50 years a growing…

Oilimpeacha Ógras, Gormanstown, Co Meath, August 1977

In 1969 Conradh na Gaeilge made a decision that there was a need to provide services to the young people of the country through Irish. This decision was made on the basis of research that was carried out a few years previously. Ógras was founded in November 1969. Tomás Ó hEochaidh was employed as Ógras's youth officer to carry out the organisation's work - establishing clubs, organising events, developing a constitution for the new organisation, etc., and this went very well. National events were organised around the country: The Ógras Olympics, an assembly at Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Debates, Summer Camps and even a few international events as the years went by. Tomás ensured that Ógras was part of Comhairle Náisiúnta na nÓg - the umbrella group for youth organisations in the country. At one point a group of representatives from Ireland, about five of which were from Ógras, attended the International Youth Festival in Moscow, Russia, and Tomás was the one overlooking the group. According to the stories that have been passed down, they had a brilliant time.

Tomás Ó hEochaidh, founder of Ógras and first Ógras Youth Officer at ag our 50 Year celebrations in 2019 (loads of other pics here).

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Five Ógras members who were part of a delelgation at the World Youth Festival in Moscow, Russia in 1985

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More photographs from the Festival

History of Óg-Ógras

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Óg-Ógras was established in 1988, for children 8-13 years of age. Official recognition was given to Óg-Ógras in 1988 when they received a grant from the Dept. of Education for the first time, to appoint an Óg-Ógras officer. There followed a period of growth and development for clubs in this age group, and many new clubs were established in areas where Ógras clubs were already flourishing, as well as areas where there had previously not been an Ógras club of any kind before. A program of events is set out for Óg-Ógras each year, as is the case for Ógras. Day trips are organised in each province before Christmas and around March each year. In some areas, clubs also organise a sports day, that is organised along the lines of Cluichí Tailteann Ógras , except the kids do not spend the night away from home. A large number of Óg-Ógras members stay in the organisation and progress to Ógras Clubs when they reach that age. 

'There followed a period of growth and development for clubs in this age group, and many new clubs were established in areas where Ógras clubs were already flourishing, as well as areas where there had previously not been an Ógras club of any kind before'

Ógras chairpersons

 

1971 - '73   Seán Mac Mathúna

1973 - '75   Mairéad Bn. Uí Dhomhnaill

1975 - '77   Mícheál Mac Gréil, S.J.

1977 - '78   Niall Ó Muilleoir

1978 - '79   Seán de Paor

1979 - '80   Ciarán Ó Feinneadha

1980 - '81   Seán de Paor

1981 - '83   Pádraig Ó Duibhir

1983 - '85   Deaglán de Paor

1985 - '88   Pádraig Ó Sabhain

1988 - '89   Antóin Mac Cárthaigh

1989 - '90   Fiona de Staic

1990 - '92   Seán Óg Ó Coisdealbha

1992 - '94   Aodhán Ó Meachair

1994 - '97   Pádraig de Burca

1997 - '05   Máirín Uí Ghríofa

2005 - 2018   Breandán Ó Cathasaigh

2018 - Inniu   Anita Nic Amhlaoidh

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