Garda Youth Diversion Projects

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Limerick Youth Service’s Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDP) work with young people (12-18yrs) who are involved in, or a risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and crime.

Our Garda Youth Diversion Projects work in partnership with the Irish Youth Justice Service, An Garda Siochana and part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020″.

Our three Garda Youth Diversion Projects are located in Ballynanty, Irishtown and King’s Island with our outreach team engaging with young people in the Limerick City Cente (Henry St) Garda area.


Working either one to one and/or group work, our Garda Youth Diversion Projects support young people in their personal, civic & social development.

Programmes & Activities

With the support of Youth Justice Workers, young people can participate in a diverse range of youth work programmes & activities including:

  • Life Skills & Personal Development
  • Junior Leadership Training & Skills
  • iScoil Educational Programme
  • Animal & Equine Welfare
  • Civic & Social Development
  • Sport & Recreation Courses
  • Healthy Eating, Nutrition & Cooking
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness & Education
  • Creative Art, Woodwork & Music
  • Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Understanding Social Media & Cyberbullying
  • Youth Information
  • International Youth Exchanges


Although the individual outcome for each young person varies regarding to individual needs, the general outcomes for young people involved GYDP are:

  • Greater sense of personal worth
  • Improved sense of civic & social involvement
  • Understanding of beneft of educational attachment and/or attainment
  • Increased engagement with pro-social peers
  • Improved use of recreation time

Positive outcomes in these areas have proven to lead to a reduction in their likelihood of a young person offending/re-offending


Our Youth Justice team are:

Ballynanty GDYP:

Billy Barrett at                Tel: 061-458688/083-4788604

Kate O’Driscoll at                   Tel: 061-458688/083-144653

Address: Ballynanty GYDP,  Northside Youth Space, Ballynanty, Limerick.

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City Centre & Outreach 

David O’Connor at                       Tel: 061-412444/083-8537453

Address: Limerick Youth Service, 5 Lwr Glentworth St, Limerick.

Irishtown GYDP:

Ronan O’Connor at                Tel: 086-8523691

Priscilla Sheahan at                  Tel: 083-3718793

Address: Irishtown GYDP, 4 St. John’s Square, Limerick.

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King’s Island GYDP

Tommy Barrett at               Tel: 061-276941/083-4004190

Michelle O’Toole at           Tel: 061-276941/083-4711099

Address: King’s Island GYDP, 40-41 Nicholas St, Limerick.

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Contact Information

Limerick Youth Service
5 Lower Glentworth Street
Limerick, Rep. of Ireland

Office Hours:
9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Telephone: +353 (0)61 412 444
Fax: +353 (0)61 412 795

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