Young Tipperary native Lorcan Tuohy follows in his mother's footsteps as he receives Gaisce Award

Anne O'Grady

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Anne O'Grady

Young Tipperary native Lorcan Tuohy follows in his mother's footsteps as he receives Gaisce Award

Lorcan Tuohy follows in the footsteps of his mother Sinéad

A 17 year old Tipperary youth was among those honoured when the President’s Award held a special Silver Award ceremony at The Helix in DCU, to celebrate the achievements of over 140 young people from throughout Ireland.

Among Silver Awardees on the night was Lorcan Tuohy of Borrisokane Community College, Co. Tipperary. Lorcan, 17, who is sitting his Leaving Cert next June is aiming to take the next step in his Gaisce Journey by completing his Gold Award. His mother Sinéad, a native of Cashel, received her Gold Award from President Mary Robinson when she was in her early 20s.

Speaking at the Gaisce Silver Ceremony Ms Tuohy said, “I was 21 or 22 when I finished my Gold Gaisce Award. When I look back on that time I feel so much pride in having achieved it.”

She continued, “The sense of self belief that you get from completing your [Gaisce] journey, initially with Bronze, following with Silver, then with Gold is amazing. You feel so proud to stand and say ‘I did this’, and then when you come up against things in later life, and think ‘oh I’m not so sure I can do this’, you remind yourself that you can. I’m even more proud now that Lorcan has achieved his Silver and is going for Gold.”

Speaking on the night, Lorcan said, “Achieving my Silver was big. I didn’t really think once I had done Silver that I would really go for Gold, but upon recap, even though I’m only into my first few weeks of it, I’m loving it! I’m sitting my Leaving Cert next June, but I’ll still continue with my Gaisce and finish it out. Going for the Gold Gaisce Award is huge for me, especially since my mother went for it as well, I’m kind of inspired by her.”

Speakers on the night included Paul Keogan, Irish International Para Athlete, and Olivia Sneyd, a Gaisce Gold awardee and DCU student. The event was MC’d by RTÉ 2FM presenter Stephen Byrne. The awards were presented by Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Gaisce.

Silver awardees, who were honoured on the night, have successfully completed at least 26 weeks across 3 different challenge areas and undertaken a 3-day adventure journey. The adventure journey incorporates either a 50km walk or a 190km cycle. Over 1000 Silver Awards will be achieved across Ireland in 2018.

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a personal development programme for young people which enhances confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical and community challenges.

Since its inception in 1985 an estimated 150,000 young Irish people have completed a Gaisce Award, including former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh and Irish rugby international Robbie Henshaw.