Lucan Workshop

the core of our programme

All of our champions have plenty of very interesting working experiences with most being recently graduated teachers.  But wherever they are from, they all have a common interest, ensuring you as students and young workers, are aware of your rights in the workplace. 

If you would like to invite one of our champions to your school to give a FREE lesson to students on the working world and their rights, or the 1913 Lockout, please fill in our online booking form

Want to know more? Let's meet the team!


the champions


 DUBLIN REGION (Dublin City, Fingal, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, South Dublin)

 David O'Driscoll is our Dublin Region Champion and has been for the last two years. A teacher by trade, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Youth Connect programme. He has this to say about his experience of the programme:

I've really enjoyed travelling to schools around the city and talking to you, the students about the working world.I think the student voice is important and should be listened to because after all, you're the future of the country! I’m excited about our 1913 Lockout talks and delighted that classes have gotten so involved in the lessons.  Many students have their own stories about family relations who lived in the tenement buildings,which I find fascinating! I'd encourage everyone to get involved and will hopefully be seeing you in the classroom soon!

David can be contacted directly by email at, or by phone on 087-6254172




SOUTHEAST REGION (Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Wicklow)

Joanne Kenny is our South-East Champion. She can be contacted directly by email on or by phone on 0879567698

Hi my name is Joanne and I am the South-East Champion, covering counties Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Kildare and Laois.
I am a qualified History and C.S.P.E. teacher.
The information we give students with Youth Connect is so valuable. I have worked in a variety of different jobs since I was fifteen and know how daunting it can be to start your first job. For many they don't have the basic information to ensure they are getting what they are entitled to and to make sure they are being treated in a fair, respectful manner.
It is important students have a strong voice and are able to seek advice and help to ensure their welfare. Students are the workforce of the future and enlightening them on these topics will help create informed, united workers.
I am delighted to be part of this fantastic programme and to help the students of the South-East have a smooth transition into the working world.   

Joanne can be contacted directly by email at or by phone on 087-9567698. 


SOUTHWEST REGION (Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford)


We are currently in the process of hiring a champion for this region.

We can be contacted directly by email at


MIDLANDS REGION (Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Monaghan)


We are currently in the process of hiring a champion for this region.

We can be contacted directly by email at


WEST REGION (Clare, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo)

Maria O'Shaughnessy is our West Region Champion. She is available to give lessons to schools in Clare, Galway, Roscommon and Mayo and Sligo. Here is what she has to say about her role.

Hi! My name is Maria O’ Shaughnessy, and I from Co. Galway. I’m an Accounting and Business Studies teacher, and getting to get out there and into classrooms to chat to students and advise them on their rights in the workplace really is the perfect job for me! My favourite part of this work is hearing students’ stories on their own working lives, because we can all learn so much from each other.Since I’ve been 16 and all throughout my time in college I have had part-time jobs, mainly in retail. Luckily, I have never have any bad experiences, however, I would have really valued the information that Youth Connect offers, if it was around during my days in school. The more information we have on our rights as workers, the more empowered we are in our lives, and therefore I really do believe in the importance of the work that Youth Connect does.

Maria can be contacted directly by email at, or by phone on 085-8031468



NORTHEAST REGION (Monaghan, Meath, Cavan, Louth)


Selina Lindsay is our North East Region Champion covering the counties of Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. Here is what she has to say about her role in the programme:

As the Youth Connect representative for the North East region I endeavour to raise awareness amongst students of their rights and responsibilities, as they move towards the working world. I aim to foster development of key skills which they will require to pivot them into a secure and positive adult life. As a qualified teacher I particularly enjoy the diversity of the programme which allows me engage with students from a range of subject areas including History, Business Studies and LCVP. The 1913 Lockout workshop, which delves into the history of workers‘rights, together with our variety of Working World workshops, brings the programme full circle. It is personally gratifying to listen to students’ views and hopefully illustrate topics in a way that ensures they see their relevance to their everyday lives.

Selina can be contacted directly by email at  or by phone on 087-7380549







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