‘I know the club has made an awful lot of difference in the way my life has turned out’

Even though Belvedere Youth Club lies in the shadow of the IFSC, many of its members exist in a pocket of extreme social disadvantage

John Ross Reilly, 32, one of the Belvedere Youth Club’s many success stories Picture: Bryan Meade

The front of 41 Buckingham Street is deceptive. A red-brick house with three windows and a door, it hides a warren of rooms and opportunities.

Inside is the Belvedere Youth Club (BYC), a mecca of safe spaces for dancing, art, computers and even an underground basketball court.

For the young people who come to the club after school it is a bubble of protection from the challenges they may face growing up in Dublin’s north-east ...