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Derry~Strabane EYC19 team ‘disappointed but not defeated’

17 November 2016

Eyc 2019 Results Night

Young people involved in the Derry~Strabane EYC19 campaign spoke of their disappointment at missing out on the European Youth Capital title to Novi Sad at the finals on Wednesday 16th November, but say they remain positive to what can still be achieved from the work that went into the campaign.

The Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Jim McKeever who travelled to Varna with some of the EYC bid team for the result said, 'I am so proud of our youth and their vision for the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

‘Last night we delivered a winning bid and our three youth ambassadors Louise, Oisín Tomás and Conal gave a truly outstanding presentation to an audience in excess of three thousand people. I am confident that Council, the Education Authority for NI and all our partners will come together to ensure the priorities of youth are delivered going forward.'

For the past 15 months thousands of young people participated in the EYC19 campaign taking part in workshops, activities and events to develop and shape the EYC19 bid. The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock has already confirmed she will requesting that officers prepare a report for Council outlining how the momentum of the EYC19 campaign can be used to provide a clear pathway for future participation of young people in key strategic projects.

Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy at Derry City and Strabane District Council supported this adding, ‘The entire Council area will still benefit from this campaign. We have shown Europe that our youth related cultural, social, political and economic life is on a par with Europe’s most progressive places for young people to live, learn, work and play and this campaign will benefit our city and district in the long term. We look forward to building on what we have achieved and embedding this amazing programme into our Community Plan.’

Three of the EYC19 Youth Ambassadors Louise Moore, Conal Fegan, and Oisin Tomas Ó Raghallaigh travelled to Bulgaria for the result with the Deputy Mayor and Council Officials. Louise said 'Just because we didn't get the title, I still believe we are winners. Our hard work won't go to waste and I look forward to 2019.' Conal added, 'The experience of speaking in multi languages to a huge audience was amazing and showcased the talent of youth in Derry and Strabane. This is not the end it's only the beginning of great things to come.'

The team’s aspirations were summed up by Oisín Tomás who added 'Although it is disappointing, the bidding process in itself was hugely beneficial to youth in Derry and Strabane and I loved every minute of it. It has resulted in a renewed focus on youth issues, where our voices have been and will continue to be heard and we can still live by our motto ‘Every Youth Counts’ and hopefully have a year of Youth in 2019.'

Derry City and Strabane District Council has announced it will be revealing details in the coming weeks on a celebration event in January 2017 to acknowledge the efforts and hard work of those involved in the campaign, details on this will be made available at www.derrystrabane.com.

The 2019 European Youth Capital winner was announced at the European Youth Forum’s Council of Members meeting on Wednesday November 16th. For more details on the Derry City and Strabane District Council EYC bid, visit www.eyc19.com or e-mail [email protected].

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Further press information is available from Derry City and Strabane District Council, Tel. 02871 376504.