Gaisce coun­cil role for Fear­gal

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

A WEX­FORD man has been nom­i­nated to the coun­cil of Gaisce – The Pres­i­dent’s Award, an or­gan­i­sa­tion which en­cour­ages peo­ple be­tween the age of 15 and 25 to chal­lenge them­selves in four dif­fer­ent ar­eas of ac­tiv­ity.

Fear­gal Hynes (25) from Wex­ford earned a Bronze Medal when he un­der­took the award while study­ing in St. Peter’s Col­lege and said that he en­joyed the pro­gramme im­mensely.

Stu­dents take part in chal­lenges in four dif­fer­ent ar­eas: phys­i­cal re­cre­ation, ad­ven­ture jour­ney, per­sonal skill, and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. The pro­gramme’s main am­bas­sador is Pres­i­dent Michael D. Hig­gins.

Fear­gal, the son of Alma and the late Jerome Hynes, is cur­rently liv­ing in Dublin and works as Head of Op­er­a­tions and De­vel­op­ment with Druid The­atre. When the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for a role on the coun­cil, he said it was his first op­por­tu­nity to give some­thing back to the or­gan­i­sa­tion and he im­me­di­ately ap­plied.

‘The skill set Gaisce was look­ing for is sim­i­lar to what I use in my role with Druid so I was of­fered a po­si­tion by Min­is­ter for Chil­dren and Youth Af­fairs, Kather­ine Zap­pone. I’m the youngest per­son on the coun­cil at the mo­ment and I imag­ine I’m prob­a­bly one of the youngest peo­ple ever ac­cepted onto it.’

The role will in­volve at­tend­ing awards cer­e­monies, reg­u­lar meet­ings and work­ing on var­i­ous sub­com­mit­tees, with the aim be­ing to roll the pro­gramme out to younger stu­dents and also to peo­ple in dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas. Fear­gal pointed out that the first Gaisce awardees in direct pro­vi­sion would re­ceive awards in the com­ing weeks and it was hoped that the pro­gramme could be rolled out in pris­ons too.

He said: ‘Gaisce has ev­ery­thing and the more ac­ces­si­ble it is, the bet­ter. If it’s rolled out to younger stu­dents it will in­stil the idea of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity. I be­lieve in peo­ple hav­ing a well rounded ed­u­ca­tion and Gaisce dips into var­i­ous skills that will serve peo­ple well in the fu­ture.’

Fear­gal Hynes with Min­is­ter for Chil­dren Kather­ine Zap­pone.

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