PRESIDENT HONOURS GOLD ACHIEVERS.

‘Journey of personal development and generous committment in service of community’

Sligo News File Online.

Students from Sligo and Mayo were among 61 young people 
presented with Gaisce’s highest award, the President’s Gold medal,
by President Michael D. Higgins at a ceremony in Dublin Castle
yesterday.

Addressing a gathering celebrating 30 years of Gaisce – the President’s Award – the President said the award recognised and honoured the awardees journey of personal development and generous committment in the service of their community, “a journey which involved great perseverance and the achievement of the testing targets you had set yourselves.

“You, your families and friends, your teachers and mentors, and all
those who have been part of your path to Gold can and should
feel immensely proud”

The ceremony was attended by special guest and MC, writer,
television personality and former newscaster, Mary Kennedy.

CEO of Gaisce, Yvonne McKenna said the Gaisce vision for
Ireland is to have a country where “young people can dream big
and fulfill their potential.”

Pictured below from top:

Maria Cawley, St. Attracta’s Community School, Sligo, receiving the president’s gold award for community involvement and residential project: Cholaiste Cholumba Gaeltacht in An Cheatru, Connemara.

Julie Patterson. Drum Sligo, being presented with president’s gold award for parish work at Drumcliff and a residential project in Romania – the Smiles Foundation.

Kate Geraghty, Sancta Maria College, Westport,  being presented
with the president’s Gold award for community involvement in parish and a residential project: Gaeltacht – Inis Meain.

Stephen Loftus, St. Muredach’s College, Ballina, receiving president’s gold award for community involvement  in the Order of Malta and residential project: Order of Malta International Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Elthan Preston, St. Muredach’s College, Ballina, receiving president’s gold award for community involvement in Order of Malta and residential project: Order of Malta pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Marie Cawley Gaisce Gold

Kate Geraghty Gaisce GoldStephen Loftus Gaisce GoldEthan Preston Gaisce Gold