Trainees who made outstanding contributions to the Tall Ships voyages organised in 2023 by the charity Sail Training Ireland were recognised at the Annual Awards Ceremony at the Mansion House, courtesy of the Lord Mayor Daithi De Roiste, on Saturday 3rd February 2024.
The award winners were among the 534 trainees who sailed on voyages on tall ships last year. Since 2011, over 3,500 young people from all backgrounds and abilities have availed of the opportunities thanks to bursaries provided by Sail Training Ireland (STIrl) to participate in training and self-development programmes. These are designed to offer a change in direction, perspective, attitude, and behaviour leading to self-confidence, motivation, and the acquisition of new skills.
The highlights of Sail Training Ireland’s programmes in 2024 will include:
Asgarda Armada Voyage featuring five vessels and over fifty trainees.
Erasmus+ Youth Exchange between Ireland and The Netherlands, Spain and Latvia.
Three STEM at Sea voyages incorporating ocean science at sea training workshops.
Thirty young people from Dublin’s North-East inner city participating as part of the Taoiseach’s taskforce NEIC project.
Regional sail training schemes (funded programmes) in Drogheda, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Wexford, and Waterford.
Cross Border voyages including young people North and South.
One of the participants from the NEIC, Marie Farrell spoke brilliantly at the Mansion House about the impact the experience had on her. She is also going to train as a Sail Training Ireland Mentor later this month.