Mary Theresa Glendon from Clonmel receives her award from President Michael D. Higgins.
For three young Tipperary people, Elizabeth Ryan, Mary Theresa Glendon and Johanna Murray, it was a day of celebration when they received the prestigious Gaisce Gold Award from President Michael D. Higgins.
They were each presented with the Gaisce Gold Award at a special ceremony which took place in Dublin Castle.
The Gold Awardees embarked on the Gold Award Programme taking part in new adventures, learning new skills and have volunteered in various organisations throughout Ireland.
Elizabeth Ryan from Knockavilla/Donaskeigh receives her award from President Higgins.
Elizabeth Ryan from Knockavilla/Donaskeigh has completed all three Gaisce Awards – Bronze, Silver and now Gold. As part of Elizabeth’s Gold journey she walked a combined 94km of the Wild Atlantic Way with seven of her friends and described it as an ‘experience of a lifetime’.
Mary Theresa Glendon from Clonmel had also achieved the Gaisce Bronze and Silver Award before going on to achieve Gold. For Mary’s Community Involvement challenge, she taught water polo to children and taught guitar as part of her Personal Skill.
Mary went on a 4-day hike along the Munster Way as part of her Adventure Journey and volunteered in Lourdes for her Gaisce Residential Project.
Johanna Murray from Rosegreen accepts her award from President Higgins.
Johanna Murray from Rosegreen also embarked on a trip to Uganda for her Residential Project. Johanna volunteered with the Irish Charity ‘Nurture Africa’ which is a voluntary organisation in Uganda with a targeted focus in healthcare, education, child protection and gender equality and economic empowerment through business training and micro - finance projects.
Elizabeth, Mary Theresa and Johanna were among the 65 young people to have achieved their Gaisce Gold Award this year.
Over the course of their Gaisce challenges, the 65 Awardees contributed over 10,000 hours to helping their communities, developing skills and achieving personal goals. They have accepted a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to dream big and fulfil their potential. They have pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone to do better for themselves and for their communities.
Special Guest, President Michael D. Higgins addressed the audience during the ceremony “Gaisce is important. When we are encouraged to test our limits and to push beyond the horizons of what we thought was possible, and when we do so always seeking to care for the welfare of others, we learn to look beyond the assumed inevitabilities by which we so often live our lives. That is a critical experience, fundamental to the development of pro-active, engaged, compassionate citizens who are not afraid to make a difference and to challenge the status quo so as to craft better communities and a better society.”