Gaisce Award

Gaisce Award


Gaisce or ‘great achievement’ is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 15-25 that is offered continually to students in Merlin College from TY onwards. The main aim of the Gaisce is to ensure we have a programme which fits the needs of every young person in Merlin College who wishes to participate in the Gaisce programme and to give each participant the best possible opportunity to do so. To complete each level badge level students partake in one activity from each of these sections.

There are 4 Sections to complete:





Gaisce is focused on, and driven by, the following core values:


Making a difference, effecting change and enabling young people to shape their own path to self-discovery.

-Inclusion & Equality

Every person has the opportunity to grow their potential through equality of access, participation and outcomes.


Valuing people equally, recognising diversity, and ensuring everyone is treated with dignity.


Making an impact through pursuing the highest standards, operating with integrity and in a transparent manner.

Gaisce is committed to a planned and systematic approach to living our core values. This will be achieved by applying our values to the various operations and engagements of our programme, both within the organisation and with outside stakeholders and partners.

The programme compiles of largely self driven development through Participation in volunteer programs, sports/exercise activities and acquisition of new skills. The program generally runs throughout the school year culminating in a camping trip/expedition planned by the students. Past groups of Gaisce students in Merlin have organised trips that included climbing Croagh Patrick, cycling the greenway (Westport-Achill), climbing mount gable...etc. All trips also include an overnight camping experience for the students.

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An informal visit for parents/ guardians between 10am-12am on the 29th June. Please book an appointment for this on 091769000
Doughiska Rd, Galway, Ireland
091 76 9000
Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board
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