Sail Training Ireland held their annual awards event at the Mansion House in Dublin at the weekend. Drogheda teens, Shauna Murphy of the Sacred Heart School and Sinead O’Byrne of the Grammar School, were amongst the recipients. Drogheda Mayor Frank Godfrey and Drogheda Port Company Director Ciaran Callan presented the girls with a perpetual trophy each for ‘Outstanding Trainee’ on their respective voyages as part of the 2018 Drogheda Sail Training Bursary. Both of these transition year trainees displayed remarkable resilience and never refused a chance to acquire new skills and gain a greater self-belief.
Sail Training Ireland’s chairman Seamus Mc Loughlin singled out the ‘Drogheda Sail Training Bursary’ as the very first regional sail training scheme, which since 2013 has funded over 100 local trainees to participate in sail training voyages and bring a positive focus back to the maritime town of Drogheda and its famous River Boyne. Nessa Lally of Drogheda Port thanked the Mayor of Drogheda for his attendance and she emphasised the importance and the strong continued support of the Drogheda bursary sponsors, Irish Cement, Fast Terminals, Louth County Council and Drogheda Port Company.
The Drogheda Sail Training Bursary programme for 2019 is now open, voyages are open to 18-23 year olds from any nominating schools, youth or community groups, diversion projects and others. If you are seeking a life changing experience and think you could benefit from this wonderful opportunity please get in touch as we are funding 20 trainee places this year.
The annual awards recognise excellence, achievement and outstanding contribution in the sailing community at all levels. The Drogheda Sail Training Bursary has been a central element in the award ceremony for a number of years and two special recognition awards are made to Drogheda Trainees who participate in the local scheme.
The 2018 trainees included young people from residential care homes, Garda Diversion Projects, Sea Scouts, Youth and Community groups and Schools, drug rehabilitation programmes, asylum seekers and immigrants and young people with visual, hearing and physical impairments from across the island of Ireland.