Birr students honoured with Gaisce Silver Award



Gaisce – The President’s Award held a special Silver Award ceremony in Thomond Park in Limerick, to celebrate the achievements of five young people from Offaly and a total of 30 young people from across the Southwest of Ireland.

The young people from Offaly who were awarded their Gaisce Silver Award on the night hailed from St Brendan’s Community school in Birr. The event was MC’d by Spin Southwest’s Louise Cantillon and the guest speaker was Munster Rugby’s Marcus Horan. Gaisce Gold participant Rebecca Duffy, a Leitrim native, gave a speech encouraging Silver Awardees to continue their Gaisce Journey and undertake the Gold Award.

Silver awardees who were honoured on the night have successfully completed at least 26 weeks across three different challenge areas and undertaken a three-day adventure journey. The adventure journey incorporates either a 50km walk or a 190km cycle.

Speaking at the event, Marcus Horan of Munster Rugby said, “I’m delighted to be here to be part of the Gaisce Silver Awards. Personal development is such an important part of life at any age, and it’s wonderful to see so many young people receiving their Silver Award today having demonstrated their commitment to realising their potential. It is fantastic to see an organisation like Gaisce encouraging young people to develop their personal skills and in doing so celebrating their achievements.”

Yvonne McKenna, CEO Gaisce added, “I heartily congratulate the awardees on their achievement. Completing a Silver Gaisce Award is no easy feat and each and every one of them has dedicated significant time and effort towards developing skills, helping in their communities, becoming more active and exploring their sense of adventure. We are delighted to celebrate their achievements and the dedication of their wonderful President’s Award Leaders who are the lifeblood of the Gaisce programme. The awardees aren’t only incredible ambassadors for Gaisce, but also their families and communities”.

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 15-25, which is proven to enhance confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical, community and team challenges. It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to all young people to dream big and realise their potential.

Since its inception in 1985, over 300,000 young people have participated in the Gaisce programme. Today, more than 24,000 young people register for the Gaisce challenge each year, pursuing the award through more than 800 organisations (Gaisce Award Partners) located right across the country. Gaisce supports these organisations and the more than 1,200 President Award Leaders (PALs) working and volunteering in them to mentor young people through their Gaisce journey.

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