Our History

Liberties Training Centre was founded in 1986 by the South Inner City Community Development Association and was originally based in Newmarket. We moved to our current site, the Good Counsel Centre, on Oliver Bond Street in 2002.

Vision

All young people have a safe space to grow, learn & reach their full potential.

Mission

We empower young people to achieve a brighter future, both professionally and personally, by providing quality education, training and support.

Growth
  1. We embrace challenges and see them as opportunities to learn
  2. We are committed to continuous improvement
  3. We are curious, ask questions and like to learn new things
  4. We measure success as personal growth as well as academic achievement and professional progression
Fun
  1. We create a fun and stimulating learning space
  2. We celebrate our wins
  3. We value creativity and new ideas, we try things out
  4. We work hard but have fun doing it
Integrity
  1. We make decisions based on what is best for trainees
  2. We embrace each other’s differences and give all equal opportunity to learn
  3. We create a safe space for everyone to grow and learn
  4. We are trustworthy and honest
  5. We have the courage to speak up when something is wrong.
Collaboration
  1. We listen to each other and ask for input & feedback
  2. We work as a team to solve problems.
  3. We support, respect and value one-another
  4. We share what we know.
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Leanne – General Manager

Leanne Young is our new(ish) manager since 2019. Originally from Cavan, but considers herself a Dublin 8 local now.

Like many of our trainees, Leanne didn’t have a clue what she wanted to do leaving school, and did a degree & masters in Physics. However, soon after she realised that she preferred people to computers, she turned her attention to education and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Following a year teaching Mathematics, she found herself running a local training initiative in a Dublin Youth Centre and hasn’t looked back. She’s been working with young people in education or training since 2008, as teacher, instructor, co-ordinator, supervisor and now, manager.

In her free time, she enjoys photography, books, the Arts, yoga and hiking. 

Geraldine

Geraldine is our administrator since November 2013. Geraldine has worked in a training environment for over 30 years having come from the corporate sector, where she trained all staff from Customer Advisors to Senior Managers.

Geraldine’s job is very busy and no two days are the same which she loves. Her high level organisational skills are essential to the smooth running of the centre. She has great interaction with the trainees especially on Thursdays when they are querying their allowance.

She likes to tread the boards in Musicals, reading, & volunteering for the Special Olympics.

Ann

Ann is our Liberties local who has been an instructor in the centre since 1999.

After leaving school, she went to work in the music industry, trained as a health and fitness instructor and worked abroad in the Tourism and Hospitality industry but always returned to Dublin. She decided to continue her studies and completed a degree in Leisure and Recreation Management in Glasgow University and through the centre completed a degree in Training and Education with NUI Galway. After a couple of years working for SICCDA she became an instructor in the Liberties Training Centre and teaches on the Tourism and Hospitality course. Ann facilitates many of the programmes operating in the LTC from The RCC Body Right Programme, Mindfulness in the Classroom and Putting the Pieces Together. She has volunteered with various boards and organisations in the Liberties and forges links between the centre and the other organisations in the area.

She loves musical theatre, traveling, Christmas markets, lifting weights, women’s football, history, meditation and has a Christmas Jumper collection famous in the Liberties and beyond.

Barry

Barry has been an instructor here since 2008.

Similar to a lot of the young people in the centre Barry is an early school leaver. It was obvious that the classroom environment didn’t suit him and he took the decision to find an alternative pathway through education. He enrolled in a Catering course in Ballark CTC and quickly found his comfort zone lay firmly in the kitchen.

Barry completed his apprenticeship as a Chef in DIT Cathal Brugha St. through the Kildare St. and University Club and worked for a number of years in professional kitchens. He always liked with the  idea of working with young people who are in were the same position as he was, when he left school and was given the opportunity to do this with the Liberties Training Centre.

Barry has studied Training & Education and Community education as well as Mindfulness practices for the classroom. He volunteers on the board of a local school and also for a national youth charity.

He loves listening to podcasts, watching stand-up comedy, all things Aston Villa and has a strange obsession for Christmas.

Frank

Frank is a relatively new member of staff, having joined the LTC team in late 2018. Frank is a carpenter by trade with wide ranging experience in the construction industry, spanning nearly 25 years. He has held a variety of positions across the sectors, both in joinery shops and on site. He was previously involved in apprenticeship training. He holds a degree in construction site management and is trained in computer aided design.

Karl

Karl joined the Liberties Training Centre in 2003. He started his engineering career in 1982. He has worked in small general engineering workshops, precision tool rooms and high tech production facilities. During his time in industry he has trained many apprentices to a high professional standard.

Qualifications:  Honours BA in Training and Education. Irish National Craft certificate. Senior Trade certificate. JEB ICT teacher’s diploma. City & Guilds certification in Pneumatics, Analogue Electronics, Digital Electronics, Industrial Robotics and Maintenance of Automated Factory Systems. Manual Handling Instructor certificate. Abrasive wheels Instructor certificate. Infinity Project teacher’s certificate.

Mairead

Mairead has been our Maths teacher since 2016.

She has been working in education in a variety of roles as a teacher and supervisor. She loves maths and working with people.

Mairead enjoys reading, knitting, baking, water sports and the occasional monster movie. She likes the variety of every day at Liberties Training Centre and the food’s great also!

Carmel

Carmel has been working with us since 2005 as our cleaner. Carmel the heart of the centre and makes sure we’re all looked after.  A local woman, she’s lived in the Liberties most of her life. She’s a huge part of the community, having volunteered as a Dublin City Council Committee member and taking part in local events such as the Liberties Festival.

Board

The board governs all aspects of the organisation from finance, policies, communications and strategic direction with the primary focus on what will benefit our trainees.

Members of our volunteer board are

  • David Holland – Chairperson
  • Michael Mernagh – Secretary
  • Sean O’Reilly – Treasurer
  • Martina Quinn
  • Sharon Hurley
  • James Quinn

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