Gaisce Gold Awards
President Higgins presented the Gaisce Gold Awards to 77 young people who have completed their personal development challenges.
Gaisce is the President’s awards scheme which aims to foster young people’s potential by encouraging them to set goals in a number of areas and then achieve them.
At an awards ceremony at Dublin Castle, President Michael D. Higgins honoured young people who spent time working with voluntary organisations and getting involved in youth groups and clubs. Flanked by their families and supporters, the recipients met at Dublin Castle to meet the Head of State.
Speaking at the event, Paul Keoghan, Irish International Para Athlete said, "I’m delighted and honoured to speak at this event. This Gaisce award will equip these young people with the tools to live full and happy lives and to improve the lives of all those around them.”
Guest speaker and Gold Award holder Olivia Sneyd added, "The ceremony is about the awardees, everything incredible that they have achieved during their Gaisce journey. I hope they enjoy this evening because they really deserve to celebrate. "
Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Gaisce added, "I heartily congratulate the awardees on their achievement. Completing a 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 so proud of them and, of course, their wonderful President’s Award Leaders who mentored them through their Gaisce journey. The awardees aren’t only incredible ambassadors for Gaisce, but also their families and communities”.
St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena had eleven people who have successfully completed the award and opted to be presented with their award at Dublin Castle. For those who attended, this was a special day for the student’s and their families. We congratulate the following pupils who have completed their Gold Award Journey through the school
· Charlie Henry
· Caolan Hay
· Eva Cross
· Kevin Heffron
· Lisa Walsh
· Ashlinn Stewart
· Aoife McAllister
· Aislinn McAleer
· Killian Burke
· Sophie Donnelly
· Niamh Donaldson
We also congratulate Mr McAfee on his special recognition award for services to the Gaisce President’s Award. A token of the hard work himself, and his team have put in over the years delivering a successful President’s Award Programme at both Silver and Gold Levels.