'My Gaisce Award got me to University'
A young man from Crumlin has credited the Gaisce Award with giving him the confidence to go on to further education.
David Murtagh (21) has been involved with Gaisce through his local youth service since he was 15 and received the Gold award from President Higgins in 2013.
As part of Gaisce's 30th Anniversary, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly launched independent research yesterday which shows the positive effects that Gaisce's programme has on young people's mental health and well-being in Ireland.
"Being involved with the Gaisce Award gave me the confidence to understand that I can do better in life, even though I'm from a disadvantaged area," David told the Herald.
"It gave me the confidence to go on to university in Maynooth and now I'm studying for a degree in Community and Youth Work."
For his Gold Gaisce award, David coached a local football team, volunteered with the local youth service, organised a conflict resolution group on the Troubles in the North.