28 Sept 2022

Louise Loves: Presidential treatment for Gaisce winners

Louise Loves: Presidential treatment for Gaisce winners

I am pictured above with awardees from Copeswood College, Pallaskenry and CEO of Gaisce Yvonne McKenna and Marcus Horan at Thomond Park

The achievement of 30 young people from across the Southwest of Ireland was celebrated at Gaisce’s Silver Award ceremony in Thomond Park in Limerick.

I was thrilled to MC this special event. It was an inspirational night from start to finish with motivational words from guest speaker, Munster Rugby’s Marcus Horan and Gaisce Gold participant Rebecca Duffy, a Leitrim native who gave a speech encouraging Silver Awardees to continue their Gaisce Journey and undertake the Gold Award.

Silver awardees that were honoured on the night have successfully completed at least 26 weeks across three different challenge areas and undertaken a three day adventure journey. The adventure journey incorporates either a 50km walk or a 190km cycle. Speaking at the event, Marcus Horan of Munster Rugby said: “I’m delighted to be here to be part of the Gaisce Silver Awards. Personal development is such an important part of life at any age, and it’s wonderful to see so many young people receiving their Silver Award today having demonstrated their commitment to realising their potential.

“It is fantastic to see an organisation like Gaisce encouraging young people to develop their personal skills and in doing so celebrating their achievements.”

Yvonne McKenna, CEO Gaisce added: “I heartily congratulate the awardees on their achievement. Completing a Silver Gaisce Award is no easy feat and each and every one of them has dedicated significant time and effort towards developing skills, helping in their communities, becoming more active and exploring their sense of adventure. We are delighted to celebrate their achievements and the dedication of their wonderful President’s Award Leaders who are the lifeblood of the Gaisce programme. The awardees aren’t only incredible ambassadors for Gaisce, but also their families and communities”.

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 15-25, which is proven to enhance confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical, community and team challenges.

It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to all young people to dream big and realise their potential. Comhgairdeachas to all involved!


TY students in Coláiste Nano Nagle under the direction of their art teacher Sarah Nestor blew the judges away with their Junk Koture entry “Wiped Out’ in last Thursday’s National Finals in the 3 Arena, Dublin!
The line up of judges included Xfactor’s Louis Walsh and social media sensation Doireann Garrihey. The design was awarded for “Best Performance’ on the night! Performing to a Beyonce song TY student Nancy Ekhator, pictured above lit up the stage!
The funky pink costume complete with head gear is made using recycled makeup wipes, bolts, screws, nuts, washers, belts, pieces of school folders and old jewellery!
The school also had an entry call “Rome-ing in de-Nile’ made entirely from recycled disposable towels!
This is the second year in a row that Coláiste Nano Nagle have represented Limerick in The Junk Kouture National Finals, bagging themselves specialist awards both years!
The design, “Cinematic’by Pobscoil Corcha Dhuibhne in Dingle was awarded overall winner on the night!



Celebrate the beginning of Summer here in Limerick. There are a whole host of events taking place throughout the county this month! You’re sure to find something that takes your fancy! Bealtaine Festival runs from WEDNESDAY 1ST - FRIDAY 31ST MAY.


Sean O Meara – “Blew my Cover’: Limerick native Sean O’Meara has released his debut solo single this week! It’s easy pop beautifully produced both musically and lyrically, this is a track you will have on repeat!


Now that summer has landed and we can enjoy extra long evenings! I recommend heading west to see Curraghchase Forest Park only ten miles from Limerick city, this is the perfect place to head with your picnic on a sunny May weekend! Covering 313 hectares of mixed woodlands, park land and lakes this is nature at it’s finest on your doorstep!

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