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Tar Éis Óir

Gold Award Holders Association of Ireland Summer Edition, vol. 1 issue 4

We l c o m e A d d r e s s Welcome to our summer edition! We’re already six months into 2012 and I’m hoping that the recent sunshine has whetted your appetite for some of our Tar Eis Oir activities. Since we have last spoken, lots of happenings have come to pass. President Michael D. Higgins, patron of Gaisce, recently met with Gaisce Staff, members of TÉÓ and the newly appointed Gaisce council in Ratra House. We also had a visit from some of our international cousins, Gold participants from the Czech Republic town of Poděbrady! These amazing young people also left some edible and drinkable gifts native to their country for us to share with our members at our next event. We hope you all will join us for some of our forthcoming events, as we create these with our members in mind. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to organise for other TEO members in your area, and we will happily help you with the organisation. In the meantime, I hope to see you soon for a throw of a bowling ball, a gentle stroll, or a run around a race course. Take Care, Christine 11

Contents Page


Cover & Introduction by Chairperson


Spring 2012 - Off Site Safety Course

Spring 2012

Activities and events undertaken by TÉÓ members Off Site Safety Management Course


Spring 2012 - Events in Spring

This course took place on the 21st and 22nd of April in Ratra House in the Phoenix Park. Cian Timmons, former Chairper-


Michael D. Higgins & Ratra visit

son of Tar Éis Óir was the instructor for the two days. The course is aimed at those who are working or volunteering in



Allyson Lambert, Gaisce Council

Gold Award Activity - Oliver Clare

a range of different situations where they are responsible for taking children, young people and adults out of their everyday environments. It aims to equip attendees with the ability to apply knowledge, understanding and problem solving skills in a range of contexts.


Gold Award Activity - Oliver Clare

Over the intensive two days we learnt about the neccessary steps involved in successfully planning a group activity in-


International News - Czech Participants

cluding assessing the needs of the group and undertaking a risk asessement. We also examined how to manage and evaluate an event using the appropriate procedures.


International News - Czech Participants

The two day course was full of discussion, very interesting and packed full of information, antidotes and lessons from previ-


Upcoming Events: Bowling, Courses

ous activities. We spent a lot of time partaking in group favourite part was getting to act out pre-assigned


Upcoming Events: Silver Expedition

roles in the grounds of Ratra House as part of an exercise. This was a truly fantastic course which I would thoroughly recommend to anyone involved in outdoor activities or work-


Become a Presidential Award Leader

ing and volunteering with people young and old.

Gaisce Executive Council Elections 13

Thank You

Former TÉÓ Chairperson Cian Timmons, and Tar Éis Óir member’s Allyson Lambert and Majella Killeen were elected



onto the Gaisce Executive council by Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald in March. They will serve on the Executive for a three year term. 2

St. Patrick’s 5km Festival Road Race “Although my idea of fun the day after St. Patrick’s Day did not exactly involve moving off the sofa, I used all of my determination to remove myself from the TV and don my runners. Walking up to the start line of the 5km St. Patrick’s Run was like a scene out of 28 days later, with not a sinner in sight. However, turning the corner of St. Stephen’s Green on to Dawson Street, the at-

TÉÓ Coffee Morning

mosphere turned to that of a carnival, where a host of runners, young and old, gathered together

We had a successful Starbucks catch up with mem-

to run 5km for the Children’s Medical Research

bers on Saturday 13th May. We met in Starbucks,

Centre in Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Joined by

Dawson Street at 12pm. It was a great opportunity

two running buddies, we started out to the cheers

to get together for once without the presence of alco-

of supportive friends and strangers around the city

hol while enjoying Starbuck’s finest coffees and hot

centre. We shook off the cobwebs of the late night


and ran an extremely interesting route that brought

Gaisce registration is going online!

us through Georgian Dublin, around Fitzwilliam

From September, Gaisce registration will be moving away from paper to the internet super highway.

Square and along the Grand Canal. Determined to keep going, we crossed the line 30 minutes later and

All new registrations will be completed online on the

joined some of our fellow competitors for some tea

new Gaisce registration page. It will also be possible

and biscuits in the Mansion House. With half the

for you to pay online. Gaisce have been running tu-

entrance fee going towards the research centre, it

ition events all over the country for PAL’s, in fact you

was a great way to start the day! Roll on the next

should have received a letter from them recently re-

running challenge!!!”

garding this. Members have been involved in testing


the new service. If you have any questions, queries, or would like us to ask Gaisce to put you on an upcoming course, please email

TÉÓ drinks in O’Neill’s Pub In May we were lucky enough to meet up with a group of Czech gold award holders who were in Ireland as part of their expedition. They were so kind that they gave us gifts. We all met up on Friday 18th May in O’Neill’s Pub, Suffolk Street to bid them farewell. It was a great opportunity to discuss common interests and learn about their country. 3

President Higgins visits Ratra House

“On a bright spring afternoon on the 15th March, President Higgins called into his Phoenix Park neighbours to say hello. The staff of Gaisce were joined by some of the newly appointed Gaisce Council members and TÉÓ members to welcome him to Ratra. Not only

Recently appointed TEO council member Cian Tim-

was this the first meeting of the new Gaisce council,

mons was flying the flag of TEO and Gaisce council

it was also a chance for President Higgins to learn

on the day. President Higgins also took time out to

about our esteemed award from those closest to it.

meet all the attendees individually. I would like to

As Chairperson of TÉÓ, I was invited to

take this opportunity to congratulate Gaisce council

speak as a Gold Award holder to the Presi-

and TÉÓ members Cian Timmons, Allyson Lambert

dent and share some insights into the award.

and Majella Killeen on their appointment to the coun-

It was a fantastic opportunity to address many

cil and wish them the very best of luck in their term.”

of our colleagues and stakeholders in Gaisce.



Gaisce Council & TÉÓ representatives In March of this year Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald approved the nomination of two Tar Éis Óir reprsentatives for a three year term on the Gaisce Council. Cian Timmons, former TÉÓ Chairman and Allyson Lambert are now our worthy representatives. Here, Allyson introduces herself to new members:

I had been given the honour to have acted as Mas-

“I have a B.A. Hons, Degree in Humanities ma-

minded people” true to his word those I met sure

joring in Psychology and Sociology with D.C.U.

were, along with Cian Timmons (current council

I held position of a Youth Justice Worker and cur-

member) and a good friend of mine Catherine

rently a Development Officer with Catholic Youth

Sweeney (former council Member) are all like-

Care over the last 3 and half years. Working on

minded. I believe Tar Éis Óir is an instrumental

the Garda Youth Diversion Programme in Finglas

tool to keep the ethos and spirit of Gaisce alive

East I worked on identifying, targeting and en-

with like-minded people after achieving the ulti-

gaging young people who were involved in or on

mate challenge of the Gold Award. “

ters of Ceremonies in three of Gaisce’s Ceremonies over the past few years. I have met and made friends through my participation in Tar Éis Óir; it was Sean Donnelly and Andrew Ford who encouraged me to join them for a drink after the Gold Award Ceremony in 2006 and to quote Sean he said you will meet “Like-

the periphery of the criminal justice system in a Allyson Lambert

process of both personal and social development. I currently work with young people in various catchment areas of North Co. Dublin. I previously worked for 10 years in the Corporate Industry. Gaisce has been a passion of mine and in which I believe from my own experience is an instrumental tool in personal development of young people, I hold Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. As a Youth Worker, P.A.L. and Gold Awardee I bring expertise from a grass roots level with young people. Since 2006 I have given many motivational speeches to young people to encourage them to sign up to the award or to finish a current award.


Member’s activities Oliver Clare, Gold Award Participant

“You’ve actually lost your mind,” my mam said. “Have you even thought this through?” The answer was, as always, that I had thought it through but perhaps not as much as I should have. The comments on Facebook shared the same broad theme: “Have you any idea what you’ve let yourself in for Oliver?”, “Nice knowing you Ollie!”, “Eh, good luck? Madman….” Originally, when I applied to Gaisce, my physical recreation challenge consisted of spending an hour a week running and training with Drogheda & District AC. However, after about a month, I decided to embark on a rather different course of action which elicited the above responses. The new plan? Run a bunch of Irish marathons – 20 of them actually. Within one year. Stay with me. As demonstrably daft as that decision might seem, I do have a good reason for it – which is to raise awareness and funding for the Inspire Ireland Foundation, an amazing charity which was established in Ireland in 2009. Combining technology with the direct involvement of young people, it delivers innovative and practical online programmes that help improve young people’s mental health and well-being. Many people will know of Inspire’s work through its flagship programme, an online service that helps young people through tough times. takes the mystery out of mental health by offering comprehensive and in-depth information on mental health issues for young people. It also provides a safe place where young people can engage with issues that really affect them – from drugs and alcohol to suicide and self-ham, from exam stress to bullying. Around last November, I rather haphazardly threw together a blog called ‘Running for ReachOut’, set up a page and ambitiously set a target of €5,000. I really had no idea what I was getting in for as I


had never run ten yards outside of a football pitch and had no idea how to go about fundraising. But little by little, the campaign is gathering steam; at the time of writing €785 has been raised – still a long way to go but it is progress! As far as the actual marathons go, I’ve completed six so far and there have been plenty of memorable moments including: •Going to the Clare mountains for the Madventure offroader, also known as “Ireland’s Toughest Marathon” •Completing three marathons in three days over the May bank holiday weekend, in Ballyhoura, Limerick and Belfast. •Finally breaking the four hour barrier on the latest attempt, in the Kildare Marathon.

“The New plan? Run a bunch of Irish marathons - 20 of them actually. Within one year.”

We also had a very successful fundraising penalty-shootout and football match between Lannleire GFC and St. Kevin’s GFC in Louth, and will be organising other events in the near future. If you’d like to support this very worthy cause, please go to the Facebook page at http:// where you can find literally everything to do with the campaign: videos, photos, blog-reports, route information, more about the Inspire Ireland Foundation and of course the sponsorship page, which also can be found at http://www.mycharity. ie/event/running_for_reachout Any donation you can give, no matter how small, will be hugely appreciated. All the money raised will be going directly to Inspire to help the delivery of its services, like Thank you for reading! Oliver


International Participants Visit Ireland Czech Republic Gold Award Participants

Hello, We are a group from the Czech Republic and we visited Ireland in May of this year. We were dreaming about a trip to Ireland for almost three years. So it was great when we sat on the aeroplane bound for Dublin on May 12, 2012. We were undertaking our Gold expedition as part of the Czech Youth Program - The Duke of Edinburgh´s Award. This idea was devised three years ago during our bronze expedition. It didn´t seem so real then and we thought that it could never become a reality. Fortunately our desires to see Ireland was bigger than our fears of the unknown and so we planned our Irish expedition! We stayed in Dublin´s city centre near O´Conell Street. All week we had great weather. It was cold but there was no rain. We visited beautiful places such as Howth, New Grange, the Wicklow Mountions and so on. It was great time spent here. We met new friends. Everybody from our group fell in love with your country. We want to return to Ireland soon. Written by team member Petra Geldnerova


“Everybody in our group fell in love with your country. We want to return to Ireland soon.”


Upcoming Events Bowling and BYOB

appropriate clothing for the event. Please note this

This Friday, 8th June, we are getting together for bowl-

event is weather dependent. Please email tareisoir@

ing with a twist! We shall be meeting at 8.45pm at Stillorgan Leisure Plex. Stillorgan is just off the N11 past UCD and is easily accessible via the 46A and 145 bus and the Green Luas line too. The event invites you to bring your own alcohol on the night. Hope to see you there! if you are interested in attending or require further information.

Evening walk - Dun Laoghaire An evening walk will be held on Thursday 21st June along the harbour in Dun Laoghaire at 7.30pm. Drinks will follow. Please email us to confirm attendance.

CPR Course We are running a second CPR course which will take place on the morning of Saturday 7th July at 10 am. The course will cost 15 euro. It will take place in Foxrock. For futher information and to book a place please email us at

Leave No Trace Course We will be running a Leave No Trace course in August / September. Please keep an eye out for dates and further details in the next newsletter and via email.

Hike around Lough Ouler, Co. Wicklow We have organised a hike to take place on Sunday 17th

Off Site Safety Management Course

of June. We will be meeting at 9am in Laragh, Co.

We will be running another OSSM Course in No-

Wicklow and walking around Lough Ouler from Glen-

vember / December of this year. Please keep an eye

macnass waterfall up around the lough and up over

out in our next edition and via email for further in-

Tonelagee. We will be decending a spur overlooking


the lough. The hike will take about five hours in total and partici-

If you would like to organise an event for members in

pants are asked to bring a lunch. In addition, it is im-

YOUR area please get in touch with us.

portant that those in attendance have hiking boots and 10

Silver Cycle Expedition - Ring of Kerry August 2012

carry all necessary equipment with them. When: The expedition will take place between 02-05

Tar Éis Óir is pleased to announce that we are in a posi-

August 2012, however participants will need to commit

tion to run a Silver Expedition in 2012. This expedition

to training and planning meetings that will run from

will take the form of a Cycle and this event will incor-

08MAY12 onwards through to the expedition date.

porate the ring of Kerry and will meet requirements for

Training will take place in a location as decided by the

the Silver Expedition component of Gaisce the Presdents Award.

expedition coordinator.

Who: This event is open to all participants of the sil-

Where: The expedition will begin and end in Killarney Co.Kerry. Participants are responsible for their transfer

ver award who are above the age of 18 TÉÓ members,

to and from this location at the start and finish of the

Associate members or friends of participants may also take part, however priority will be given to silver par-


ticipants. Participants will be required to have a rea-

Route: The route will incorporate the Ring of Kerry,

sonable level of fitness and an ability to cycle. The

a well known Kerry touring cycle. This route includes

ability to participate will be decided by the expedition

stops in locations including : (i) Killarney, (ii) Ken-

leader whos decision shall be final. Participants will

mare, (iii) Caher Daniel, (iv) Valencia Island, (v) Ca-

be responsible for ensuring that they have appropriate


insurance for the event and should expect to carry out

Cost : Projected Costs will vary depending on the num-

planning and preparation work for the expedition in advance of the event.

ber of participants and whether or not you have your

What: The silver cycle will incorporate approximately

the event. We anticipate costs not to exceed €170, in-

219 km of travel across Co.Kerry. Accommodation

clusive of food, accommodation and cycle hire inclu-

will be in hostels, however participants will need to

sive of all spares and safety equipment if necessary.

own suitable bicycle that you can transport to and from


Become A Presidential Award Leader! Tar Éis Óir and Gaisce have been working

The information you provide will not be shared

extremely well together ensuring anyone that

with anyone. It allows us to contact you only,

wishes to become a participant of the Gaisce

with information/events/support, and the reason

award is matched with a President Award Leader

we ask for location is so we can send you in-


formation particular to your area, and also PAL

This could not be possible without of course

requests specific to your area.

President Award Leaders willing to assist participants and support them as they work towards obtaining their chosen award. Are you a registered PAL? If not why not consider registering? Email for more information. For those already Registered PALs, we at Tar Éis Óir hold a Database of President Award Leaders which allows us to contact PALs when requests come to us either directly from participants or via Gaisce. If you are a Registered PAL, ensure your name

Please Note

is on the Database by emailing the following information to us at

It is imperative that when attending events run by TÉÓ

PAL Name:

that you are aware of your own personal safety and that you take all possible steps to minimise your risk. It is


vital that you obey the instructions of dedicated leaders

Pal Training Completed?

and organisers. You may be turned away from an event

Garda Vetting Completed?

if the organiser / leader feels that you are a danger to

Do you take all level of the award?

yourself and the success of the event in question. In

If “No” please state which awards you lead for:

addition you must be over the age of 18 years. We will

Email Address:

not and cannot entertain individuals below 18 for safety

Telephone Number:

and security reasons.

Gold Award Holder (Yes/No):

Any questions in relation to the above please contact

Comments: Thank You. 12

Special Thanks Many thanks to Christine Carty, Allyson Lambert, Oliver Clare and Helena McGee for contributions to this newsletter. Thanks also to those who have attended events with us over Spring and we hope to see you again soon! All the hard work we do throughout the year is for you, our members, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with questions, suggestions etc. Spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested too! If you would like to contribute in any way to the further development of our (your!) organisation we would love to hear from you. We are looking to expand what we do constantly but we require the hard work and dedication of volunteers on an ongoing basis to achieve this. If you are interested we would love to hear from you. You can help in many ways from simply attending our events, generating ideas and organising your own events accross the country to help keep the spirit of Gaisce alive and beating within us all. Many thanks for reading, Karen 13


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