Roscommon student a winner in Rotary Youth Leadership Competition

Roscommon secondary school student Ryan Dolan pictured receiving his Rotary Youth Leadership Development award from Kenny Fisher (District Governor of Rotary Ireland) and Patrick O’Riordan (Head of Public Affairs with the European Parliament in Ireland) at an event held at Europe House in Dublin recently. Pic: Collette Creative Photography

Roscommon student Ryan Dolan was one of just 24 teenagers from all over the island of Ireland to be presented with a Rotary Youth Leadership Development certificate at the European Parliament’s offices in Dublin recently.

The competition, which is one of Rotary Ireland’s longest running youth projects, rewards young people with clear leadership potential based on their extra-curricular activities. It is run in conjunction with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Dublin.

Ryan, who is a 5th year student in Athlone Community College, received his certificate from Rotary Ireland District Governor Kenny Fisher and Patrick O’Riordan, Head of Public Affairs at the European Parliament’s office in Ireland.

The itinerary for the students’ week-long all expenses paid trip included visits to Belfast, Dublin, and Strasbourg.

In Belfast, they received a private tour of City Hall, a tour of Stormont, where they met several politicians including Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly.

In Dublin, they enjoyed presentations about the EU at the European Parliament Liaison Office before being presented with their leadership certificates. They then went on tours of the Seanad and Dáil, where they met several politicians.

They then flew to Frankfurt for a three-day visit to Strasbourg. After enjoying a walking tour of the city, the following day was spent at the European Parliament debating topical issues with other young Europeans at Euroscola, where students get to be ‘MEP for a day’.