Gaisce says ‘Maith Thú’ to Young People throughout Ireland

Gaisce – The President’s Award today launched its ‘Maith Thú’ campaign to commend young people for their resilience through the Covid-19 outbreak. Maith Thú celebrates the achievements of young people who have completed their Gaisce Award in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and offers encouragement to those who need extra support finishing their Award activities due to the current restrictions.

Speaking about  Maith Thú, CEO of Gaisce Yvonne McKenna says, “It’s been heart-warming to read the messages we are receiving from young people across the nation who have stuck with their Award and are doing amazing things to help their families and communities during this unprecedented time.”

She continues, “Traditionally this is the time of year where up to 15,000 young people would be celebrated in their schools and communities and presented with Gaisce medals. Unfortunately, this year there will be no Award ceremonies. However, we don’t want the efforts these amazing young people have made to go overlooked. It’s more important than ever to recognise the contribution young people are making in their homes and communities across the country, whether it is helping at home, running to the local shops for older relatives, or singing to elderly neighbours from their gardens to provide some much needed relief from the uncertainty of Covid-19. The country can’t go without this support right now.”

She concludes, “For everyone who has completed their Awards, congratulations on your great achievement. For those of you who haven’t been able to complete your Award due to the pandemic, remember we are here to help and support you in whatever way we can. Reach out to your President’s Award Leader if you’re running into roadblocks, or you can contact the Gaisce team directly at and we’ll answer your queries. Maith thú everyone. Well done.”


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