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Brian O’ Mahony Gold Video

Last year Brian O’ Mahony visited Uganda for seven weeks. Packing his gear Brian travelled alone, meeting fellow kayakers along the way. He kayaked almost 50 days in a row and described his adventure ‘as probably the most life-changing experience of my life.’ Brian is currently in the final stages of completing his Gold Award […]

Annie Carr Gold Interview

Annie Carr is a student at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), is the current President of the college’s Gaisce society and is working toward her Gold Award. “As part of the role of President I’d be charged with getting students to sign up to Gaisce. Organising fundraisers, organising trips and making sure the residential project […]

PAL Interview-Dave Sheridan

Dave Sheridan is a youth worker based in the Ballymun Regional Youth Resource (RECO) and has been a PAL with Gaisce for the past year, “It is not something that is new to BRYR. I took over as a PAL as our previous PAL had left her role and moved on.” Since Dave’s inception as […]

Gaisce connects with local community

Sinead Finnerty and Darragh O’Brien are co-workers at the Daughters of Charity Oakridge children’s services which is based on the Navan Road in Dublin, a school for teenagers with learning difficulties. Over the last two years they have facilitated Gaisce participants with volunteering at the centre, Sinead says, “Some of our students would not have […]

Amy Barrett hits right notes with Gaisce

Amy Barrett, through getting involved with Gaisce, recently released her first single title ‘Emilio’. Amy chose recording as part of her skill and found Gaisce to be the perfect fit in terms of progressing her music. “I’d always been writing songs since I was about seven but I never really advanced as much as I […]

Kate Kelly Gold Interview

Kate Kelly is a Gaisce Ambassador who last summer represented Gaisce at the international Gold Event, she says, “I got to go to the international awards in Prague. I got involved with a load of charity events there and worked in an orphanage too.” Kate is currently studying law at University College Cork and explains […]

Gaisce Gold Awardees sets up Voluntary Project

Evelyn Dore is from Tralee and is a Gaisce Gold Awardee who recently set up her own volunteer project called ‘Memory Boxes’. “The project started off as wanting to source pictures for older people in the community. Pictures that would bring back memories.” Evelyn found that the project quickly evolved in to a ‘memory box’ […]

Saoirse Hughes Silver Interview

Saoirse Hughes is doing her Gaisce Silver Award and has almost completed her journey. As part of her Silver Award Saoirse took up first-aid in her school at Trinity Comprehensive, Ballymun. “The course lasted three weeks. I wanted to learn more about helping other people.” As part of the course Saoirse learned various techniques and […]

Eimear Quinn Gold Interview

Eimear Quinn is currently working towards her Gaisce Gold Award and is a third year nursing student studying at DCU. “I wouldn’t be in nursing without having got involved with the Gaisce programme. The community involvement activities have stayed with me from my Bronze Award in school right up until now and have helped me […]

Access Bandon Project

As part of their Gaisce Silver Award six students from Hamilton High School, Bandon decided to do something different for their Community section. They got together and created ‘Access Bandon’, a research based report on how wheelchair friendly their local town of Bandon, Co. Cork was. Darragh Healy, who was one of the students says, […]

PAL Interview-Barry Caulfield

This Easter President Award Leader Barry Caulfield will walk the Camino with eight students as part of their Gold Award Adventure journey. “The adventure trip is where I gave the most help. I suggested the Camino but the kids went off and done all the research and they came back and wanted to do the […]

Read Deirdre Coyle’s PAL story

Deirdre Coyle has been a PAL with Gaisce for over 15 years and firmly believes the programme plays a huge part in the development of students who take part. She says, “It gets them outside their comfort zone. Let’s say for a shy, quiet lad the community section can be really challenging. So it gets […]

Read Aoife’s Gold Adventure Story

When Aoife started out on her Gold Gaisce journey she never imagined finding herself on a boat with 40 strangers sailing the seas of New Zealand. “Every day we would wake up at 6.30 and go for a swim in the sea. Then we’d have breakfast and clean the ship.” Aoife admits the experience was […]

My Gold Gaisce Adventure Journey – By Clodagh Nic Ghiolla Rua

I really enjoyed my Gold Gaisce Journey. I did the hike with my brother (as he had hiked the route before) and two of my friends. We hiked from Marlay Park in Dublin to Hollywood in Wicklow. We hiked for four days and stayed in three hostels. We brought a large rucksack each which we […]

Residential Project Ideas

  The Residential Project is perhaps one of the most interesting and once in a lifetime aspects of taking part in your Gold Gaisce Award. It is a chance for you to step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to take part in something you have never done before! The following are just […]

How To Make Sure Your Gold Portfolio Pops!

As part of your Gold Gaisce Award, you must submit a portfolio detailing the work that went into your Gold Award. As you can imagine each portfolio is as unique as each participant, but here are a few helpful tips to ensure your portfolio stands out and shows just how much work you put into […]

My Gaisce Journey – Kate Kelly

My name is Kate Kelly and I’m from a small rural village in South Kilkenny. I started my Gaisce journey in 4th year in secondary school, all the way back in 2011. From the moment I started my Gaisce journey I knew I would strive to complete my Gold Award. While the gold takes a […]

Alternative Personal Skill Ideas !!

A lot of times people can get stuck in a bit of a rut about what they want to undertake as part of the personal skill challenge area. So, to try and fix this, we have compiled a list of more ‘alternative’ personal skill suggestions!    DJing – A lot of participants take up a […]

Graduating with Gold

Starting college can be pretty nerve-racking! Meeting new people, no one to wake you up in the morning and no one to cook your dinner. But college is also a great opportunity to make life long friends, take part in new activities and gain some independence. A great way to do all this and more […]

6 reasons why YOU should take part in Gaisce during TY!

 Starting Transition Year this year? You’re in for an unforgettable year…TY is a great time to try some new activities, discover new passions and make new friends. A brilliant way to do all this and more, is to take part in Gaisce – The President’s Award. Gaisce is an Award that encourages you to find your […]

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