National Youth Action Group

Youth Work Ireland's National Youth Action Group is made up of young people from various Member Youth Services.

The aims of NYAG are: 

  • Be a sub group of the national board to 'youth proof' Youth Work Ireland activities.
  • Ensuring youth membership of the national board.
  • Ensuring voting rights for young people at Youth Work Ireland's Annual General Meeting.
  • Connecting with young people all over Ireland so that they are listened to and their voices are heard!


National Youth Action Group.....
putting the YOUTH into Youth Work Ireland

Youth Work Ireland an organisation not just for youth, but by YOUTH


Meet the NYAGs

Abigail Mahon

My name is Abby. I’m from Wicklow but I’ve been going to Kildare Youth Services since 2010 when I was fifteen years old. I’ve done programmes such as peer education, drugs and alcohol awareness, YouthBank, Comhairle, Glow programmes, etc. I’ve worked in Comhairle for a year and a half. I’ve been involved with Youth Work Ireland since 2012 as a support worker. I graduated from Applied Social Studies in Social Care in IT Carlow in 2016. I have been on the Board of Directors of Youth Work Ireland since 2015.

Tiernan Murray
My name is Tiernan Murray, I am seventeen and I am a member of the NYAG. I am in sixth year in school and I am a member of Youth Work Ireland Meath. I have been involved in Youth Work Ireland Meath for ten years and hope to continue for ten more!


Ciara Hickey
I am a twenty-year-old student from Tipperary, studying Culinary Arts in Cork Institute of Technology at present. I have been involved in youth work since transition year. I was previously the secretary for a Youth Advisory Panel in Youth Work Ireland Tipperary and I have been involved in previous events connected to Youth Work Ireland. I look forward to working with the National Youth Action Group on future projects. I hope to help make a change for young people in the future

Julian Nagi

Hi, my name is Julian Nagi and I am a member of NYAG, representing Youth Work Ireland Laois. I am a past member of Laois Comhairle Na nÓg which I represented on the Comhairle Na nÓg National Executive. My passion is campaigning for greater Youth Engagement in Decision making in Ireland, particularly through voter registration.

Síve Murray
My name is Síve. I am a second level student. I am the chairperson of Meath Youth Forum and a member of the National Youth Action Group. I have been involved with Youth Work Ireland Meath for eleven years. Under Youth Work Ireland Meath I have been part of various youth clubs, workshops, summer camps and trainings.

Danielle Gayson
Hey everyone my name is Danielle Gayson and I am 18 years old. I am from Cashel, Co. Tipperary and I have been involved in Youth Work Ireland Tipperary for 10 years now. My favourite colour is Blue and I love reading. I’m in 6th year and hope to go on and study Government in College. This is my 3rd year on the National Youth Action Group. My bucket list consists of a sky dive, a bungee jump and to travel the world.

I love anything to do with youth activism and being involved so being on NYAG has been an amazing experience so far for me. I’ve gotten the opportunity to work on the Children and Young Peoples report for the UN Convention on the rights of the Child in 2015, I got to co-host the Consensus Conference in Dublin Castle and more recently I got to be part of the Five Nations Youth Symposium which allowed me to attend the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Cardiff where I made so amazing lifelong friends and political connections.


Chloe Sheehan
I’m from Naas and I have been involved withKildare Youth Services since I was ten. I’ve been a member of Comhairle na nÓg and done a Junior Leadership programme. I have recently joined NYAG. I am hoping to study Youth and Community Development next year to bring me into a career helping other young people doing things like this.


Ailbhe Kennedy
I have been involved in youth services since I was ten. I a member of my local YAP committee, YWAM Youth Forum and also a member of NYAG since 2015.


Chelsea Ryan Gibson
My name is Chelsea. I am eighteen years old and from Cashel Co. Tipperary. I am a member of Cashel Neighbourhood Youth Project and I am also the P.R.O of Youth Work Ireland Tipperary Junior Board of Management. I'm proud to be able to have the chance to represent young people.
''Be the change you want to see in the world''


Meaghan McCarthy
I’m Meaghan, and I’m in my second year studying Community and Youth Work in NUI Maynooth. I’ve been involved with Kildare Youth Services for four years now. I was involved in Comhairle na nÓg for two years and have now moved on to YouthBank. Just before I finished with Comhairle na nÓg, I was nominated to join NYAG. I’m on the Board of Directors of Youth Work Ireland since 2016.


Fintan Ó Dwyer
My name is Fintan. I am nineteen years old and from Templemore in Co. Tipperary. I am currently undertaking a Level 5 course. I am a member of Youth Work Ireland Tipperary’s Junior and Senior Boards of Management. I am a member of the NYAG and the Youth Work Ireland Board of Directors. I was appointed to the board in November 2015 and I am honoured to have been appointed.


Michael Ward

Hello, my name is Michael ward and I'm 23 years old. I'm from Portumna, County Galway. My first time to ever notice youth work was back when I was 13 years old and a youth cafe had opened its doors in my town. But in more recent years I have felt the true impact of youth work. I truly grasped it when I was 19 and I went on my first youth exchange that has changed the way I understood life. I worked with Youth Work Ireland Galway for almost two years and I have been involved in the Galway County Comhairle na NÓg, Youth democracy group (Get Lippy!), football coaching, organic gardening project and international youth exchanges as a leader and much more. I have also participated in short term and long term EVS. Short term was in Finland and the long term was in Georgia.