Born in Derry/Londonderry in 1971, Fergal is the proud father of three children, Michaela, Laya and Josh and has been involved in Youth Work full-time since leaving school in May 1987. In that time he has worked for a vast array of organisations across both statutory and voluntary sectors in diverse areas such as Education Welfare, Volunteering, Reconciliation, Conflict Management & Resolution, Community Relations, Mentoring, Street Work, Research, Participation and Rural Work. He was also a member of the Youth Council for Northern Ireland between 2000 and 2003.
Fergal is also a freelance trainer and has worked for a number of organisations ‘at home’ (Coleraine Youth Forum, Co-Operation North/Ireland, Warrington Project, NUS/USI and Foyle Youth Institute) and ‘abroad’ (Leargas, Anna Lindh Foundation, Viennese Association of Youth Clubs, ELT, Klick e.V and International Youth Institute Programme). He has co-ordinated, hosted, co/facilitated, and/or participated in more than 50 programmes since 1998 working with partner organisations in more than 20 countries. He is a registered trainer with www.salto.org/fergalbarr
Educated at St. Brigid’s College, Derry and at the University of Ulster he has Diplomas in Youth Work and Management and a Masters in Education. He is hoping to commence a PhD in 2008.
Fergal is a (sometimes suffering) life-long Liverpool supporter. Interests include football, music, travel, video-production and sarcasm! His claims to fame include undertaking a solo-fundraising walk (almost) the length of Ireland in 1988 and making legal history in Northern Ireland in 2001 by single-handedly changing Employment Law at an Industrial Tribunal.