Young Roscommon man receives Gaisce Gold Award

A young Roscommon man was among 79 people from across Ireland to be commended for their outstanding commitment to personal development and contribution to society at the Gaisce Gold Award ceremony, which took place at Áras an Uachtaráin last Tuesday.

President Michael D Higgins delivered the Gaisce Gold Award to each recipient, during what was the first ceremony to take place in three years.

Michael Macken represented Roscommon at the ceremony with the Roscommon Integrated Development Company.

The Gaisce Gold Award, founded in 1985, is the nation’s highest recognition of a young person’s initiative, achievement, and voluntary contribution to society.

CEO of Gaisce, Yvonne McKenna said: “Gaisce – The President’s Award is unique in the sense that it encourages young people to set their own personal development goals within a framework that allows them to achieve them and contribute to their communities in their own way.

“Every single day, I am inspired by the courage, the energy and the commitment of young people doing their Gaisce Award, and I am so thrilled we are getting to celebrate the breath of their achievements, from tackling global challenges like biodiversity to local supports for neighbours in need, young people are consistently push themselves for others”.