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Gaisce - the President’s Award is Ireland’s very own National Challenge Award, the country’s most prestigious and respected individual award programme, and a challenge from the President of Ireland, to you… the nation’s future.

The Gaisce Award is a great opportunity to for students to get further recognition for volunteer activities and other personal development.

What’s it all about?
Gaisce - the President’s Award works on the basis of a personal challenge set by students. Students will set the challenge and agree it with a President’s Award leader. They won’t be competing with other participants, as each challenge is completely individual… so the only person you’ll compete with is yourself.

How does it work?
There are three different types of award that you can earn – bronze, silver and gold.





Minimum Time

Direct Entry

Merit System for

Previous Award Holders


 15 years

 26 weeks



 16 years

 52 weeks

26 weeks for Bronze Award Holder


 17 years

 78 weeks

52 weeks for Silver Award Holder


How to earn an award?
There are 4 different challenge areas. To earn an award, you will need to participate in each of the 4 challenge areas. Students might decide to build on an activity they have tried in the past. Each participant must participate in at least one new activity to earn an award.


The 4 challenge areas are:

    1.Community Involvement
    2.Personal Skill
    3.Physical Recreation
    4.Adventure Journey
    A Residential Project is required for the Gold Award


Who can apply for the President’s Award?

The Award programme is open to all young people between the ages of 15 and 25. Anyone can take part as long as you’re self-motivated and up to the challenge.

Where can I learn more?

Please visit the website of  Gaisce - The President's Award

Colaiste Iascaigh Bronze Awardees completing Adventure task at Lough Easkey