Hi, I'm Fergal...

I've been involved in Youth Work full-time since 1987 (professionally qualified since 1995) and have worked in areas such as Youth Information, Education Welfare, Community Relations, Volunteering, Peace & Reconciliation; Centre Based, Street, Participation, Rural & Urban based Youth Work; Family Support; facilitation (local, national and international), consultation, evaluation and research; YOUTH/Youth in Action/Erasmus+, Social Justice and most recently in Community Development,

I have worked freelance for a variety of local, regional, national and international organisations including Momentum World, British Council, Ecorys, Leargas, Co-operation North/Ireland, The Warrington Project, NUS/USI, The NI Youth Forum, Youth Council for NI and Derry City & Strabane District Council.


In addition, I have worked for the Anna-Lindh Foundation, Viennese Association of Youth Clubs & ELT (Austria), Klick e.V. (Germany) and YouthArt (Turkey), South Bank University, Coleraine Youth Forum, Focus on Family, Public Achievement, Ulster University, NEELB (North Eastern Education and Library Board) Curriculum Development Unit, WHSSB (Western Health and Social Services Board) Community Support Services and Eglinton Community Limited.

I have three grown-up children in their 20s and two grandchildren.  My passions are Humour and Music. I enjoy reading and writing, travelling, debates and discussions.  I am a life-long (sometimes suffering) fan of Liverpool FC.

Experience in:

Youth Work

Community Development

Project Management

Event Organisation

Consultation & Research

Training & Facilitation 

Supervision & Moderation

Report Writing

Fun Quizzes

Dressing up as Harry Hill!


+44 (0)79 4459 5864





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"The great reliability he demonstrated proved a great support not only in the preparation phase but also during the course.  More than once Fergal was prepared to go beyond his strict role as Visiting Co-ordinator just to help the creation of a supportive learning environment for the course." 

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 MY MANTRAS                                                 

"It is what it is"


"Be careful what you wish for"


"There's always somebody worse off than you"

"Humour is the shortest distance between people"

"It's not a matter of if, only a matter of when"

"It doesn’t matter what you say people will talk about you anyway"

"Actions speak louder than words"

'Never go to a party you're not invited too'


2021: Organised and co-ordinated 'The Last Hurrah' Conference.

2021: Organised and co-ordinated the first ever Youth Work Humour Festival 

2021:  Organised and jointly-managed the development of the Youth Work and Trainers Bazaar

2020: Published third book (second book of poetry), In No Particular Order

2020: Designed, developed and published a Good Relations Activity Pack for Belfast Interface Project,

2008-Present: Co-ordinator of The LID (Leadership through Intercultural Dialogue) Programme.

2017: Developed and delivered the 'EC-funded LID+ ProjectRedhead300 fundraising walk (length of Ireland) for The Irish Cancer Society; and The Claudy Visioning Process Research Project.