 2:  Youth Homelessness: (either alone or with a family). Young people expressed the difficulty of studying, socialising and maintaining well-being when you are homeless.

Number 3: physical fitness:

Issue 4: Cyber-bullying: This was one from our survey that we have already delved deeper into. We have conducted a consultation with over 200 young people about cyber bullying because we want to DO something about these results. More to follow on this!

We aim to develop a Cyber-bullying Charter that is current, youth led and accessible to young people and those who work with them across the County. The Charter will be made into a poster which will be given to all schools and youth groups in the county.

Youth Homelessness:  in consultation with the Housing Committee of the County Council and other relevant agencies, we aim to undertake an awareness raising campaign across the county. We will be supported in our campaign by the Simon Community.


Work already completed

We hosted our #LetsGoMental2015 event in November 2015 –  see pics below. For more photos and to read more, click here:


Wicklow Comhairle na nÓg have been putting a major focus on authentic representation this year. We felt that a new emphasis was needed to reaffirm the profile of Comhairle and more importantly to rebuild a connection with the ‘voice of youth’ in Wicklow. We have strengthened our links with the decision makers in the County Council and developed an online community platform which will enable young people throughout Wicklow to engage with Comhairle in a proactive way. A Youth Survey in September will inform our AGM in 2014 and provide a strong mandate for our future work.

We also worked on the topic of Health in 2014 – in particular Sexual Health. This has been identified as a major concern, and a topic that is not dealt with in any significant sense in schools. The Comhairle set out to research the topic to ensure that they understand the topic, the problems and find out what is already in existence in terms of sexual health support structures.



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