Use Your Brain Not Your Fists Launched

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Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma have launched an educational video highlighting the effects a fight can have on both the victim and the perpetrator – Use your Brain Not Your Fists


Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma launched their educational video “Use Your Brain Not Your Fists” in The Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon on Friday April 27th last.



This video is the brainchild of Comhairle na nÓg, The gropup heard about the Garda campaign in September 2016, targeting over 18’s, which emphasised the consequences of assaults, not just to the victims in terms of injury, (life changing or worse), but also to the perpetrators, in terms of prison, lost career and travel prospects and shame to themselves and their families. Leitrim Comhairle na nÓg decided that there was a need to educate teenagers at an earlier age. The idea of making a video for their peers was passed at their AGM.


Speaking on Friday, Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma coordinator Fiona Taylor stated ‘This is an initiative by young people for young people, reflecting the dire consequences of momentary senseless madness, more often than not as a result of alcohol and or substance abuse. The content is powerful and thought-provoking and has been inspired and motivated by the death of Andrew Dolan from Carrick and the catastrophic injuries suffered by Shane Grogan from Tuam, following senseless and unprovoked attacks.’


Andrew’s mother, Rosie Dolan, and Shane and his parents, Joe and Joan Grogan, feature in the video and share their heartbreaking experiences following their sons’ attacks. Other contributors to the film include former footballer and League of Ireland legend, Joseph Ndo as well as Garda Noel Lee and Sgt. Kelvin Courtney. The film was facilitated by Sinéad Dolan of Loch Bó Films, who worked with the Comhairle na nÓg committee members who created the content, storyboards, operated camera and audio equipment and conducted interviews with the participants.


Photos from the Launch of Use Your Brain Not Your Fists


The video was launched by Rosie Dolan & Joe Grogan and will be promoted nationally in all second level schools, as well as through sporting organisations and youth associations throughout Ireland. The program is being supported by Leitrim County Council, North Connaught Youth Service, North West Drug and Alcohol Task Force and Creative Ireland. Comhairle na nÓg are grateful to the Garda Press Office for permission to use their posters, literature and tagline. For sharing and commenting please use #useyourbrainnotyourfists.


GARDA Posters:

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Garda Posters


For further information please contact:

Fiona Taylor, Co-ordinator Comhairle na nÓg Liatroma –  Suzanne Duffy, Leitrim County Council –  


Comhairle na nÓg are the Youth Councils in 31 local authorities of the country. They were set up to give children and young people (under the voting age of 18) a voice in the development of local services and policies.


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