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Gaisce

Gaisce - The President's Award

Gaisce or ‘great achievement’ is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 15-25 and has been in existence since 1985.

The Awards initially flourished under the patronage of former President Patrick. J Hillary and to date and have been carried by incoming President’s. To date over 300,000 young people have participated in the Gaisce programme. At Gaisce our main aim is to ensure we have a programme which fits the needs of every young person who wishes to participate in the Gaisce programme and to give each participant the best possible opportunity to do so. We believe in the ability and resilience of young people and through the Gaisce programme we want them to nurture that ability and to realise their full potential.

Gaisce is driven and motivated to follow and adhere to core values set out by its staff and council members. We are committed to ensuring these core values are embedded across all areas of our work, and in our practice and processes.

Gaisce is focused on, and driven by, the following core values:

Empowerment

Making a difference, effecting change and enabling young people to shape their own path to self-discovery.

Inclusion & Equality

Every person has the opportunity to grow their potential through equality of access, participation and outcomes.

Respect

Valuing people equally, recognising diversity, and ensuring everyone is treated with dignity.

Excellence

Making an impact through pursuing the highest standards, operating with integrity and in a transparent manner.

Gaisce is committed to a planned and systematic approach to living our core values. This will be achieved by applying our values to the various operations and engagements of our programme, both within the organisation and with outside stakeholders and partners. To find out more about Gaisce and to start your journey to self-discovery please visit their website at www.gaisce.ie 

 

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Our Aims and Objectives

The Thomas F Meagher Foundation aims to promote pride in and respect for the Irish flag and its true meaning for peace on this island. The Foundation is named after Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Patriot, US army general and Governor of Montana who flew the first Tricolour flag on the 7th of March 1848 from 33 The Mall in Waterford at the Wolf Tone Club. The Thomas F Meagher Foundation strives to ensure that every citizen in Ireland and in particular, every schoolchild is aware of the history and meaning behind the National Flag and recognises the extraordinary life of Thomas F Meagher.

At the 1848 Tricolour Celebration in Waterford the Foundation will present all schools with an Irish Tricolour flown from 33 The Mall. The Foundation will also be a vehicle for participating schools across Ireland to raise funds for their own projects during ‘Flag Week’. In order to support active citizenship in Ireland, the Foundation has established an awards and scholarships programme to recognise outstanding students who have contributed to their school and community by displaying commitment to the aims of the Foundation.

Irish Flags which had flown from 33 The Mall, Waterford from where Thomas F. Meagher flew the first Tricolour were presented by the city’s Mayor in conjunction with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation at the 1848 Tricolour Celebration on the 1,100th anniversary of the City to every Mayor and Chairperson of all City and County Councils in the State for display in their Council Chambers. A school from each county were also presented with a Tricolour to mark the occasion.

Aims and Objectives