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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 …

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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. …

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We’re Hiring! Business Support Administrator (Full-Time)

Don't miss this opportunity to join the Gaisce - The President's Award team! We're looking for our next Business Support Administrator (Full-Time). Gaisce –The President’s Award is a self-development programme …

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Going For Gold – Gaisce Gold Award Information Session

Learn about the Gold Award and its requirements. Get support and your questions answered to help you achieve your Gold Award! Next Session: Date: 24/04/24 Time: 19:00-20:00 Register Free: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/801206770017/?aff=oddtdtcreator …

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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 …

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Gaisce’s Winter E-Zine 23/24

Check out our Autumn 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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Future Generations: Gaisce Climate Justice Conference

This event has passed. Please check our ‘What’s Happening’ section for upcoming events. This November, Gaisce – The President’s Award will host Future Generations: A Gaisce Climate Justice Conference in …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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LikeMinded Allies: PAL Event for Stand Up Awareness Week

This event has passed. Please check our 'What's Happening' section for upcoming events. Gaisce – The President’s Award is proud to host LikeMinded Allies: A Gaisce PAL Event for Stand …

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PAL Spotlight – Frieda Bent

PAL Spotlight – Frieda Bent | Gaisce Stories Where are you a President’s Award Leader, and what do you do there? KARE is an organisation based in counties, Kildare, West …

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Foróige Apache Youth Club – Art Exhibition

Foróige Apache Youth Club – Art Exhibition | Gaisce Stories Our Development Officer Stephen Peers visited the Foróige Apache Youth Club for their Art Exhibition on Saturday 1st April. Their …

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PAL Spotlight – Helen Farrell

PAL Spotlight – Helen Farrell | Gaisce Stories Gaisce Stories’ PAL Spotlight is an opportunity to promote the work and voice of our President’s Award Leaders! We reached out to …

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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 …

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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 …

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PAL Spotlight – Helen Farrell | Gaisce Stories

PAL Spotlight - Helen Farrell Gaisce Stories' PAL Spotlight is an opportunity to promote the work and voice of our President's Award Leaders! We reached out to Helen Farrell, who …

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Foróige Apache Youth Club – Art Exhibition | Gaisce Stories

Our Development Officer Stephen Peers visited the Foróige Apache Youth Club for their Art Exhibition on Saturday 1st April.

PAL Spotlight – Frieda Bent | Gaisce Stories

PAL Spotlight is an opportunity to promote the work and voice of our President’s Award Leaders!

Gaisce Awardees visit Houses of the Oireachtas for International Women’s Day event | Gaisce Stories

Gaisce Awardees visit Houses of Oireachtas for International Women’s Day

Gaisce Spring E-Zine Out Now!

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Sarah Malone’s Bronze Gaisce Award Journey | Gaisce Stories

Sarah Malone’s Bronze Gaisce Award Journey

Pobalscoil Neasáin in Portugal – Gold Adventure Journey | Gaisce Stories

Pobalscoil Neasáin in Portugal – Gold Adventure Journey

The Big School Sleepover – Tullamore College Adventure Journey | Gaisce Stories

Equal Access for All: Keeping the Adventure Journey Costs Down In April last year, Tullamore College students undertook their Gaisce Adventure Journey with a twist – an overnight sleep in …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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See Your Bees Photography Competition Winners

Lidl Ireland has teamed up with Gaisce - The President's Award to offer bee-spotters an epic chance to win Lidl Ireland vouchers and if you're currently a Gaisce Participant, to …

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From Planting Bulbs for Bees to Global Citizenship: Over 75 young people receive Gaisce Gold Award honour for inspirational and outstanding contribution to society

President Higgins presents awards to participants at first in-person ceremony in three years. Over 25,000 hours of personal development and community involvement recognised at awards ceremony. 5th July, 2022: 79 young people from across …

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Gaisce Online System Login

Welcome to the Gaisce Online System!   This is where President's Award Leaders update the information and completions of their Gaisce Participants. If you have any queries, you can visit …

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The Impact of Gaisce – The President’s Award on young adults in Irish prisons

In April 2022 Silvia Gagliardi and Orlaith Rice at UCD completed an evaluation report on ‘The Impact of Gaisce – The President’s Award on young adults in Irish prisons’. This …

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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 …

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Gaisce Online (GO) is coming soon!

Gaisce Online (GO) is coming soon! Gaisce – The President’s Award is delighted to be moving to a new-look, improved and updated online system for our President’s Award Leaders (PALs) …

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Gaisce welcomes Shauna Hoey to the team

Sligo native Shauna Hoey has joined Gaisce – The President’s Award as a Development Officer. Shauna has worked in the youth sector since graduating from Sligo Institute of Technology in 2013. While completing …

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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 …

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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 …

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FutureTalks series a resounding success

Gaisce  - The President's Award, as part of its Wavelength programme, recently hosted a five part series of workshops and talks for participants. 'FutureTalks' was an opportunity for Wavelength participants …

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“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 …

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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 …

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Gaisce – The President’s Award is hosting a five-part FutureTalks series

Gaisce – The President’s Award is hosting a five-part FutureTalks series, starting on November 17th!   What is FutureTalks? The FutureTalks series is an opportunity for Gaisce participants to connect …

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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 …

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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 …

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Gaisce – The President’s Award welcomes The Alzheimer Society of Ireland as new Challenge Partner

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has been officially announced as a new Challenge Partner with Gaisce – The President’s Award.  Challenge Partners support and involve young people to participate in …

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President Higgins supports Gaisce’s #BulbsForBees campaign

Message from President Michael D. Higgins May I take this opportunity to thank Gaisce for designing and launching the most important initiative that is BulbsForBees. Today, across the world, our …

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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 …

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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, …

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Gaisce – The President’s Award calls on the public to plant a bulb to protect our bees

To celebrate 35 years of Gaisce – The President’s Award, the organisation is encouraging people across the country regardless of age, location or size of back garden to take up their own Gaisce challenge this autumn and …

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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 …

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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 …

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Limerick woman appointed as Gaisce’s Digital Media & Communications Officer

Limerick native Niamh Dillon has been appointed to Gaisce – The President’s Award as their new Digital Media and Communications officer. She joins the communications team having started her media …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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Safeguarding

Updated 22nd April 2020 Gaisce would like to remind PALs that they should continue to be alert and vigilant to the possibility that a child protection concern may arise in …

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Progressions

Updated 22nd April 2020 Now is a good time to encourage progression to the next award level so participants can keep busy and continue with Gaisce activities at home. Participants …

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Completion Period

Updated 22nd April 2020 We are aware that May is traditionally when many of our participants complete their Gaisce journeys. I know that in these unprecedented times it might seem …

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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, …

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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. …

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Gaisce at Home Record Sheets and Resources

Thank you for your interest in Gaisce at Home/ Gaisce sa Bhaile. Please find record sheets below for Bronze and Silver. Bronze Record Sheet Silver Record Sheet   Please find …

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Update 25th March: Gaisce Defence Forces Adventure Challenge 2020

Update 25th March 2020  Due to the ever-evolving situation as Ireland responds to Covid -19, the upcoming ‘Gaisce Defence Forces Challenge 2020’ due to take place from June 2nd-5th has …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 – …

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“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 …

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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 …

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Gaisce Adventure Seekers take on Defence Forces Challenge!

30 young Gaisce participants from across Ireland concluded four days of hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, swimming and army assault courses last Friday as they took part in the annual Defence …

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“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. …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Applications Open for Gaisce Defence Forces Adventure Challenge 2019

“It was a great experience and I would love to do it all over again” – Defence Forces Participant 2018 Looking for an adventure? Our Defence Forces Challenge could be …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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] …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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: …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Gaisce partner with Teen-Turn and The Digital Hub

            Gaisce are delighted to announce a new and exciting partnership with both Teen Turn and The Digital Hub. Teen Turn offer a programme for girls …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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’, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Join the Gaisce Council!

                                                          *Thank …

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#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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Getting started with your Gaisce Challenge!

  So, you have decided to start your Gaisce journey. Congratulations! But, before you dive in, let’s make sure you have everything you need to get you on your way to …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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8 tips to make sure your #GaisceAdventure hike is a walk in the park!

  So you’ve got your transport sorted, your route planned and your Instagram filters on standby– what else is required for your Gaisce Adventure Journey?   For all those about …

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Instagram your #GaisceAdventure and you could win a GoPro Camera!

We’ve teamed up with Barker Photographic in Cork to offer Gaisce participants the chance to win a brand new GoPro Hero HD Camera! With Spring finally here, what better way …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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  …

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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 …

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Hugh MacConville

Development Officer hmacconville@gaisce.ie

30th Anniversary and Research Launch Event

Does Gaisce – The President’s Award act as catalyst in the enhancement of the psychological attributes of: hope, self-efficacy, self-esteem, happiness, and psychological well-being in its participants? Download the full …

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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 …

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New study shows Gaisce’s positive impact on mental health and wellbeing of young people in Ireland

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly, launches new research as part of Gaisce – The President’s Award 30 year anniversary. According to a new research report published …

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Participant Stories: Glen Kelly

Glen is from Athy, Co. Kildare. Having been involved with Gaisce since he was 15, attaining both Bronze and Silver Awards, he recently completed his Gold Award. He says his …

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Participant Stories: Jamie Moore

Jamie is from Dungarvan, Co Waterford and has completed both his Bronze and Silver Gaisce Awards. Jamie was first introduced to Gaisce while in Transition Year, and his aim from …

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Participant Stories: Cusile O’Donovan

Cuisle, from Galway City, obtained her Bronze Award during Transition Year in Colaiste Iognaid. In 2008, she graduated as a physiotherapist from Trinity College Dublin and the progressed with her …

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Participant Stories: Christina Quinn

A native of Galway City, Christina had already achieved her Bronze Gaisce Award when she decided to complete her Gold Award with the help of her PAL Lorraine Tansey. Christina, …

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Participant Stories: Mary Angela Quigley

Cork-based Mary Angela is currently training to become a health care assistant in a nursing home. Mary Angela has achieved both her Bronze and Silver Gaisce awards while being a …

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Participant Stories: Kerri-Anne Cully

Currently based in Somerset, South West England, Kerri-Anne Cully is originally from Co Cavan and recently qualified as an occupational therapist (OT). While reading her local newspaper, she came across …

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Participant Stories: Christopher Smith

Christopher is from Belfast but moved to Dublin four years ago to work with Citywise, an educational charity that he has been a member of since he was eight years …

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Participant Stories: Andrew Wheeler

Andrew travelled to Ireland from Australia in 2008 and once settled, sought out new challenges. Andrew had already completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award in Australia six months before …

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Participant Stories: Avril Buttle

Avril completed her Bronze & Silver awards while at Colaiste Bride in Enniscorthy, along the way she learned how to play guitar, played tag rugby, coached tennis, volunteered in a …

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Participant Stories: Michelle Murphy

A student in NUI Maynooth, Michelle began her Bronze award in 2010, she received her Silver award in 2011 and had her Gold completed by 2013! Michelle loves nothing better than a …

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Participant Stories: Tommy Monahan

“I gained so much more from it than I put in, and would recommend the award to anyone” Tommy completed his award at the age of 21, while studying in Trinity. …

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Participant Stories: Julie Patterson

Julie first encountered Gaisce in Transition Year, and achieved her Bronze award in 2007. Almost a year later saw her achieve the Silver award. Difficulties in finding a PAL at …

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Participant Stories: Stephen Loftus

A student of St. Muirdeach’s College Ballina, began his Bronze award at the age of 15, and completed his Silver award in Transition Year. His love of the outdoors, adventure sports, community …

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A Great Tale

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Have You Got What It Takes?

TO BECOME A PAL If you are a youth worker, leader, teacher, or you just want to give back to your community, and are adventurous and love to work with …

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Ann Moore

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Margaret Murtagh

Office Manager   mail@gaisce.ie

Yvonne McKenna

Chief Executive ymckenna@gaisce.ie

President Michael D. Higgins celebrates 30 years of Gaisce – The President’s Award

President Michael D. Higgins celebrated 30 years of Gaisce – The President’s Award by presenting the gold award to over 60 young people in a ceremony held in Dublin Castle …

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Silver Award

The Silver Award is the second level of the Gaisce Award. You can apply for the Silver Award once you’re between the ages of 16-25, and you don’t need to …

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PAL Letter and Meet-Ups

Gaisce recently sent a letter to all of our PALs, ensuring that the contact details we have are accurate, outlining changes to our online system, and inviting PALs to attend …

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Confey College students receive President’s Award – By Kirstin Campbell

The following is an article from the Liffey Champion, written by Kirstin Campbell. Nineteen students from Confey College in Leixlip were awarded with their Bronze Gaisce award medals on Tuesday …

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Munster Silver Award Ceremony Report

A huge congratulations once again to our Silver Awardees last night! Here\’s a round-up of the news from last night\” Orla Cotter, three-time Camogie All-Ireland Medallist and holder of two …

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Leinster Young People Honoured in Silver Award Ceremony

Over one hundred and sixty young people from Leinster will be presented with Gaisce Silver Awards at a special ceremony in The Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin on Thursday …

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Munster Young People Honoured in Silver Award Ceremony

Over seventy young people from Munster will be presented with Gaisce Silver Awards  at a special ceremony in The Aula Maxima, University College Cork on Tuesday 25th November at 7.30pm. …

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Peadar Ó Lamhna – Representing Gaisce on the International Stage

Recently elected as an Emerging Leader Representative on the International Council, Peadar Ó Lamhna travelled to Seoul to the International Gold Event (IGE) 2014. Peadar was certainly kept busy over …

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Peadar Ó Lamhna – Representing Gaisce on the International Stage

Recently elected as an Emerging Leader Representative on the International Council, Peadar Ó Lamhna travelled to Seoul to the International Gold Event (IGE) 2014. Peadar was certainly kept busy over …

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Free Web Summit for Schools tickets available

Gaisce are very pleased to announce that we have been presented with a whopping 500 free tickets to give away to anyone interested in attending Web Summit For Schools. For …

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Irish Delegation Represents Gaisce at International Gold Event 2014

Gaisce is delighted to have a duo of Gold Award Gaisce Alumni attending the International Gold Event 2014, taking place at the National Youth Center of Korea in Cheonan. Peadar Ó …

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Change for Charity Launches

Based on the Central Bank’s rounding initiative which took place earlier last year in Wexford to reduce the number of 1c and 2c coins in circulation, “Change for Charity” is a …

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My Gaisce / Defence Forces Challenge

Luke O\’Mahony from Cork was one of 30 brave young people who took part in the Gaisce / Defence Forces Challenge in June. Luke tells us about his experience at …

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Cork Gaisce Winner Joins ‘Doctors’ For Hospital Design Challenge!

DFS announces make-over sponsorship of family room in Mercy University Hospital’s Leukaemia Ward A Facebook competition to redesign a Family Room in the Leukaemia Ward at the Mercy University Hospital …

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Gaisce Residential Opportunity (Gold Award)

Would you like to volunteer as an assistant for one week in Slovenia, with a Voluntary Service International volunteer who is a wheelchair user? VSI are looking for a male …

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“Sofantastic” – on top of the world with new charity partnership

DFS and Gaisce announce a Gold Partnership enabling them to increase the participation in their programme to hundreds more young people in Ireland. GAA hero and Gaisce Board Member, Donal …

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Gaisce Defence Forces Challenge

On Tuesday 3rd June, former Minister of Children and Youth Affairs, Charlie Flanagan launched the annual Gaisce and Defence Forces Adventure Challenge in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The Adventure Challenge …

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International Gold Event 2014

The International Gold Event (IGE) is a global leadership gathering for you, the future generation of decision makers and influencers, to shape and deliver the International Award worldwide. We are delighted to announce that Gaisce- The President\’s Award …

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The Ballyrunners Programme

In 2009, the Ballymun Runners Programme was established and was facilitated and managed by The Ballymun Job Centre & Probation Service. The main aim of the programme is to engage …

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The Role of a PAL

The day to day work of a PAL is to support and mentor participants to help them in achieving their award. Review Participant Activities In reviewing activities with your participant, …

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LYIT Gaisce Society Wins Award

A big congratulations to the Letterkenny IT (LYIT) Gaisce Society who won a national BIC award on the 10th of April for the best civic/charity society amongst a small college …

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International Award Summer Camp Latvia 2014

The Duke of Edinburgh Award in Latvia are delighted to invite award participants from different countries, including Ireland, to take part at the International Award Camp 2014 Latvia. The camp will …

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LYIT Gaisce Society Wins Award

A big congratulations to the Letterkenny IT (LYIT) Gaisce Society who won a national BIC award on the 10th of April for the best civic/charity society amongst a small college …

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International Award Summer Camp Latvia 2014

The Duke of Edinburgh Award in Latvia are delighted to invite award participants from different countries, including Ireland, to take part at the International Award Camp 2014 Latvia. The camp …

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Gold Gaisce Awardees Take Part In Historic Irish State Visit

On Wednesday 9th April 2014 as part of his historic state visit to Britain, President Michael D. Higgins attended a special gathering of young people from across Ireland and the …

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Benefits of Operating Gaisce in Your School

There are many benefits of running the Gaisce programme in your school.  Not only does it have a positive effect on student’s confidence and personal development, it also contributes to …

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Students from Trinity Comprehensive Receive Gaisce Awards

In February, there was a special presentation of Bronze and Silver Awards in Trinity Comprehensive School in Ballymun. Trinity Comprehensive School has a long-standing tradition of participating in the Gaisce …

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Diary Entries, What You Need To Know

We often get asked lots of questions about the Gaisce online diary entries so we have compiled a little guide for you to help you ! Here is all you …

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How To Get Gaisce And Everything Else Done

Chances are that at some time over the past few weeks you\’ve asked yourself \”Why can\’t I get everything done?\” The good news is that when it comes to time, …

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Adventure Journey Safety

There is a reason they call it an adventure journey….one never knows what to expect! To help you with your group’s adventure journey, we’ve put together a quick checklist that …

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Benefits of Doing The President’s Award

We know that juggling Gaisce with school, college, work, sport and hobbies can be a challenge. Regardless of the level of the award, whether it\'s bronze, silver or gold, achieving …

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Numbers Speak Louder Than Words!

Last month we conducted our February PAL  survey and received an amazing response from over 350 PALS. The findings are very positive and we are delighted to hear such enthusiasm …

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Keeping Our Young People Safe

Gaisce is committed to safeguarding the well-being of participants in The President’s Award programme.  In all matters concerning child protection, the welfare and protection of a young person is paramount. …

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Inspirational Young People Honoured for Achievements at Gold Awards

On February 11th, 54 amazing young people from all over Ireland flocked to Dublin Castle to receive their Gold Award from The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. The Gold …

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Reaching Out To Help Young Offenders Reach Their Potential

Gaisce has been operating in a small number of Irish prisons since 2004, with some very positive results. So far 75 young people have received their Bronze Awards, 12 people …

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Joint Award Initiative

The Joint Award Initiative enables young people in Northern Ireland who have completed the Duke of Edinburgh programme to have a choice of certification- A Duke of Edinburgh\’s Award, Gaisce- …

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Regional Award Ceremonies Show Rise in Silver Award Participants

Hundreds of eager Awardees, their PALs and families flocked to the historic locations of Brú Ború, Cashel Co. Tipperary and Trinity College, Dublin for the 2013 regional Silver Award ceremonies. …

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2013 Gaisce Gold Awards Honours Young People For Outstanding Community Work and Achievements

Inspirational young people from all over Ireland landed on the steps on Dublin Castle last November to receive their Gaisce Gold Award from President Michael D. Higgins . The phenomenal …

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New and Exciting Partnership Between Gaisce and CoderDojo

Gaisce is delighted to announce that we have recently partnered with CoderDojo. CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions …

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Gold Awards Ceremony

Inspirational young people from all over Ireland will receive a Gaisce Gold Award from President Michael D. Higgins for their outstanding community work and significant personal achievements at an awards …

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