DIT Students honoured by President McAleese
Pictured at the Gaisce Gold Award presentation in Dublin Castle was (l-r):
DIT students Mark Jones, Conor Downes, Elaine Bolger, and Liam Stewart
pictured (3rd from left) with Sr. Mary Flanagan, President Award Leader at DIT.
29 September 2011: Four students from DIT Aungier Street were each awarded today with a gold medal from President Mary McAleese. The DIT awardees Mark Jones, Conor Downes, Elaine Bolger and Liam Stewart were among a special group of 70 exceptional young adults from across Ireland presented with a Gaisce Gold Award by President Mary McAleese at a special ceremony in Dublin Castle.
Gaisce ‐ the President’s Award ‐ is Ireland’s most prestigious and respected individual award programme and aims to support the development of young people, social fabric and the growth of active citizenship. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are conferred and recipients must set their own challenges in four areas including Community Involvement, Personal Skill, Physical Recreation, and Adventure Journey. Only a small number of people persevere to the point of actually receiving the Gold award.
This year’s Awards are particularly special in that this is the last group of gold medal winners to be honoured by President McAleese as she steps down from her second term as President. She said that it had been a tremendous experience for her honouring Ireland’s youth over the past 14 years.
Sr. Mary Flanagan, President Award Leader at DIT said: “I am delighted to congratulate Mark, Conor, Elaine and Liam on their Gaisce Gold Awards. At DIT we encourage our students to give something back and we have a very active volunteering programme, so it is especially heartening to see four of our students recognised nationally through their Gaisce Gold Awards for their community, sporting and civic contributions”.