Bohemian Foundation organised night of music and comedy in jail
With the help of some of Mountjoy’s inmates, our member Bohemian Foundation organised another night of music and comedy in the jail.
John Colleary from the Bohemian Foundation has organised and taken part in plenty of gigs during his career, but these ones are the ones he likes the most. With the help of some of Mountjoy’s inmates, he prepared another night of music and comedy in the jail. John explains inclusion is what the Bohemian Foundation strives for and whether it is football, comedy or running, the aim is to reach people and supplement traditional services. “Between the comedy that we do and what the Bohs players do with the football, there is a cross-over. I noticed few guys that weren’t in the best of shape before we went in are now much more positive and physically well. I’d like to think the Bohemian Foundation has something to do with that,” he said.
He can see that the work of the Foundation helps to change the atmosphere in the prison – dull the sharpened edges of prison life. “Because of how positive they are around us I like to think that the Foundation means something to them positively. Hopefully we help them along the path of rehabilitation, to be more positive when they get released because that’s the purpose of it. The idea is to get guys to stay away from the scenarios that put them in prison in the first place,” John Colleary said.
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Regular training sessions for inmates
Bohemian Foundation works together with the Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. The club has been conducting regular training sessions for Mountjoy prisoners since 2012 and has provided opportunities for released prisoners to be involved with local football. Those training sessions have a very positive effect. Inmates get to break down the barriers, socialise with each other and reintegrate with the community later on. Players from Bohemian F.C. help coach in the training sessions.