Gaisce - National President’s Award

Gaisce - National President’s Award

Gaisce - National President’s Award

Welcome to Gaisce at University of Galway!

Join up and achieve your award - University of Galway PALs can support your journey for the award. 

Here you will find:

  • About the Gaisce Award

  • Examples of University of Galway Gaisce Journeys

  • University of Galway Gaisce PALs to help you

  • News updates and Instagram


About the Gaisce Award

Gaisce, which is also known as the President’s Award, is a personal development programme for people aged between 15 and 25 to fulfil their potential. The award comes in three stages, bronze, silver and gold, each of increasing difficulty and timescales. Students often begin their bronze award in secondary school, and this year many University of Galway students are taking the chance to complete the award.

The awards consist of 13, 26 and 52-week programmes taking up three hours of time each week.  Through participation in personal, physical and community challenges, young people feel that it enhances confidence and well-being. Participants must also complete an adventure journey as part of each award. The adventure journey is something that often is part of a fundraiser and is a team effort!



Examples of University of Galway students' Gaisce Journeys


University of Galway students Cathy, Sinead, Caitlin, Ciaran, and Keith all shared a few words on their Gaisce experiences. Read University of Galway Students' interviews and stories about their journey for the Gaisce Medals!

Gaisce teaches you that if you put your mind to something, you can achieve it with hard work and dedication. It is a great opportunity to take part in the community and give back. Gaisce will challenge you to meet your goals, and you have the opportunity to try new things and make friends along the way. - Student Catherine Mohan


University of Galway Flirt FM Radio Station audio Interviews with students on their journey for the Gaisce Award!


Kirsty Shares how her Gold Award is going, and managing her time. Kirsty's community aspect of her award is her volunteering to be a Gaisce PAL. 


Gaisce PALs at University of Galway

To sign up for the award, email: to meet the Gaisce PALs - Lorraine Tansey, Kirsty Moran and Aidan Harte.


Aidan Harte

Aidan graduated from the University of Galway with a BA in Geography, Sociology & Political Science in 2016, and an MA in Public Advocacy & Activism in 2017. He currently coordinates the University of Sanctuary Initiative at University of Galway and represents the University of Sanctuary initiative on the Galway City Community Network (GCCN). He sits on the board of directors of AMACH! LGBT+ Galway, and represents the GCCN on the board of the Galway City Partnership (GCP).

Aidan’s research interests include youth and critical civic engagement, migration and International Protection, as well as rights-based initiatives. He has published works on ICT in Service-Learning, and Service-Learning practices from students' perspectives.


Lorraine Tansey

CEO of Gaisce Yvonne McKenna, University of Galway's Lorraine Tansey, Chair of Gaisce John Cunningham and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.


Kirsty Moran

I'm Kirsty Moran, and I'm a Gaisce PAL currently co-ordinating 'Your Gaisce Summer' at the University of Galway. If you are looking for more info or thinking of starting your award, you can reach me through

I am a Commissioned Officer in, Irish Defence Forces. Level 7 leadership, management, and defense studies. Currently studying B. Sc Computer Science. I was SU Clubs Captain 20/21. Secretary/Ladies Captain University of Galway Boxing 19/20. Director of Competitions University of Galway Equestrian 20/21. Editor with Hersport. ie

I am interested in the following:

Physical: horse riding, tetrathlon, adventure racing, boxing and scuba diving.

Skills: musician/conductor/teacher, admin, first response and journalism.

Community: organising colour dashes, fun runs, concerts for charity, and mentoring.

If you have any questions about any of these topics or any sporting area, get in contact!


Joseph Nyirenda

Joseph is a staff member of the Access Office at NUI Galway and a new Gaisce PAL!


Here is Kirsty, University of Galway Gaisce PAL sharing why she became a PAL!


News Updates and Social Media

Make 2021 the Year you go for your Gaisce Medal! How to Engage with Gaisce at Home

Have a read of our special News post on Gaisce for 2020!

Gaisce Instagram - Follow us and tag your Gaisce journey!

Gaisce_UniofGalway (@gaisce_uniofgalway)



See below the different Gaisce awards and start planning your Gaisce summer today!! #gaisce #gaiscegold #gaiscesilver #gaiscebronze #gaiscesabhaile

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Above you will find:

  • About the Gaisce Award

  • Examples of University of Galway's Gaisce journeys

  • Gaisce PALs to help you

  • News updates and Instagram

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