Cavan Youthreach Winner Shines New Light on Homelessness


Pictured L-R: Third Place Prizewinner Nikita Turner, Ballymun Youthreach; Second Place Prizewinner Darren Sherlock, Parnell Sq Youthreach Transition Centre, and First Place Prizewinner Jamie Mullarkey of Cavan Youthreach

ICCL Press Release


A new light was shone on the homelessness crisis today (Friday 12 December 2014) at a ceremony in Dublin, where Cavan Youthreach’s Jamie Mullarkey was awarded first prize in the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Youthreach Human Rights Competition, for his uniquely creative lightbox installation entitled ‘Have you ever felt invisible before’.

The installation – a mixed media piece combining Perspex, wood, photography and lighting - is “designed to encourage the public to consider the invisibility and anonymity of life on the streets for those experiencing homelessness”, explained Jamie at today’s ceremony

At today’s Ceremony, held at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office in Dublin, Jamie received his prize – a tablet computer courtesy of DID Electrical, as well as a work placement – from RTÉ’s Bláthnaid Treacy.  The ceremony also saw the work of two Dublin Youthreach centres celebrated. Nikita Turner bagged third prize for an ambitious mural painting project in Ballymun Youthreach tackling domestic violence, while Darren Sherlock of Parnell Square Youthreach came in second with a poignant original song entitled ‘Isolation’.

ICCL Director Mr Mark Kelly said: “The entries to this year’s competition were of an outstanding quality, but Jamie Mullarkey’s remarkable work captured the imagination of the judges from the outset. It shines a light on the spectre of homelessness in a truly haunting way”.

The ICCL/Youthreach Human Rights Competition, run jointly by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Youthreach since 2011, encourages young people in Youthreach centres across Ireland to apply their creative talents to explore human rights themes they are passionate about.  


Walter Jayawardene

Communications Manager

Irish Council for Civil Liberties

9-13 Blackhall Place, Dublin 7


Tel. + 353 1 799 4503

Mob: +353 87 9981574   






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