What is the No Name Club? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked that question. People have a genuine interest in the venture and want to know more. Of course many people have a very positive attitude while others feel it too little too late. We, the Athenry No Name Club committee, are delighted to be involved with our young people and feel they have a lot to offer us all.
The No Name Club was set up in Kilkenny by two former hurlers. Being non drinkers themselves they saw a need to provide non — alcoholic entertainment for young people. Since then we have held four other discos and are pleased with the attendance. On February 28th we were visited by clubs from Tuam, Mountbellew, Gort and Portumna. We hope to visit them in the near future.
The No Name Club is a non – profit making organisation that depends on sponsorship for it’s survival. We the committee work voluntarily to make our No Name Club a success. All too often we hear parents complaining about underage drinking and how it is ruining young people’s lives. We have listened and taken direct action. Now it is your tum to support and help us with your involvement.
We feel it is up to parents to encourage their young people to attend. Far too many of our youngsters are engaging in underage drinking and now an alternative has been offered it should be supported.
It is a pity that more of our young people do not support this local venture.
Dobbyn and Coffey’s is a very central location and the disco is well supervised at all times. The music is excellent and it is great to see people enjoying themselves. We are delighted with our wonderful hosts and hostesses from the two secondary schools in Athenry. Their enthusiasm and hard work keeps us going and gives us the stamina to continue on.
We are very proud of Ciara O’Grady who has been chosen to represent the club in the regional final of the young person of the year competition. Ciara was selected to represent the club after being interviewed along with the other hosts and hostesses. The adjudicators had a tough job as we have a talented and resourceful group of young people Working with us.
We would like to thank most sincerely all those people who have helped us get off the ground. We look forward to their continuing support in the future. If you are interested in helping us out please contact one of our committee. We would be delighted to hear from you.
Athenry No Name Club Committee.
Chairperson – Tom Page.
Secretary – Kathleen Quinn, Ann Kavanagh.
P.R.O. – Colette Morrissey.
Treasurers – Catherine Feeney, Margaret Lane, Damien Duddy, Kevin Devally.
Written by To be confirmed!
Published here 22 Mar 2023 and originally published Easter 1998