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Expressions of Interest in Chairperson of the Gaisce Council

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth invites applications from suitably qualified candidates with relevant youth development expertise for an immediate vacancy arising on the Council. Candidates must demonstrate in their application evidence of: Experience Successful track record of achievement through their career Significant experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level [...]

Launch of ‘Breath of Fresh Éire’ – Art Collaboration Between Gaisce, Oberstown and An Garda Síochána Balbriggan

Breath of Fresh Éire, a ground-breaking art collaboration between Gaisce – The President’s Award, Oberstown Children Detention Campus and An Garda Síochána Balbriggan was officially launched on Thursday March 28th.   Breath of Fresh Éire consists of three art installations, created by the young people of Oberstown and overseen by artist Joe Caslin. The three parts [...]

Two Gaisce Awardees from CBS James’s Street Receive Their Bronze Awards

On March 7th , 2024, Gaisce – The President’s Award was delighted to have the opportunity to present awards to two young people from CBS James's Street who completed their award with the School Completion Programme Liberties Dublin 8 Cluster (SCP). SCP is a targeted support programme for Primary and Secondary young people. This support [...]

Gaisce – The President’s Award Awarded Triple Lock Membership by the Charities Institute Ireland

Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to announce that the organisation has been awarded the Triple Lock Standard by the Charities Institute of Ireland (Cii).  The Triple Lock Standard is awarded to charities that uphold the highest standards in transparent reporting, ethical fundraising and strong governance structures. This recognition is the gold standard for [...]

Aoife Prendergast, Anna-Marie Turley and Orla Leahy join Gaisce’s Council

At the end of January, Aoife Prendergast and Anna-Marie Turley joined Gaisce's Council, and now, in March, Orla Leahy has also become a part of this esteemed group. Their contributions and fresh perspectives will undoubtedly enrich the council’s work and mission for Gaisce - The President's Award! Check out all Gaisce Council Members on our team page: https://www.gaisce.ie/meet-the-team/#gaisce-council [...]

Joy Winston appointed Development Officer for North Dublin and Wicklow

Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to announce the appointment of Joy Winston to the position of Development Officer for North Dublin and Wicklow with the organisation.  Joy has been promoted to the position, having previously held the role of Administrator with Gaisce since 2021. Before joining Gaisce, Joy worked in senior retail management [...]

Gaisce Award Ceremony held at the Department of Justice

On February 27th 2024, the 2nd Youth Justice Gaisce Ceremony was held in the Department of Justice. Minister of State James Browne TD joined Gaisce's CEO Avril Ryan to present Gaisce Awards to a group of young people from a range of YDPs. The young people's PALs, mentors and family were also there to congratulate [...]

Scouting Ireland and Gaisce Announce New Registration System for Participants

Scouting Ireland and Gaisce – The President’s Award is launching a new system for the registration and completion of the CSA / Gaisce Dual Award for Scouts, Ventures and Rovers. The new system will simplify the registration and completion experience for all scouts who wish to pursue a Gaisce award alongside their Scouting awards. Scouts [...]

International Women’s Day 2024 – Message from Avril Ryan

To mark International Women’s Day 2024, CEO of Gaisce – The President’s Award, Avril Ryan, has shared a special message:  As the CEO of Gaisce, my goal is to ensure the organisation empowers and equips young people for life through their Gaisce Awards by unlocking their full potential through the challenges and recognition offered by [...]

Gaisce’s Defence Forces Challenge – Applications Open!

Are you looking for an adventure? The Gaisce - The President’s Award Defence Forces Challenge could be for you!  We're looking for Bronze and Silver Gaisce Participants aged 15-17 to take part in this unique event taking place June 11th-14th. The Gaisce Defence Forces Challenge will push young Gaisce adventurers to their limits and beyond. [...]

We’re Hiring! Project Officer (Full-Time)

Don't miss this opportunity to join the Gaisce - The President's Award team! We're looking for our next Project Officer (Full-Time). Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme for young people which enhances confidence and well-being through participation in personal, physical and community challenges. As Gaisce's Project Officer role, you will be involved [...]

PAL Appreciation Awards Ceremony 2024

On Saturday 27th January 2024 in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, we were honoured to recognise our hard-working President Award Leaders (PALs) from across Ireland at the 2024 PAL Appreciation Awards.    The awards celebrated 15 PALs who have supported young people to take part in the Gaisce programme for more than five years; retiring PALs; [...]

Three Gaisce Awardees from Stewarts Care Ballyfermot receive their Silver Awards

We hosted an award ceremony for three fantastic young people from Stewarts Care, Ballyfermot Hub at Gaisce's office, Ratra House (Phoenix Park). Beatrice, Conor and Vasyl were each presented with their Gaisce Silver medals after completing 26 weeks of the Gaisce programme. Stwewart’s Care is a voluntary organisation providing comprehensive community-based services to people with [...]

Gaisce’s Winter E-Zine 23/24

Check out our Winter E-Zine, packed with exciting content! Inside you will find: Welcome Message Dates for Your Diary Gold Portfolio Support Session Going For Gold Information Session Gold Portfolio Submission Deadline (For Gold Award Ceremony 2024) Upcoming PAL Training Reminders Social Media Website Whitelisting Emails Article - Lá Gaisce 2023 Article - Gaisce's Gold [...]

Eve O’Brien appointed Gaisce’s Learning Manager!

Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to announce the appointment of Eve O’Brien to the position of Learning Manager with the organisation.  Eve has been promoted to the position, having previously held the role of Development Officer with Gaisce since 2022.  Prior to joining Gaisce, she worked in supporting participation in Dublin City Volunteer [...]

Gaisce – The President’s Award Is Proud To Support Citywise Education To Eradicate Educational Inequality In Ireland

Adam Donovan of Citywise Education is Gaisce-The President's Awards representative on the Shared Island Youth Forum. Adam shares his experiences over the last few months and his hopes for the future of our island here: Hi everyone! My name is Adam Donovan and I’m representing one of Gaisce’s nominated organisations, Citywise Education, at the Department [...]

Celebrating Seven Gaisce Awardees from Ukrainian Action in Ireland

On Saturday 2nd December 2023, we were honoured to be joined by seven young people from Ukrainian Action in Ireland; a charity established in response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine to foster Irish-Ukrainian friendship. They took part in Gaisce’s Wavelength programme, aimed at ensuring that young people seeking asylum or refugee status in Ireland [...]

Gaisce – The President’s Award announce appointments to Leadership Team

Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to announce new appointments to the Leadership Team of the organisation. Karol Quinn - Head of Programme and Strategic Development Karol Quinn has been promoted to Head of Programme and Strategic Development at Gaisce, having previously held the position of Learning and Evaluation Programme Manager at the organisation. [...]

Gaisce CEO and Council Member Attend Irish Girl Guides Headquarters Launch

In celebration of the launch of the Irish Girl Guides new headquarters, Gaisce's CEO Avril Ryan and Gaisce Council Member Jenny Gannon attended the event as honoured guests! Helen Concannon presented them with a unique badge for their dedication and continued support. Gaisce collaborates with Irish Girl Guides through our Dual Award Programme, offering Senior [...]

Gaisce Announces Important New Partnership With Department Of Justice

Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the Department of Justice.  Starting in 2024, the Department of Justice will support the cost of registration for participants in Youth Diversion Projects for the Gaisce Awards programme.   The Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne TD made the announcement [...]

Celebrating Lá Gaisce 2023

Lá Gaisce, our annual celebration of all things Gaisce, takes place on Wednesday 25th October, and we want everyone to join in the fun!  Lá Gaisce aims to shine a light on the accomplishments of all our fantastic young people and hear all about all the craic you had along the way. We would love [...]

Gaisce Participants Tell Their Story

Earlier in October, we met with a few Gaisce Participants who were excited to share their Gaisce Story. Trying new things, meeting new friends, pushing your limits, achieving your goals and discovering what you want to do professionally, are just some of the things that can be part of your Gaisce journey.

Autumn 2023 E-Zine

At the start of Autumn, we released Gaisce’s Autumn E-Zine! A quarterly newsletter that outlines Gaisce’s latest updates. In this edition, we've packed in: Upcoming Diary Dates Celebrating our Gold Awardees Celebrate Lá Gaisce this October New website and the Gaisce Learning Hub Gaisce’s Collaboration with Jigsaw - Take Action #VolunteerWalkConnect with parkrun Ireland Check [...]

Join parkrun’s Gaisce Challenge Weekend!

Gaisce – The President’s Award is celebrating Lá Gaisce with our Challenge Partner parkrun this October bank holiday weekend (Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October) with a special Gaisce parkrun Challenge Weekend. We’re encouraging any Gaisce participant who is volunteering at parkrun as part of their Community Involvement challenge, or anyone who is participating in [...]

Gaisce Glas: Global Citizenship Project Opportunity

Gaisce is seeking expressions of interest from President Award Leaders across the country who would like to take part in the Gaisce Glas project. Gaisce Glas is an approach to the 13-week programme which focuses on the topic of Global Citizenship and fulfils all requirements of the Community Involvement challenge area at the Bronze Award [...]

Avril Ryan Appointed CEO of Gaisce – The President’s Award

Gaisce – Gradam an Uachtaráin – The President’s Award, Ireland's national non-formal education youth award, has announced the appointment of Avril Ryan as the new Chief Executive Officer for the organisation. Avril joined Gaisce in 2017 as Operations and Development Manager before taking on the role of Head of Operations and Development in 2020. Welcoming [...]

Gaisce Spring E-Zine Out Now!

Gaisce Spring E-Zine - March 2023 {{ vc_btn: title=Download+%C2%BB&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.gaisce.ie%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2023%252F03%252FGaisce-Spring-2023-E-Zine.pdf%7Ctarget%3A_blank }} Message from the CEO It's great to see Award participation levels bouncing back after a challenging couple of years and we're hearing lots of exciting Award stories as we begin to see more Award completions coming in. We're delighted to spotlight some of the stories [...]

European Parliament Competition Winners – Terence MacSwiney Community College

Video Submission Gaisce, in partnership with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland is delighted to announce that Terence MacSwiney Community College in Knocknaheeney in Cork were the deserving winners of the trip to Strasbourg for Euroscola, which will take place on March 30th. Euroscola brings together 16–18-year-old students from all 27 EU Member States [...]

European Parliament Competition 2023

WIN A TRIP TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN STRASBOURG WITH YOUR PARTICIPANTS! Gaisce, in partnership with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland is offering Gaisce participants a fantastic opportunity to travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg to take part in Euroscola in March 2023 and experience what it’s like to be an MEP [...]

A message from outgoing Gaisce Award CEO, Yvonne McKenna

Gaisce - The President’s Award wish to sincerely thank Yvonne McKenna for her tenure as CEO over the last 8 years with the organisation. A message directly from Yvonne: Today is my last day with Gaisce – The President’s Award. After eight fabulous years, it’s time to move on and try something new. But what [...]

Gaisce Award now available to 2nd Year Secondary School Students!

Do Gaisce in 2nd Year! Gaisce -The President’s Award is now firmly recognised as an integral part of senior cycle education. What may be lesser known is that Gaisce is now available to students in their second year of post primary. The rationale behind introducing Gaisce to younger students is that second year is widely [...]

Eight Young People Awarded Gaisce Medals at Limerick’s Hunt Museum

29th August 2022  - Gaisce – The President’s Award celebrated 8 special young people achieving their Award at a ceremony held in the Hunt Museum in Limerick. Congratulations to Fatema, Rokaya, Aya, Mahmoud, Ammar and Basima, Areej, and Aliza! Cllr. Olivia O’Sullivan, Cathaoirleach of the Metropolitan District of Limerick, opened the ceremony by welcoming awardees [...]

Gaisce Online (GO) is live!

We’re proud to announce the launch of our new online system, Gaisce Online (GO). Thank you for your patience while we changed systems and apologise for any inconvenience caused. We’re currently rolling out the system in phases to ensure we can handle the traffic and queries and make sure everything is running smoothly. You should […]

Christmas comes early for Gaisce thanks to Youth Work Ireland Louth

Christmas came early at Gaisce – The President’s Award after members of Youth Work Ireland Louth gifted a handcrafted ‘Just a Minute’ bench to the Gaisce office in Ratra House in honour of the organisation’s 35th anniversary.   Young people from Youth Work Ireland Louth diligently spent several weeks constructing their ‘Just a Minute’ benches to help promote good mental [...]

Susie Spratt joins Gaisce as Project Manager of Wavelength

Susie Spratt has joined Gaisce – The President\’s Award as Project Manager of  Wavelength. Susie has a long-term commitment to education and youth leadership. She came to Gaisce from Concern Worldwide where she project managed the School’s Fast programme and developed their first youth leadership summer programme. Prior to that, Susie worked with ECO-UNESCO where […]

“Despite often coming from difficult backgrounds, young people can achieve so much” – The Gaisce Award at Oberstown

The hard work and determination of young people at Oberstown Children Detention Campus came to fruition at a presentation held on campus last month which saw participants in Gaisce – The President’s Award being presented with their Bronze and Silver Awards. The young people at Oberstown successfully completed their Gaisce – The President’s Award challenges over the past 12 [...]

Karol Quinn joins Gaisce as Learning and Evaluation Programme Manager

Born and raised in Charleville, Co. Cork, Karol Quinn has joined Gaisce – The President’s Award as Learning and Evaluation Programme Manager. Karol, who is based in Maynooth with his young family, joins Gaisce from his role as Education Area Development Manager with Young Social Innovators. Prior to joining YSI, Karol spent almost 15 years […]

Gaisce – The President’s Award appoint Joy Winston to admin team

Joy Winston has joined  the administration team at Gaisce – The President’s Award. A Dublin native, Joy joins the team having spent the last two decades working in retail management with a major fashion brand. She previously studied at Grafton Academy of Fashion Design in Dublin. She lives in County Meath with her husband and two children. Speaking […]

Teachtaireacht ón Uachtarán Micheál D. Ó hUiginn

Ba mhaith liom an deis seo a thapú chun buíochas a ghabháil le Gaisce as an tionscnamh tábhachtach BulbsforBees a sheoladh. Inniu, ar fud an domhain, tá an bhithéagsúlacht atá ag teacht chun cinn leis na cianta agus na nglúnta á scrios, á réabadh agus á chreachadh ar luas nach bhfacthas riamh cheana i stair […]

Gaisce partners with ECO-UNESCO on Youth Climate Justice Challenge

A consortium of five youth organisations, led by ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s environmental education and youth organisation is launching the second #YouthClimateJusticeChallenge, with partners Gaisce-The President’s Award, The No Name Club, Irish Girls Guides & Young Irish Film Makers.  The Youth Climate Justice Challenge is aimed at encouraging and empowering young people to take on local action projects on Climate Justice and will […]

Gaisce – The President’s Award : Seo gairm don phobal bleib a chur chun ár mbeacha a chosaint

Mar cheiliúradh ar 35 bliain de Gaisce – Gradam an Uachtaráin, tá an eagraíocht ag moladh do dhaoine óga ar fud na tíre, is cuma cén aois iad, cá bhfuil siad, nó cén sórt cúlghairdín atá acu, glacadh le dúshlán ó Ghaisce an fómhar seo agus bleib a chur, a chabhróidh le pailneoirí agus a chosnóidh […]

Gaisce announces FIT’s Choose Tech programme as new Challenge Partner

Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to announce that FIT (Fastrack to Information Technology) has officially become a Gaisce Challenge Partner.  Challenge Partners support and involve young people to participate in one or more Gaisce Challenge Areas, allowing Gaisce participants to use relevant activities to count towards achieving their Award.  Established in 1999, FIT is dedicated to addressing the […]

Galway native joins Gaisce – The President’s Award as Youth Justice Project Officer

Born in Co. Galway, Karen Dervan is a graduate of NUI Cork and the University of Limerick, where she studied Music, English and Irish.   Her career to date has seen her working as a professional viola player and music/events producer throughout Ireland and abroad.   Primarily a classical music performer with orchestras and ensembles, Karen has also enjoyed forays […]

Gaisce appoint new Community & Events Officer

Gaisce – The President’s Award has appointed Emily Wolfe as their new Community & Events Officer. Emily hails from England, and grew up in Ashby de la Zouch – a small town in the heart of the National Forest, the setting for Robin Hood’s famous archery competition in Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe and home to fictional […]

Gaisce Participants Contribute To Conference On The Future Of Europe

Gaisce Gold participants took part in an online discussion today with Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe initiative. Twenty-one young people from all over Ireland took part in the online event as part of their Residential Project week while working towards the highest level […]

Gaisce – The President’s Award Acknowledges Passing Of Duke Of Edinburgh

09.04.21, 2pm We are saddened to hear of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, who founded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Gaisce – The President’s Award has enjoyed a valued and collaborative partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award since our inception in 1985, 35 years ago. Gaisce – The President’s Award and The […]

Gaisce Announce New Public Affairs And Communications Manager

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Síona Cahill in a new position heading up Public Affairs and Communications. Síona is former President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), and has over 6 years of experience in advocacy, campaigns, and public affairs. Síona was shortlisted alongside activist Greta Thunberg in the Women […]

The Power Of Storytelling To Break Barriers: Youth In University And Mountjoy Prison’s Progression Unit Achieve Gaisce – The President’s Award, Together

The ‘Story Exchange Project’ is the first initiative of its kind in Ireland involving a unique collaboration between Mountjoy Prison’s Progression Unit, Maynooth University Access Programme and Gaisce – The President’s Award. Young people in custody in Mountjoy Prison’s Progression Unit and young people in Maynooth University were brought together (in Mountjoy Prison itself) over [...]

Upcoming Events

UPCOMING EVENTS: Gaisce are delighted to be hosting a series of events to support PALs and Participants during this time. Below you’ll find details and links for booking relevant events. PAL Catch-Ups Date Development Officer Region Link 22nd September 2020 7pm-8pm Kate Kelly Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Dublin 15, 20, 22, 24 https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/119117440471 23rd September […]

Lá Gaisce 2020

This Wednesday October 21st, 2020 we are calling people across Ireland to stand with young people. Young people in their thousands are starting and already pursuing their Gaisce Award journey’s right across Ireland. #LáGaisce is a day to celebrate their achievements so far, as well as to celebrate and thank all young people and President’s [...]

Completion Allowances for pre-September 2020 Bronze Award and Silver Award Participants

Below you’ll find details of completion allowances for Bronze Award and Silver Award participants who commenced their award between September 1st, 2019 and August 1st, 2020 and were unable to complete their award due to COVID-19 restrictions. We understand some PALs may not have been able to help participants fulfill the final elements of their […]

Expressions of Interest in Membership of the Gaisce Council

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for one immediate vacancy on the Council and to establish a panel for forthcoming vacancies. To establish a panel, the Minister welcomes applications from all profiles with preference given to those with finance/accountancy competency for the immediate vacancy. Candidates must demonstrate in […]

GAISCE ONLINE GOLD AWARD RESIDENTIAL PROJECT 2020 ‘Together but Apart’

  Gaisce are delighted to announce an Online 5 Day Gold Award Residential Project. Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19, Gaisce will host an Online Gold Residential Project for participants who may find it difficult to find a residential at this time. The core theme of the project is ‘Together but Apart’. The residential will [...]

A message from President Michael D. Higgins to Gaisce participants and Awardees

https://youtu.be/HOEXdpH0KB8 On Wednesday 10th June 2020, President Michael D. Higgins issued a video message to Gaisce Awardees to congratulate them for completing their Award in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, the President commended young people who took part in the Gaisce at Home Gaisce sa Bhaile programme, where Gaisce activities were adapted [...]

Gaisce says ‘Maith Thú’ to Young People throughout Ireland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRePyl2noM4&feature=youtu.be 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 [...]

“I think the biggest thing we all probably miss is our freedom”.

Gaisce participant Orla Leahy from Cork is no stranger to challenges having completed her Bronze and Silver Awards. She's currently going for her Gold Award while busily studying for her Leaving Certificate. Here she writes about the new challenge we are all facing - Covid -19 - and how 'Gaisce at Home' is providing a [...]

Gaisce At Home – Gaisce Sa Bhaile

Extraordinary Times Call For Extraordinary Measures Young people can answer Ireland’s call too!  Updated 15th April 2020 As many young people now find themselves at home during the Covid-19 situation, we at Gaisce have been thinking about how you can continue with - or even start - your Gaisce Award. That's why we're launching 'Gaisce [...]

Gaisce -The President’s Award Statement on COVID-19

Update 8th May 2020 Gaisce - The President Award are following Government directions and will be working remotely as far as possible but can be contacted during regular office hours. Contact email addresses and contact numbers for the full Gaisce team are available here. Below you will find an outline of temporary measures we are [...]

Gaisce – The President’s Award launches ‘Gaisce at Home’

Gaisce – The President’s Award has today launched ‘Gaisce at Home’/ ‘Gaisce sa Bhaile’. The campaign encourages young people, precisely as the country and the world responds to the challenge of Covid-19, to stay active and engaged in their personal development and community action. ‘Gaisce at Home’ seeks to support and encourage the over 18,000 [...]

Creative exhibition celebrates first year of Gaisce LikeMinded project

Gaisce – The President’s Award held a creative exhibition to celebrate the first year of its LikeMinded project on Thursday 23rd January in The Science Gallery in Trinity College, Dublin. The exhibition incorporated the creative work and performances of young people who took part in LikeMinded, a bespoke personal development programme for LGBTI+ young people [...]

Gaisce and Volunteer Ireland Partnership

Their Role is to support young adults over 18 to earn their Award in their own local community. The Great news is that any PAL registered with Gaisce can now sign up to be a PAL in their local Volunteer Centre perhaps supporting past pupils or former participants to progress to their Silver and Gold […]

ADVENTURE JOURNEY: New Information Requirements from PALs

The questionnaire will need to be completed in order to dispatch medals for Bronze, Silver and Gold Award levels. The focus will be on the Gaisce Award group, not each individual, so a PAL will only fill out one form per award level Gaisce group. For example if you have a Bronze group, fill out […]

Gaisce Story – Gaisce Awardee Aoife Buckley

“My Gold Award experience was challenging yet rewarding and has been a life changing experience for me.” Gaisce Gold Awardee Aoife Buckley achieved her Gold Award in 2019 with Coláiste Treasa, Cork. As part of our 35th Anniversary celebrations, Aoife contacted us via our Gaisce Story Portal to share her fondest moments of taking part [...]

PAL Essential Information 2020

Gaisce would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our President’s Award Leaders for their dedication to supporting young people to realise their potential. As ever, please call or email your Development Officer if you need any advice or a question answered. Below is a reminder of the protocol for Bronze Medal dispatch […]

Gaisce Story – Gaisce Awardee Jack Doyle

“It gave me a sense of self pride and achievement.” Gaisce Gold Awardee Jack Doyle achieved his Gold Award in 2019 with Pobail Scoil Neasáin, Dublin.  As part of our 35th Anniversary celebrations, Jack contacted us via our Gaisce Story Portal to share his fondest moments of taking part in Gaisce – The President’s Award. Our [...]

Gaisce Story – Gaisce Awardee Julie Reddan

“For me it was life changing." Gaisce Awardee Julie Reddan achieved her Gold Award in 2019 with Borrisokane Community College, Tipperary.  As part of our 35th Anniversary celebrations, Julie contacted us via our Gaisce Story Portal to share her fondest moments of taking part in Gaisce – The President’s Award. Our Gaisce Story Portal helps [...]

77 Inspirational Young People honoured by President Michael D. Higgins at Gaisce Gold Ceremony

On Wednesday 4th December, more than 30,000 hours of commitment and dedication by young people was recognised at a special ceremony held by Gaisce – The President’s Award in Dublin Castle. Patron of Gaisce and President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, presented 77 inspirational young people from across Ireland with their prestigious Gaisce Gold Awards. […]

Gaisce Story – PAL Lorraine Mellerick

Lorraine with fellow President's Award Leader Ms. Brosnan. President’s Award Leader Lorraine Mellerick has been involved in Gaisce since 2018 with St Aloysius College in Cork. She contacted Gaisce via our Gaisce Story Portal to share her fondest moments of being involved with Gaisce – The President’s Award. Talking about being a PAL, she says [...]

28 President’s Award Leaders from all over Ireland celebrated at Gaisce’s Civic Merit Awards Ceremony

  On Saturday 16th November 2019, Gaisce – The President’s Award held a special Civic Merit Award Ceremony, in recognition of 28 President’s Award Leaders from all over Ireland who have graciously supported young people to achieve their potential. The Civic Merit Ceremony took place at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. A special […]

148 young people from all over Ireland celebrated at Gaisce’s Silver Awards Ceremony

  On Thursday evening 7th November, Gaisce – The President’s Award held one of its largest ever Silver Award Ceremonies to celebrate the achievements of 148 young people from throughout Ireland who have achieved their Gaisce Silver Award.  The Silver Ceremony took place at the O’Reilly Theatre in Dublin 1. Silver Awardees, who were honoured […]

Gaisce Story – Gaisce Awardee and PAL – Matthew McNulty

  Gaisce Awardee and President’s Award Leader Matthew McNulty achieved both his Gold Award and attained PAL status in 2018 with the Gaisce Alumni Network (GAN) He contacted Gaisce via our Gaisce Story Portal to share his fondest moments of being involved with Gaisce. Talking about being an Awardee and PAL, he says his favourite […]

Gaisce Story – PAL Rachel Hughes

Rachel Hughes’ awardees receiving their Gaisce Awards at the Cuskinny Court Outdoor Education Centre. They were members of The Apache Youth Club. President’s Award Leader Rachel Hughes has been involved in Gaisce since 1998 with The Apache Youth Club in Cork. She shared her fondest memories of being involved with Gaisce via our Gaisce Story […]

60 young people from Munster celebrated at Gaisce Award Ceremony in Cork

On Tuesday 22nd October 2019, Gaisce – The President’s Award held a special ceremony in Cork to celebrate the achievements of 60 young people throughout Munster who have achieved their Gaisce Silver Award.  Speakers on the night included Irish International Athlete Jessie Barr, Laura Philpott a Cork native who is due to receive her Gold […]

The Joint Award Initiative Partners with Ulster GAA

  The Joint Award Initiative – Gaisce – The President’s Award, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award have partnered with Ulster GAA, empowering its young members to undertake the Award.  As a Licensed Organisation, Ulster GAA is now able to offer its young members an opportunity to participate in […]

Upcoming Award Ceremonies and Going for Gold

  Below are the dates of our upcoming ceremonies in Autumn and Winter 2019, along with our \’Going for Gold\’ sessions. Date Event Location Tuesday 15th October   Going for Gold Session 5pm  (Register through Eventbrite) Radisson Blu, Letterkenny Retail Park, Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal POSTPONED Donegal Silver Ceremony 7pm POSTPONED Tuesday 22nd October Going […]

Lá Gaisce 2019

The first ever Lá Gaisce will take place this year on 9th October to celebrate our growing Gaisce Community. As part of the day, we will launch a special portal on our website where stories about the Award can be shared! We are inviting our 850 GAPs, 1,200 PALs and 177,000 Awardees from the last […]

Things to remember for PALs

Participant Registration: Participants must register for their Gaisce award before undertaking any Gaisce activities. Gaisce activities will not be backdated so please ensure young people register under their PAL before they begin. The number of weeks between registration and completion must comply with the Gaisce requirements e.g. min. 26 weeks for Bronze and Silver Awards. […]

Gold Award Portfolio Deadline for this year’s Gold Ceremony – 1st October

Congratulations to all Gaisce Gold participants who have reached the final stages of their Gaisce Journey!  The submission deadline for the Gold portfolio is Tuesday 1st October if you wish to be invited to this year’s ceremony. Portfolios should be sent to Gaisce, Ratra House, North Road, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 or by email to […]

Engagement Day – 14th September

This September, Gaisce are launching our new Gaisce Youth Leaders. Do you know past participants looking for volunteer opportunities or the chance to give something back to Gaisce? Members of the group will have the opportunity to take on a number of roles from Student Ambassadors to Event Volunteers to taking up positions on our […]

European Week of Sport and Physical Activity – 23rd-30th September

Do you have participants who are looking for ideas for their Physical Recreation activity? The 2019 European Week of Sport and Physical Activity will be celebrated across Ireland from 23rd-30th September 2019, and is the perfect opportunity to try a new sport. European Week of Sport aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. […]

Wavelength September Update

Wavelength aims to ensure young people aged 18-25 who are seeking asylum or have refugee status in Ireland have the opportunity to participate in Gaisce – The President’s Award. Wavelength is now up and running with the first participants commencing their award journey. The project is being generously supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the global […]

Win a trip to the European Parliament in January 2020

Gaisce, in partnership with Euroscola, is offering Gaisce participants in DEIS schools a fantastic opportunity to travel to Strasbourg in January 2020 and experience what it’s like to be an MEP for a day. It brings together 500+ students from all EU Member States. Students debate, negotiate, amend, vote and adopt resolutions on real European […]

Record number of young people achieve Gaisce Awards in 2018

9th July 2018: Gaisce – the President’s Award today launched a new Impact Report illustrating the activity of the organisation throughout 2018.  2018 was a record year for Gaisce – The President’s Award, as more than 15,000 young people achieved a Gaisce Award, and The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, presided over the largest […]

“Being an immigrant did not affect my Gaisce goals”- Gaisce Gold Participant Tracey Sefu Zinyama

Tracey pictured with her Gaisce Silver Award which she received last October.   To mark World Refugee Day we asked Gaisce Participant Tracey Sefu Zinyama about her Gaisce experience.  Tracey is 21-years-old and originally from Harare, Zimbabwe. She came to Ireland when she was 15 with her mother and siblings. Tracey initially heard about Gaisce […]

President appoints Mr. Philly McMahon to the Council of Gaisce – The President’s Award

  President Michael D. Higgins today, 12th June 2019, has appointed Mr. Philly McMahon to the Council of Gaisce – The President’s Award for a 3-year term. Mr. McMahon will join the President’s fellow appointee Mr. Justin McAleese, who has just been re-appointed for a second term.   Making the announcement, Chair of Gaisce – […]

“I was given the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone“ – Gaisce Gold Award Holder Lucy McGill

Gaisce Gold Award Holder Lucy McGill from Dublin receiving her Gold Award from President Michael D. Higgins at a ceremony in St Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle on 10th December 2018. Photo: Maxwell’s We were delighted to have Gaisce Gold Awardee and Dublin native Lucy McGill share her Gaisce Journey with us at our Silver Ceremony […]

“Gaisce really helps you to develop as a person and to build your own self-esteem and confidence” – Jamie Moore, UN Youth Delegate

I think part of the point of Gaisce, is not just to come and do your 13 weeks or 50 weeks. It is to try to hook you in longer term to civic duty and volunteerism and to try to get you to contribute to the community. A different perspective Everything you do with Gaisce […]

Gaisce Gold participant Lorcan Tuohy-Donnelly interview

  Lorcan Tuohy-Donnelly, is currently doing a Gold Award in Borrisokane Community College, Tipperary with the support of his PAL Deirdre Kyne. Having completed his Gaisce Silver Award last year, he spoke to Spin SW DJ Louise Cantillon last week ahead of our Gaisce Silver Awards in Limerick last week to give her an insight […]

Gaisce are seeking Volunteers for Garden Parties at Áras an Uachtaráin

Would you like to be an event volunteer at one of  Áras an Uachtaráin’s Garden Parties this June? We are looking for friendly and outgoing Gaisce participants, and awardees, who would like to assist the Áras an Uachtaráin with their upcoming Garden Parties this June. The role involves meeting and greeting attendees, helping with queries […]

Young people’s achievements celebrated at Gaisce Silver Awards

Gaisce – The President’s Award held two special Silver Award ceremonies last week to celebrate the achievements of 69 young people from all over Ireland. The first ceremony was held in Thomond Park in Limerick on 30th April and was MC’d by Spin Southwest’s Louise Cantillon. Munster Rugby’s Marcus Horan, who was guest speaker on […]

Going for Gold Limerick 30th April

Interested in undertaking the Gaisce Gold Award? Not sure what a Residential project is? Want to meet fellow Gaisce participants and PALs? Gaisce’s Going for Gold event aims to answer all your questions and demystify the Gaisce Gold Award. Going for Gold is open to current Gold Participants, President Award Leader’s and those curious about […]

Gaisce Participants Recognised by Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards

“Going for the Gold Gaisce Award is huge for me” – Gaisce Participant Lorcan Tuohy Donnelly, Borrisokane Community College Nine Gaisce participants and awardees have been shortlisted for the Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards which take place this Thursday 28th March at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, which is […]

Silver Award Ceremony dates for Spring 2019

  Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to announce the dates & locations for Spring Silver Award ceremonies: 6.30pm 30th April 2019 Thomond Park, Limerick 6.30pm 3rd May 2019 Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin How to attend Spring Silver Ceremonies: PALs should have their Silver Awardees signed off ‘completed’ by the 27th March 2019. PALs with completed awardees […]

PAL Essential Information 2019

Gaisce would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our President\’s Award Leaders for their dedication to supporting young people to realise their potential.  As ever, please call or email your Development Officer if you need any advice or a question answered. Below is a reminder of the protocol for Bronze Medal dispatch […]

Gaisce launches ‘Wavelength’ – a new nationwide integration project with the generous support of The Coca Cola Foundation

Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton TD joined Gaisce and Coca-Cola Ireland to launch Wavelength, Gaisce’s new nationwide integration project on Monday, 18th February 2019. Wavelength aims to ensure young people aged 18-25 who are seeking asylum or have refugee status in Ireland have the opportunity to participate in Gaisce – […]

Gaisce seeks Youth Programme Facilitator for LikeMinded

Gaisce – The President’s Award are seeking an enthusiastic facilitator to convene 13 peer led meet ups with young people between February and the end of July 2019. The meet ups will take place on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm bi-monthly in a Dublin city venue as part of our LGBTI+ youth programme ‘LikeMinded’. The role […]

LikeMinded – LGBTI+ youth programme – CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

  Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to invite applications for LikeMinded, an exciting new LGBTI+ youth programme commencing in 2019. We are seeking 12 young people aged 14 -17 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning to take part. LikeMinded is an opportunity for you to challenge yourself while having fun […]

Record number of Inspirational Young People Honoured By President Michael D. Higgins

Monday 10th December 2018, saw more than 36,000 hours of commitment and dedication culminate at a special awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. Patron of Gaisce, President Michael D. Higgins, presented 77 inspirational young people from across Ireland with their prestigious Gaisce Gold Awards. This is the largest number of young people to have been honoured […]

Brand new project position with Gaisce – The President’s Award

GAISCE – THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD / JOB SPECIFICATION   Position: Project Manager Reporting to: Operations and Development Manager Contract: Fixed-term 1 year [with an opportunity to renew, subject to funding] Office Location: Dublin   GAISCE – THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD / JOB SPECIFICATION   Position: Project Manager Reporting to: Operations and Development Manager Contract: Fixed-term 1 […]

Gaisce announces Euroscola competition winner!

Gaisce, with support from the EU Parliament Office, is delighted to announce that Gaisce participants from Colaiste Nano Nagle in Limerick were chosen to travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in 2019. The participants were chosen for their efforts in designing a 4 page information leaflet about the Netherlands. The 24 Gaisce participants will […]

GAISCE AND FORÓIGE SEEK YOUNG PEOPLE FOR SILVER GAISCE CLUB IN WICKLOW TOWN

Gaisce – The President’s Award together with Foróige are seeking young people for a brand new and unique type of Foróige Club: The Silver Gaisce Club The group will be aged between 15 and 17 and there will be approximately 10-20 young people in the club with up to 3 volunteers. Unlike regular Foróige clubs, […]

Gaisce Enters Charity Impact Awards 2018

https://youtu.be/TRliG6Je2b8 Gaisce is delighted to be involved in the Charity Impact Awards 2018 for medium sized organisations. This award celebrates the work of community & voluntary and charitable organisations, clubs or groups that have brought about positive change. Shortlists will be announced next Monday, 12th November. The positive impact of Gaisce’s work is twofold, in […]

Gaisce and Foróige are seeking adult volunteers and young people for NEW Gaisce Silver Club in Wicklow Town

Gaisce – The President’s Award together with Foróige are seeking volunteer leaders and new members for a brand new and unique type of club. The club will be be run as a regular Foróige club but with a focus on members working towards achieving their Silver Gaisce Award. FOR ADULT VOLUNTEERS: The Role of a […]

Achievements of young people from across Ireland celebrated at Gaisce Silver Award Ceremonies

Gaisce held two Silver Award Ceremonies in October 2018 to celebrate the achievements of young people from across Ireland. Over 180 young people were honoured at the Silver Award Ceremonies which took place in Cork and Dublin. The first ceremony took place at the Aula Maxima, UCC in Cork on Wednesday 10th October 2018. Speakers […]

Gaisce/ Red FM Internship Programme

Red FM, Cork’s Hit Music Station, has partnered with Gaisce – The President’s Award to offer one lucky Gaisce participant or Award holder the opportunity to intern at the radio station in 2019. This exciting opportunity offers the successful applicant the chance to gain experience from industry professionals, develop their skill set for the real […]

Gaisce are seeking a Governance and Administration Officer

GAISCE – THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD / JOB SPECIFICATION Position: Governance and Administration Officer Reporting to: The Office Manager Contract: Initial 12-month contract with opportunity to extend to permanent position Location: Phoenix Park, Dublin Salary: €30-35K (DOE)   Gaisce – The President’s Award is seeking to recruit an organised and enthusiastic administrator to support, manage and […]

Gaisce partner holds first ever National Walking Day

Our Challenge Partner, Get Ireland Walking, will hold its first ever National Walking Day on Sunday 30th September as part of European Week of Sport 2018. The day is being held on the final day of European Week of Sport which is taking place 22nd-30th September 2018, in partnership with Sport Ireland, Healthy Ireland and […]

Gaisce are seeking a Development Officer

  GAISCE – THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD / JOB SPECIFICATION  Position: Development Officer Reporting to: Operations and Development Manager Contract: Fixed-term position for 3 years Office Location: Dublin   Position Summary Gaisce – The President’s Award is seeking an enthusiastic, confident and self-driven person to engage and support organisations who wish to deliver the Gaisce programme. […]

Going for Gold workshop for Gold participants and PALs – book now!

Following on from our 2 events in Spring 2018 we are delighted to present another ‘Going for Gold’ information session on 18th October 2018 in DIT Aungier Street from 6-8pm. This 2 hours session will provide presentations and inspiration for participants and PALs on all aspects of the Gold Award including the Adventure Journey and […]

Gaisce adventure journey planning workshop – book now!

Registration is now open for the Gaisce adventure journey planning workshop. This brand new support for participants and PALs will be held at Gaisce HQ, Ratra House, and Phoenix Park on 10th November 2018 from 9.30am to 4pm. The fee is €15 per participant including lunch and snacks. This day long indoor and outdoor workshop […]

Silver Award Ceremonies – book now!

Gaisce Silver ceremonies will take place on: Wednesday 10th October 2018 in UCC Tuesday 16th October 2018 in The Helix, DCU PALs who have Silver participants who want to attend these ceremonies must approve them online by 21st September 2018 and also RSVP on our Eventbrite by the same date! Registration is open on our Eventbrite […]

Essential PAL Information 2018

Participant Registration: Participants must register for their Gaisce award before undertaking any Gaisce activities. Gaisce activities will not be backdated so please ensure young people register under their PAL before they begin. The number of weeks between registration and completion must comply with the Gaisce requirements e.g. min. 26 weeks for Bronze and Silver Awards. […]

Gaisce is delighted to partner with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation’s ‘Flag Day’

  Gaisce is delighted to partner with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation’s ‘Flag Day’. Gaisce Bronze participants in TY can fulfil the requirements for the Community Involvement OR Personal Skill aspects (not both) of their Gaisce Award by working on weekly activities working towards ‘Flag Day’.  This involves registering with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation […]

Gaisce partners with the GAA Future Leaders Transition Year Programme

Gaisce are delighted to be partnering with the GAA Future Leaders Transition Year Programme, a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils.  The programme gives participants the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games.  As […]

Gaisce – The President’s Award and parkrun Ireland announce Partnership

On Monday the 3rd September, 2018, Gaisce, The President’s Award and parkrun Ireland announced their partnership which will see parkrun become an official challenge partner for Gaisce.  parkruns are free, socially focused, volunteer-led 5k events that take place at 9:30am every Saturday in 80 different parks and open spaces across Ireland, and are open to […]

Travel to Strasbourg with your Gaisce participants in January 2019

Gaisce, in partnership with the European Union Parliament Information Office, is offering Gaisce participants in DEIS schools a fantastic opportunity to travel to Strasbourg in January 2019 and experience what it’s like to be an MEP for a day. It brings together 500 16 – 18 year old students from all 28 EU Member States. […]

Cross-border Gold Award Residential a great success

Gaisce and the Joint Award Initiative/Duke of Edinburgh Award NI were delighted to partner on a Gold Award Residential taking place over 4 nights and 5 days from the 27th to the 31st of August 2018 in the beautiful Castle Saunderson Estate, Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Young people from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland who […]

Going For Gold – Workshop For Gold Participants And PALs

Following on from our 2 events in Spring 2018 we are delighted to present another ‘Going for Gold’ information session on October 18th in DIT Aungier Street from 6-8pm. This 2 hour session will provide presentations and inspiration for participants and PALs on all aspects of the Gold Award including the Adventure Journey and Residential […]

Gaisce Adventure Journey Preparation Training

GAISCE Adventure Journey Preparation Training will take place in Gaisce HQ, Ratra House, Phoenix Park on November 10th from 9.30am to 4pm. Fee €15 including lunch and snacks. This day long indoor and outdoor workshop is primarily aimed at Gold participants and their PALs but also may be of interest to all other registered PALs […]

Ranelagh Gaels GAA partner with Gaisce

Gaisce are delighted to announce that Dublin 6 based GAA club Ranelagh Gaels have partnered with Gaisce to help its participants meet different sections of the Award programme. Formed in 2003 the club has grown steadily to become a permanent fixture in the area. Ranelagh Gaels play their home matches in Bushy Park, Terenure.  HOW […]

Gaisce partners with Dublin International Film Festival

Gaisce, along with the Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF), are delighted to announce an exciting, dynamic new partnership. The DIFF have invited Gaisce participants between the ages of 15-16, and who are living in the Dublin 8 and surrounding areas, to apply for their Screen8 programme which will give 15 young people an opportunity to be […]

EPA support Gaisce Residential Project

Gaisce are delighted to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency have decided to sponsor their Joint Award Initiative Residential which is done in partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh Award/The Duke of Edinburgh International Award. This brilliant opportunity will take place over 4 nights and 5 days from the 27th to the 31st of August […]

Kinsale OEC and Gaisce partnership a huge success

Last week Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre and Gaisce came together to celebrate the achievements of six Bronze Awardees. The Awardees in question graduated from the Young Mariner Programme, a 9 month outdoor education course which facilitated them to achieve their Gaisce Award. Gasice CEO Yvonne McKenna was on hand to congratulate the participants on achieving […]

Gaisce are seeking an Events and Engagement Officer

GAISCE – THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD / JOB SPECIFICATION  Position: Events and Engagement Officer Reporting to: Marketing and Communications Manager Contract: Full-time, 3-year contract with a 6 – month probationary period Salary: €32,000 – €34,000 (DOE) Location: Dublin (some travel may be necessary) Gaisce – The President’s Award is looking for a motivated and experienced individual, […]

Gaisce are seeking a Marketing & Communications Officer

Marketing and Communications Officer  GAISCE – THE PRESIDENT‘S AWARD / JOB SPECIFICATION  Position:                    Marketing and Communications Officer Reporting to:           Marketing and Communications Manager Contract:                   Full-time, 3 year contract with a 6 – month probationary period. Salary:                       €32,000 –  €34,000 DOE Location:                   Dublin (some travel may be necessary) Gaisce – The […]

Gaisce Partner with UCD & RCSI on sugar tax

Gaisce are delighted to announce a new partnership with University College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Over the next number of years right up until 2020 the two groups will be involved with running a \’citizen science\’ project that aims to explore if a tax added to sugar-sweetened drinks might benefit public […]

Exciting Opportunity to Volunteer at The President’s Garden Parties

We are looking for friendly and outgoing Gaisce Participants, and Awardees, who would like to assist the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and Áras an Uachtaráin with their upcoming Garden Parties this June and July. The role involves meeting and greeting attendees, helping with queries and acting as Gaisce ambassadors at the events. You […]

Gaisce Partner with X-HALE for youth groups

Gaisce are delighted to announce a new partnership with X-HALE. X-HALE is an Irish Cancer Society initiative which partners with youth organisations and young people to work towards a tobacco free generation.  According to research, about 8% of young people aged 10-17 in Ireland smoke. We are very much looking forward to encouraging youth groups across the […]

Exciting Gold Award Residential Opportunity

Gaisce and the Joint Award Initiative/Duke of Edinburgh’s Award NI are delighted to partner on a Gold Award Residential taking place over 4 nights and 5 days from the 27th to the 31st of August 2018 in the beautiful Castle Sanderson Estate, Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Places on the residential will be available to young people […]

DEIS schools can visit Strasbourg with Gaisce

The EU Parliament Information Office in Dublin are delighted to be offering their Euroscola Programme to DEIS schools who currently offer the Gaisce programme to their students. Next year 24 Gaisce participants will get the opportunity to travel to Strasbourg with two teachers for three days in January 2019 (dates TBC). There they will work […]

John Cunningham announced as Chair of Gaisce Council

Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today announced the appointment of Mr. John Cunningham as the new Chair of the Council of Gaisce – The President’s Award for a three-year term. Making the announcement, Minister Zappone said, “I am delighted to appoint such an eminently qualified person as Mr. Cunningham to this […]

Going for Gold Information Evening-Cork

We are delighted to announce that Gaisce will be holding a Gold Award Information session on Thursday the 10th of May for President Award Leaders (PALs), Gold Award participants and others who may be interested in beginning their Gold Award journey. This informative session will take place at University College Cork from 6-8 pm. Gaisce […]

Gaisce are seeking a Youth Justice Development Officer

GAISCE – THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD / JOB SPECIFICATION  Position: Youth Justice Development Officer Reporting to: Operations and Development Manager Contract: Fixed-term position for 1 Year with opportunity for an extension [subject to funding]  Salary: €32,000 – €35,751 (PRD/’pension levy’ is applicable) Location: Dublin (some travel will be necessary)  We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic […]

Gaisce and Foróige seek volunteers for new clubs

      Gaisce – The President’s Award together with Foróige are seeking volunteer leaders for a brand new and unique type of Foroige Club. The Role of a Gaisce/Foróige Club Volunteer Leader: This role requires volunteers to co-ordinate weekly meetings for a group of young people. The group will be aged between 15 and […]

Going for Gold Information Evening

We are delighted to announce that Gaisce will be holding an information session on Tuesday March 13th for President Award Leaders, Gold Award participants and others who may be interested in beginning their Gold Award journey.  This informative session will take place at Science Gallery, Trinity College from 6-8 pm. Gaisce staff will be on-hand […]

Join the Gaisce Team! We are seeking to recruit an Administrator.

Administrator Job Description-2018   Job Title: Administrator Reporting To: The Office Manager Hours: 28 hrs per week Salary: Pro rata €25,000 FTE Duration: 1 year Location: Ratra House, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, D08 YD62     ROLE PROFILE      ADMINISTRATOR 
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Speech by President Michael D. Higgins at the 2017 Gaisce Gold Award Ceremony

Speech by President Michael D. Higgins, At the 2017 Gaisce Gold Award Ceremony Dublin Castle Wednesday,6th December, 2017   Dear friends,   It gives me great pleasure to be here with you today to recognise the dedication, perseverance and generosity of our Gaisce Gold recipients, and to present 55 talented young people with their award. […]

The No Name Club becomes Gaisce Challenge Partner

The No Name Club enables young people to organise and enjoy positive alternatives to alcohol and drug centered activities and increases awareness of the effects of  alcohol and drugs to help young people make informed choices when they are older. Gaisce is delighted that The No Name Club is an official Gaisce Challenge Partner and […]

Tall Ships Residential Opportunity with the Atlantic Youth Trust

The Atlantic Youth Trust has teamed up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Gaisce – The President’s Award to offer two young people, one from DofE and one from Gaisce the opportunity to participate in a 10 day Tall Ships voyage around New Zealand on the Spirit of New Zealand [4 – 18 Jan […]

Exciting New Role at Gaisce – The President’s Award: Marketing Manager

  GAISCE – THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD / JOB SPECIFICATION Position: Marketing Manager Reporting to: The CEO Contract: Fixed-term position for 3 years Salary: €58,000 – 62,000 DOE Location: Dublin (some travel may be necessary) Application Form: Download here Full Job Specification: Download here We are looking for a talented individual with a track record of […]

Gaisce Adventure Journey Supervisor Course

Planning for a Gaisce Adventure Journey? Are you unsure what is involved in helping Gaisce Award participants with their Adventure Journey? Are you unclear on any aspect of the Adventure Journey Policy? Would you like to meet with peers, discuss the practicalities and pick up some hints and useful information?  Why not sign up for […]

Gaisce Council Update

Thank you to everyone who applied to join the Gaisce Council. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs have confirmed applications will be assessed by the end of August and applicants will be contacted once the Minister has made a decision. 

YouthBank Ireland Become Gaisce Challenge Partners

Gaisce is delighted to welcome YouthBank Ireland on board as a Challenge Partner.  YouthBank Ireland is based on the simple idea that young people aged 14-25 years old have access to decision-making and participatory grant-making opportunities in their communities.  YouthBank is managed by the Irish Youth Foundation and is an all-island of Ireland initiative of […]

Arch Clubs Become Gaisce Challenge Partners

Gaisce is delighted to welcome Arch Clubs on board as an official Challenge Partner.  The National Federation of Arch Clubs was set up in 1976 by a group of parents and friends who came together in order to provide a secure, social environment for people with special needs, their siblings and friends to learn, form […]

Gaisce is delighted to welcome Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Leisure Services an official Gaisce Challenge Partner.

  Gaisce is delighted to welcome DLR Leisure as an official Gaisce Challenge Partner.   DLR Leisure was established in 2009 by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, they have 4 centres in South Dublin: Dlr Leisure Meadowbrook,  Dlr Leisure Loughlinstown, Dlr Leisure Ballyogan and Dlr Leisure Monkstown along with two golf courses at Stepaside and Marlay. DLR Leisure provide […]

Novas CEO, Michael Goulding praises stunning makeover completed at Novas’ DIAL House for young Care Leavers with DFS, Gaisce and Roisin Lafferty Designer                                                                                  

Over the past few months, DFS, the sofa retailer, has funded a project to bring together its charity partner Gaisce and DFS Brand Ambassador, Interiors expert Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design to give Novas’ DIAL House, a residential home for young care leavers, a fresh look, which really mirrors a family home environment. Michael […]

Join the Gaisce Council!

                                                          *Thank you to everyone who applied for a position, we had an outstanding response. Applications for these positions are now closed* Are you passionate about enhancing […]

#GaisceAdventure17 Instagram Competition!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our #GaisceAdventure17 Instagram competition!  This year we are also delighted to say that there are 3 fantastic prizes up for grabs!  First prize is an amazing GoPro Hero Session (€229). Second prize will receive a €150 voucher for Basecamp, with third place receiving a €100 euro voucher for […]

Gaisce PAL Hike

Gaisce staff are going to join PALs, along with Silver and Gold participants who are over 18 years old, for a short hike to put into practice the learning from the information session in Basecamp.  The hike will be guided by An Oige, a Gaisce Challenge Partner, who will highlight the best routes to take and […]

Design dreams at Novas’ DIAL House for young Care Leavers with DFS, Gaisce and Roisin Lafferty Designer

To mark its first anniversary of successful trading in Limerick, DFS, the sofa retailer, is working with its charity partner Gaisce and its Brand Ambassador, award winning Interiors expert Roisin Lafferty, to give DIAL House residential home a new look to really mirror a family home environment.  “I feel very passionately that where you live really impacts […]

Are you thinking of doing your Adventure Journey on the Wicklow Way this year?

Event date: Wednesday 22nd March Event time: 18.00 to 19.30 Venue: Basecamp Outdoor Adventure Store, Middle Abbey St, Dublin 1 Gaisce has teamed up with Basecamp – the outdoor adventure store to run an information session on the Gaisce Adventure Journey.  Russ Mills from Mountain Trails will be speaking to give information about routes, places to stay and what you should […]

An Óige Become Gaisce Challenge Partners

Gaisce – The President\’s Award are delighted to announce An Óige as our latest Challenge Partner. Since its inception in 1931, An Óige has expanded and added hostels and franchise hostels to its network as well as losing some hostels due to wear and tear and various incidents along the way! Now, over 85 years […]

Invitation to pilot new Junior Gaisce Programme

In 2017/2018, Gaisce will pilot a new Junior Gaisce programme for 2nd year students in Leinster. We want to find out if Gaisce is suitable for a younger age group and are looking for school based PALs to take part in this exciting opportunity. PALs will share their knowledge and expertise to help create and […]

PAL Survey

Last year, Gaisce surveyed all PALs to hear about how they found the role of a PAL, various levels of support and to get PAL feedback on upcoming events. This year Gaisce are hoping to get even more feedback from all PALs! By completing our annual survey PALs can provide Gaisce with invaluable feedback and […]

Upcoming PAL Connect Events

  Due to high demand, we are excited to announce more PAL Connect events taking place this year! PAL Connect is an opportunity for Gaisce President\’s Award Leaders to share experiences, challenges and learnings. Learn more about Gaisce\’s new resources and supports for Gaisce PALs and share practical tips and approaches to delivering the Gaisce programme […]

Gaisce competition to remodel DIAL House with DFS and help to change lives

Calling all artistic Gaisce participants! Gaisce – The President’s Award are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with Ireland’s premier sofa company, DFS, in Limerick to offer artistic Gaisce participants a very exciting chance to make a real difference to their community! DFS are offering one Gaisce Participant based in Limerick the chance to […]

ECO-UNESCO Becomes Gaisce Challenge Partner

Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to announce that ECO-UNESCO has become an official Gaisce Challenge Partner. Gaisce Challenge Partners support and involve young people to participate in one or more Gaisce Challenge Area, allowing Gaisce participants to use relevant activities to count towards achieving a Gaisce Award. ECO-UNESCO is Ireland\’s Environmental Education and Youth Organisation affiliated […]

Habitat for Humanity Ireland Becomes Gaisce Challenge Partner

Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to announce that Habitat for Humanity Ireland has become an official Gaisce Challenge Partner. Gaisce Challenge Partners support and involve young people to participate in one or more Gaisce Challenge Area, allowing Gaisce participants to use relevant activities to count towards achieving a Gaisce Award. Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s vision […]

Gaisce Gold Award Ceremony 2016

Yesterday the Gaisce Gold Award Ceremony took place in St Patrick’s Hall with our very special guest, the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. The ceremony celebrated the fantastic achievements of 65 Gold Gaisce Awardees. Many of whom have previously achieved both their Bronze and Silver Gaisce Award. We were also incredibly fortunate to have […]

SciFest becomes Gaisce Challenge Partner

Gaisce – The President\’s Award is delighted to announce that SciFest has become an official Gaisce Challenge Partner. Gaisce Challenge Partners support and involve young people to participate in one or more Gaisce Challenge Area, allowing Gaisce participants to use relevant activities to count towards achieving a Gaisce Award. SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs for […]

Gaisce Silver Award Ceremony: Dublin

Only 1 day until our first Silver Award Ceremony of 2016 in the Helix Dublin, on Thursday 27th October and we’re looking forward to presenting you with your Gaisce Silver Award medal. In advance of Thursday, we have a few reminders beforehand that we would like to inform you about. In order to attend you […]

Gaisce Silver Award Ceremonies

  Gaisce are delighted to announce the details of our Silver Gaisce ceremonies taking place around Ireland. **Please note that all Awardees who wish to attend must be registered as \’completed\’ on our website before the closing dates listed below. To register click on link to your chosen Ceremony below: • Gaisce Silver Award Ceremony […]

The HOPE Foundation Becomes Gaisce Challenge Partner

In recognition of the relationship between The HOPE Foundation and Gaisce – The President’s Award, The HOPE Foundation is now an official Gaisce Challenge Partner. Young people who volunteer with The HOPE Foundation can use their activities to complete either the Community Involvement or Personal Skill Challenge areas of the Gaisce programme at Bronze, Silver […]

BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Becomes Gaisce Challenge Partner

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is now an official Gaisce Challenge Partner, allowing young people (aged 15-19*) who are planning and preparing a project for entry to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition to use their participation to count towards the ‘Personal Skill’ challenge area of Gaisce – The President’s Award at Bronze level. […]

Become a Youth Engagement Volunteer!

Are you a Gaisce Awardee? We have an exciting volunteering opportunity for you! This Autumn, Gaisce – The President’s Award is looking for volunteers based in Dublin, Cork and Galway to get involved in a new volunteer programme.  The Youth Engagement Volunteer Programme is a great opportunity for Gaisce Awardees to share their stories, talk about their […]

New Adventure Journey Supervisor Training Dates

Following the success of our first Adventure Journey Supervisor Training Course earlier this year, Gaisce – The President’s Award is excited to announce further training dates this Autumn in collaboration with Scouting Ireland.  Gaisce’s Adventure Journey Supervisor Training will outline all of the necessary approaches required to ensure the safety of Gaisce participants and that all […]

Irish Youth Music Awards announce National Day

    The Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) National Day takes place at the Aviva stadium on the 16th of April. The IYMA’s are Ireland’s only all Ireland Youth Music festival with acts performing from all over Ireland. In recognition of the great fit between the Irish Youth Music Awards and Gaisce – The President’s […]

47 young people celebrate receiving Gaisce Gold Awards from President Michael D Higgins

  Awardees clocked up over 10,000 hours in completing personal, community and physical challenges   The Patron of Gaisce, President Michael D Higgins, today presented 47 young people from across the island of Ireland with Gaisce Gold Awards.   The President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina attended a special Gaisce Gold Award presentation ceremony […]

Irish Girl Guides and Gaisce – The President’s Award launch partnership

Irish Girl Guides and Gaisce – The President’s Award launch partnership to encourage young women to reach for the sun, moon and stars! Gaisce – the President’s Award, and Irish Girl Guides (IGG) have launched a partnership to encourage young women to reach for the sun, moon and stars! Recognising the similarities between their award […]

Your small change can make a big difference this National Coin Week!

  National  Coin  Week  2nd  – 8th  November  2015   As  The  Central  Bank  rolls  out  the  rounding  of  1c  and  2c  coins  this  Wednesday,  October  28th,  \’Change  for  Charity\’  is  launching  National  Coin  Week  where the people  of  Ireland  are  being  asked  to  donate  their  coppers  to  this  campaign.     There  are  over  €35 MILLION of  these coins […]

Change for Charity and the removal of 1c and 2c coins

Change for Charity welcomes the decision by the Government today (16 June 2015) to rollout the rounding of 1c and 2c coins nationally. “Change for Charity\” has been in place since last October encouraging people all over the country to donate their unwanted 1c and 2c coins to help support a number of Irish Charities. […]

Research Synopsis

In 2010, the Gaisce Council undertook to explore the impact of participation in Gaisce on young people through supporting independent doctoral research. Now complete, and being published as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, the findings of that research are significant in highlighting the very positive impact that participation in Gaisce has on young people […]

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