Athlone student among NUI Galway Gaisce Gold Medal awardees

Sinéad Reidy from Athlone was among eight NUI Galway students and a special group of inspirational young people who were recently presented with the Gaisce Gold Award by President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, in recognition of their civic engagement and personal development.

The students in question volunteered hundreds of hours with a variety of non-profit organisations, including Ability West, SVP, Barretstown Childrens Camps, Tidy Towns and Childline, as well as undertaking student leadership roles working towards inclusion and diversity.

Commenting on the award, Sinéad said: “Some advice that I would give to people thinking of doing Gaisce is to apply now! I’m really enjoying the challenge at the moment, as the different parts of the Gaisce award are very encouraging, and they force you to get more involved in the college clubs and societies, which is a great way to make new friends”.

Gaisce is a programme that aims to foster and develop young people’s potential. It is a guided and supported framework that is provided for young people aged 14 -25 to explore their natural skills and gain confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical and community challenges.

Lorraine Tansey (NUI Galway’s President’s Award Leader) said: “Throughout the pandemic, students committed to undertaking the Gaisce award are challenged in their communities, volunteering and building their mental and physical health skills. We are inspired by the commitment students made and look forward to building on their leadership offering students continued civic learning opportunities with our university community partners”.