A Tullamore man has just returned from Washington where he particpated in the Washington Ireland Programme, a North-South Reconciliation programme for young leaders over in the United States of America.
Andrew Maloney said it was a fantastic summer filled with once in a lifetime opportunities and it has given him a new perspective on his society and how he can play a part in the future.
Whilst over there he got to meet people such as the US Secretary of State Hillary Clionton, notable US Senators such as John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand and the Senate leader Harry Reid.
“I got to work in the Irish Embassy in Washington, the US Senate and even the White House! When we were over there the group of us from both sides of the border discussed many issues that affect us on the island of Ireland and wrote academic papers on the development of the relationship between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland,” explained Andrew.
“In town I was very much influenced by my work in St Mary’s Youth and Community Centre and indeed the sense of social justice instilled in my when I was a student in Tullamore College a few years ago,” he said.
Andrew has just completed his undergraduate degree in NUI Maynooth and is currently in NUI Galway getting the Professional Diploma in Education through Irish (An Diplóma Gairmiúil san Oideachas)
The program is open to all college students with an interest in developing their leadership and service skills.