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Clare students told “Be The Best That You Can Be”

Mayor of Ennis Cllr Johnny Flynn with two of the keynote speakers from the “Be The Best That You Can Be” motivation seminar at Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare, on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Pictured L-R: Cllr Johnny Flynn Mayor of Ennis, Hannagh Mc Ginley, NUIG. and Davy Fitzgerald, Manager Clare Senior Hurling Team. Photograph Catherine O'Hara

Mayor of Ennis Cllr Johnny Flynn with two of the keynote speakers from the “Be The Best That You Can Be” motivation seminar at Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare, on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Pictured L-R: Cllr Johnny Flynn Mayor of Ennis, Hannagh Mc Ginley, NUIG. and Davy Fitzgerald, Manager Clare Senior Hurling Team. Photograph Catherine O’Hara

340 secondary school students today attended the “Be The Best That You Can Be” Seminar at Glór in Ennis, an event held annually to preserve the legacy of Muhammad Ali’s memorable visit to the Clare County Capital.

Hosted by Clare County Council and Clare Youth Service, the fourth annual event featured motivational presentations by Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald and Hannagh Mc Ginley, a member of the traveller community who is currently a postgraduate student at the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences at NUI Galway.

The seminar also featured film screenings by Clare Youth Service on giving up smoking and Clare Comhairle na nÓg on positive mental health, while there was workshops on Relaxation & Meditation, Tai Chi, film making, and Drugs & Alcohol Information & Education.  Meanwhile, Boris Hunka of Music Generation Limerick City provided students with an insight into how they can use music to help them focus their interests and energy in a positive direction and how to develop their own approach towards performance.

Cllr. Johnny Flynn, Mayor of Ennis welcomed students of Coláiste Muire, Rice College, Gaelcholáiste an Chláir and Ennis Community College to the seminar.

Addressing students, the Mayor said: “This seminar programme reflects the mission of the Muhammad Ali Centre in Louisville Kentucky which was founded by Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.”

Brian McManus of the Clare Youth Service commented: “This event enables key service providers for young people to speak directly with teenagers about the issues affecting them. It also provides a platform for guest speakers to tell their personal stories and in doing so inspire those gathered to fulfil their potential and ambitions.”

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