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A Mayo woman was among 79 young people from across Ireland to have been commended for their outstanding commitment to personal development and contribution to society at the Gaisce Gold Award ceremony last Tuesday.

Westport woman Orla Masterson receives her Gaisce Award for President Michael D. Higgins. Also included is Yvonne McKenna, CEO, Gaisce.

President Michael D Higgins delivered the Gaisce Gold Award to each recipient at the ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin — the first Gaisce Gold Award Ceremony to take place in three years.

Orla Masterson, from Westport, undertook the Gaisce Gold Award with NUI Galway.

She undertook creative writing as her personal skill, gym training as her physical recreational activity, Westport Tidy Towns as her community involvement and Dingle to Cloghane (80km) as her adventure activity.

At the height of Covid in 2020-2021, over 40,000 young people aged 14-25 answered the President’s call to pursue a Gaisce Award, supported by over 1,200 President’s award leaders in 750 organisations nationwide.

The Gaisce Gold Award is the nation’s highest recognition of a young person’s initiative, achievement, and voluntary contribution to society. Each recipent undertook challenge areas that included personal skill, physical activity, community involvement, team adventure journey and a residential project.

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