Youth Information

What to do with your spare time…

Want somewhere you can hang out with your friends, have fun, be listened to and learn new stuff?  KDYS Youth Cafes are a safe, secure, alcohol-free place where you can come and relax and socialise.

There are KDYS Youth Cafes in Tralee, Killarney, Listowel, Killorglin, Castleisland and Ballybunion.

Find a youth cafe nearest you by clicking here or find us on Facebook


Bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere. Bullying is always wrong. If you think you or someone you know is being bullied you can get help. The most important thing is to tell an adult you trust. There are Youth Workers in all the KDYS centres you can talk to. Find your nearest centre here

More information is also available at ie.reachout.com.

You can also call Childline for free 24 hours a day on 1800 66 66 66.

If you’d prefer not to talk you can text TALK or BULLY to 50101. This service is available from 4am to 10am everyday. You can also go to www.childline.ie and click on Chat to Us to talk to someone live online.

Drugs and Alcohol

Do you think you or someone you know may have a problem with drugs or alcohol? If you’re worried about yourself or someone else, the KDYS have two dedicated drug and alcohol workers who can help you. They can be contacted through any KDYS Youth Worker or through any KDYS Youth Club Volunteer. Find your nearest youth centre here

More information is also available at:


Mental Health

Life can be tough at times, and we all go through ups and downs in our life with family, friendships or school. Good mental health means having the skills and support networks to deal with life’s challenges. If you are finding things tough come and talk to a Youth Worker in any of the KDYS Youth Centres. (links – name, mobile numbers, emails).

You can also free call Samaritans on 116 123

Youth Events, Summer camps,community initiatives

Each year the KDYS run and organise a myriad of youth activities such as youth games, youth factor talent show, KDYS annual Youth Day as well as community initiatives such as youth union, vegetable growing, wreath making and other activities that focus on getting young people connected to and respected by their communities. Nearly every community in Kerry has some level of KDYS engagement. If you would like to find out what’s happening in your community please look at our map here, or contact one of our 5 youth centres.

KDYS Working with Schools

Each year the KDYS run workshops, group programmes and mentoring programmes in secondary schools across Kerry. Together with school staff the KDYS identify the best range of programmes and supports we can offer to secondary school young people. This includes talks on cyber bullying, sexual health and drug and alcohol awareness and other important issues.

If you would like to understand how your school can be involved please email schools@kdys.ie