Special Projects for Youth (SPY)

These grant-aided youth work initiatives aim to facilitate the personal and social development of participants to realise their potential. In addition, they present opportunities for young people to undertake actions corresponding to their own aspirations and to assume responsibilities within their local communities.

The SPY project also engages and works with parents, schools, and other local agencies and volunteers to enhance the quality of the youth service. The overall aims are to support young people to reach their full potential through personal development and raising awareness on issues that affect young people’s lives. SPY also provides support & information and a safe space for young people to meet and be themselves.

SPY Projects carried out through Youth Work Ireland Member Youth Services include:

Carlow Regional Youth Service

  • SPY NewOak/Tullow Road Youth Project
  • SPY Graiguecullen Youth Project

Clare Youth Service

  • SPY Clare
  • SPY Shannon
  • SPY Literacy

Donegal Youth Service

  • SPY Youth Outreach Project


  • SPY Coolcotts Youth Project, Unit 5 Coolcotts Shopping Centre, Coolcotts, Wexford.
  • SPY Enniscorthy Youth Project, Island Road, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
  • SPY Gorey Youth Project, Lower Esmonde Street, Gorey, Co Wexford.
  • SPY Young Women’s Project

Youth Work Ireland Galway

  • SPY YWIG Tuam
  • SPY YWIG Loughrea
  • SPY YWIG East Galway

Youth Work Ireland Cork

  • SPY Gurranabraher / Churchfield Youth Development Project (021-4399862)

Kerry Diocesan Youth Service

  • SPY Killarney & South Kerry
  • SPY Sliabh Luachra
  • SPY Listowel & North Kerry
  • SPY Mill Street

Kildare Youth Service

  • SPY Naas Youth Project
  • SPY Newbridge Youth Project
  • SPY Athy Youth Project
  • SPY Kildare Youth Project
  • SPY Leixlip Youth Project
  • SPY Curragh Youth Project

Limerick Youth Service

  • SPY Special Social and Educational Initiative. (SSEI)
  • SPY Limerick Youth Service Outreach
  • SPY Youth Resource Centres

Meath Youth Federation

  • SPY – Meath Youth Together Tel: 046-9022707

Midlands Regional Youth Service

  • SPY Athlone
  • SPY Tullamore Youth Project
  • SPY Mullingar

Youth Work Ireland Monaghan

  • SPY – Castleblaney Early School Leavers Initiative

North Connaught Youth & Community Services

  • SPY – North Mayo Youth Project
  • SPY – Leitrim Youth Project

Ossory Youth Service

  • SPY Callan /Castlecomer Project
  • SPY Gateway Project
  • SPY Rural Outreach Project

Youth Work Ireland Roscommon / N.E. Galway

  • SPY Ballaghaderreen Youth Project
  • SPY Ballygar Youth Project

Youth Work Ireland Louth

  • SPY Craobh Rua Community Youth Project Dundalk
  • SPY Cox’s Demesne Youth and Community Project Dundalk
  • SPY Southside Community Youth Project Drogheda
  • Tel: 042-9338323

Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service

  • Spy Midleton Community Youth Project
  • Spy Fermoy Community Youth Project
  • Spy Mallow Community Youth Project

Tipperary Regional Youth Service

  • SPY Tipperary Youth Project
  • SPY Thurles/ Templemore Youth Project
  • SPY TRYS Rural Outreach Project

Waterford Regional Youth Service (Tel: 051-351105)

  • SPY Clonmel Community Youth Project
  • SPY Dungarvan Community Youth Project
  • SPY Woodstown Residential & Activity Centre