About Us

Learn more about the Thomas F Meagher Foundation

Foróige

Foróige

Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland and has been working with young people since 1952.  Our purpose is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society.

We work with over 50,000 young people aged 10-18 each year through volunteer-led Clubs and staff-led Youth Projects. Foróige currently operates in 26 counties in Ireland, with more than 600 Foróige Clubs, 150 Youth Projects, the Big Brother Big Sister mentoring programme, the Foróige Youth Entrepreneurship programme, our Youth Citizenship and Youth Leadership programmes.

Foróige works with all young people through our general services. Foróige Clubs, Foróige Juniors, Foróige Interest Clubs, Foróige Youth Cafés encourage young people to take responsibility for themselves and to be part of shaping the world around them while developing their talents, skills and abilities. We also work with vulnerable young people who require additional support through a full range of targeted services. 

Targeted services such as Garda Youth Diversion ProjectsTeen Parent Support Programmes and Neighbourhood Youth Projects, help young people to deal with issues associated with poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion, under-achievement at school, early school leaving, youth crime, substance abuse and family difficulties in a safe friendly environment. 

All Foróige Clubs, Projects, Services and Programmes are designed to achieve these outcomes in a developmental and fun way, by:

1. Building self esteem and confidence through challenging experiences

2. Develop the ability to manage personal and social relationships

3. Providing learning opportunities which enable youth to gain knowledge and develop new skills

4. Build young people’s capacity to consider risks and consequences, make informed decisions and take responsibility

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Our Aims and Objectives

The Thomas F Meagher Foundation aims to promote pride in and respect for the Irish flag and its true meaning for peace on this island. The Foundation is named after Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Patriot, US army general and Governor of Montana who flew the first Tricolour flag on the 7th of March 1848 from 33 The Mall in Waterford at the Wolf Tone Club. The Thomas F Meagher Foundation strives to ensure that every citizen in Ireland and in particular, every schoolchild is aware of the history and meaning behind the National Flag and recognises the extraordinary life of Thomas F Meagher.

At the 1848 Tricolour Celebration in Waterford the Foundation will present all schools with an Irish Tricolour flown from 33 The Mall. The Foundation will also be a vehicle for participating schools across Ireland to raise funds for their own projects during ‘Flag Week’. In order to support active citizenship in Ireland, the Foundation has established an awards and scholarships programme to recognise outstanding students who have contributed to their school and community by displaying commitment to the aims of the Foundation.

Irish Flags which had flown from 33 The Mall, Waterford from where Thomas F. Meagher flew the first Tricolour were presented by the city’s Mayor in conjunction with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation at the 1848 Tricolour Celebration on the 1,100th anniversary of the City to every Mayor and Chairperson of all City and County Councils in the State for display in their Council Chambers. A school from each county were also presented with a Tricolour to mark the occasion.

Aims and Objectives