Almost 30 intrepid young people from seven different parishes headed off to Ballinaleck, near Enniskillen, recently for the DRY Weekend organised by Derry and Raphoe Youth.
The group based themselves at the Cleenish Centre where Kirsty Lynch – the diocesan children's officer and youth worker in Clooney – was the weekend’s star speaker, guiding the young people through the Book of Ruth. Sprinkling in some ‘Kid President’ and Baz Luhrmann’s late 90s’ hit ‘Sunscreen’ Kirsty managed to convey the importance of getting and giving good advice. Every young person was asked to write out some good advice they had been given and to stick it to a window. They were then asked to take one of those pieces of advice which caught their attention and carry it with them over the rest of the weekend.
There were plenty of fun activities for participants, from shopping in Enniskillen through to shooting each other with arrows (don’t panic, these were foam-tipped!!!). Saturday night finished with the group gathered around a camp fire, sharing their favourite moments of the weekend, and tucking into doughnuts and marshmallows for supper!
The beds were voted ‘comfiest ever’, and no one could fault the quality of the catering, so all in all it was a hugely enjoyable and successful weekend.