NEAR FM Podcast of Interviews from our Community Festival

NEAR FM atteneded our Community Festival on March 26th at the Plaza in Ballymun. While they were there they recorded interviews with our Director Dermot King as well as some of the artists performing at the event. NEAR FM have now posted a podcast of the interviews which can be found here. Amongst the artists featured in the podcast are Colm Quearney, who helped programme the festival and hip-hop group Street Literature.

Photos from our 30th Anniversary Events

Here is a small selection of photographs from our 30th anniversary events.  There are also hundreds of photographs uploaded to our Facebook page.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who got involved in our events, helped in their organisation, and came along and offered their support.

Dean Scurry

Dean Scurry – one of the artists whose work featured in the ‘BYAP 30 Years’ art exhibition – pictured with his painting ‘Bloke’ at the launch of our 30th anniversary programme of events

Mairead and Ann Marie

BYAP staff members Mairead Kavanagh and Ann Marie Hughes pictured at the launch of the 30th anniversary programme of events, alongside artwork produced by BYAP clients

Public Artwork

The artwork developed by BYAP clients – working with local artist John Duffy, axis Ballymun and facilitator Dean Scurry – as a result of the public art project organised as part of the 30th anniversary events

Public Art Project Participants

Participants in the public art project organised as part of our programme of 30th anniversary events

Local School Children

Local school-children warming up in advance of their performance for President Mary McAleese during her visit to BYAP’s premises

President McAleese Arriving

President McAleese arriving at BYAP’s premises. Gina Quinn and BYAP’s Chairperson, Joe Merry, accompany her indoors.


President McAleese helps to plant a rose-bush, which will grow in our courtyard to commemorate all those with links to BYAP who have died over the past 30 years

President McAleese Exhibtion

President McAleese is given a tour of the ‘BYAP 30 Years’ art exhibition by one of the exhibition curators, local artist John Duffy

President McAleese and Community

President McAleese meets members of the local community at the opening event

President McAleese & Clients

President McAleese meets members of the local community at the opening event

Owen O'Grady

Owen O’Grady presents President McAleese with a bouquet of flowers at the opening event

Paddy Kavanagh & Fiona Ginnell

Artists Paddy Kavanagh and Fiona Ginnell, whose work was included in the ‘BYAP 30 Years’ exhibition, pictured at the exhibition opening event

Exhibition Curators

Exhibition curators John Duffy and Guggi pictured at the opening event, along with John’s daughter, Erin

John Lyons & Dessie Ellis

Local TDs John Lyons and Dessie Ellis pictured at the opening event

Exhibition Curators

Exhibition curators John Duffy and Guggi pictured with ‘My Man Bob’ by Christy, a BYAP client, at the art exhibition opening event

Conference Speakers

Peter Cassells, conference Chair; John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy; Sunniva Finlay, Manager of Ballyfermot STAR; and Joe Merry, Chairperson of BYAP, pictured in Dublin Castle for our conference on substance misuse

Peter McVerry

Fr. Peter McVerry speaking at our conference on substance misuse, which was held in Dublin Castle and took place as part of our 30th anniversary programme of events

Conference delegates

Delegates at the conference

Conference speakers

Conference speakers Joe Merry, Chairperson of BYAP; Fr. Peter McVerry; Professor Joe Barry; Dr. Mary Ellen McCann; and Chris Flood


Enjoying the community festival, held at the plaza in Ballymun as part of our 30th anniversary programme of events

Street Literature

Street Literature performing at our community festival


Local children enjoying the free face-painting and balloon art

Festival 2

Listening to the performances on the main stage


Our Director, Dermot King (on the right), being interviewed by NEAR FM at the event

The Unknown

The lead singer of The Unknown pictured during their performance at the community festival

Garry O'Brien

Local singer-songwriter Garry O’Brien performing at the community festival

(Photographs by Marc O’Sullivan,

Niall O'Shea

Great Turnout for Community Festival

Niall O'Shea

Local singer-songwriter Niall O’Shea performing at the event

There was a great turnout for our community festival at the plaza in Ballymun on Saturday, with approximately 500 people attending the event over the course of the afternoon.  With free face-painting and entertainment from the clown Janey Mac on offer for younger members of the audience – and a fantastic line-up of performers on the main stage – the day was hugely enjoyable, with a great atmosphere throughout.

We would like to thank the local Gardaí, Dublin City Council, Ballymun Regeneration Ltd. and axis Ballymun for their cooperation and assistance in relation to this event.  We would also like to thank all those who came along on the day and, in particular, all those who took part, performed and helped to make the day a success!