The remarkable achievements of the students at Granard Youthreach were acknowledged recently when the group that climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland were presented with certificates of achievements for their endeavours.
Earlier this year, the group – members of which spoke to the Longford Leader of their experiences while climbing one of the biggest peaks in the British Isles – climbed the peak in what would be regarded as adverse weather conditions, thereby achieving a goal that they had set for themselves way back at the beginning of the academic year. It was a feat that took seven hours to complete, but one which brought a huge sense of achievement to the students who are currently planning challenges on a similar scale in the months and years ahead.
“Once the Leaving Certificate Applied examinations were completed by the 20 students currently on the Granard Youthreach Programme, the Centre grabbed the opportunity to acknowledge some other equally significant events, at they end of what has been without doubt, a very productive year here at Granard Youthreach, a very proud Claire McKeon told the Leader.
During a special ceremony to honour the students, Chairperson, Granard Youthreach Board of Management, Cllr Micheál Carrigy said that those before him had “much to be proud of” and he congratulated them on their achievements this year. Granard Town Mayor, Cllr John Maguire then presented each of the 11 students who climbed Ben Nevis with their Certificates of Achievement. Acting CEO of County Longford Vocational Education Committee (VEC) Ms Rosemary Killian Johnston later presented ECDL Certificates to six other students who successfully completed the course this year.
Youthreach’s soccer team were also rewarded for their endeavours on the field in 2012. The centre’s team won the Regional Soccer Tournament for the first time in its history earlier this year and then came very close to clinching the All- Ireland Tournament which was held in Dublin in April.
Former Chairperson of the Board of Management Cllr Maura Kilbride Harkin also made a presentation to Eileen Brady who announced her retirement from the centre, after 10 years of service.
The final presentation of the night was then made to St Mel’s Conference, St Vincent de Paul (SVP) on behalf of all the students and staff at Granard Youthreach who successfully raised €250 for the charity.
“€250 was collected by the students in the centre and while previous collections have been donated to agencies such as GOAL we decided that because of the current economic climate, the money would be served locally,” Ms McKeon added. “It was an excellent end to a year which saw the Granard Youthreach Centre provide genuine second chance education options to the early school leavers in its catchment area.”