Offaly groups succeed in ‘Gaisce challenge’

AWARD winning social entrepreneur, business woman and international speaker Caroline Casey was guest of honour in the Mullingar Park Hotel recently when almost 300 young people from schools in the Midlands received their Silver and Bronze Gaisce Awards.

AWARD winning social entrepreneur, business woman and international speaker Caroline Casey was guest of honour in the Mullingar Park Hotel recently when almost 300 young people from schools in the Midlands received their Silver and Bronze Gaisce Awards.

Three Offaly groups, two from Tullamore College and another from St Cronan’s Association, Birr, were among the award recipients.

‘Gaisce - The President’s Awards’ are presented to young people aged from 15 to 25 who prove themselves in the areas of community involvement, personal skills, physical recreation and adventure.

Ms Casey said it was a privilege for her to be asked to present the awards and she praised the young people saying that since they have taken up and achieved the Gaisce “Challenge”, this already made them different as well as special.

Marion Irwin, Gaisce Project Manager, presented Ms Casey with a gift of a set of coins which were specially minted by the Central Bank to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Gaisce.