About Citywise

Who we are

Citywise is a not-for-profit organisation which was set up to run education, sporting and personal development programmes. It began in 1991 in Dublin as a response to educational under-achievement of young people living in difficult city backgrounds and was formally established in 1994. Over the years Citywise has run programmes in Limerick, Belfast, Ballymun and in Westmeath. From these beginnings sprang Citywise Education in Tallaght in 2004, following on the construction of a new purpose built premises, The Durkan Centre, with a view to serving the needs of young people in West Tallaght.

The development of Citywise Education

About Citywise

In 2005, Citywise Education opened a 1,500 sq m purpose built education and outdoor centre in Jobstown to serve the education, social and personal development needs of young people, especially those in their teenage years in West Tallaght. This achievement was the result of focussed hard work over a ten year period in the area. Now over 400 young people, ranging from highly alienated youth to local young people with third level aspirations, use the centre activities regularly, the limitation of their involvement impeded only by staffing levels.

The idea, which lies at the heart of all its activities. is that once a young person gets involved, Citywise Education seeks to maintain that involvement over a number of years, providing the person with greater educational motivation and ensuring that they engage in constructive sporting and youth pursuits.

There are also activities elsewhere. Currently in Ballymun, Citywise works with the Plough Club. In Belfast, activities also take place and these depend totally on volunteer input. Citywise also links with South Dublin Voluntary Groups Ltd in providing Community Employment opportunities in Tallaght.


What we give

Academic work is the focal point of Citywise Education programmes. Young people learn to work hard, acquire study habits and develop their academic ambition. Recognising the threat that drugs, gangs and crime present to a youngster’s future, Citywise Education gives importance to personal development. Achievement cannot be separated from character. Citywise emphasises the importance of character development, personal qualities and the need for each young person to serve society. Students learn that there is always someone else who is more needy than themselves. Families play a crucial role in a child’s education. Citywise looks for a strong commitment from parents.


"Volunteering with Citywise has helped to make me."

- Sean Preston