Meitheal Leaders from all over County Wexford were presented with their Certificates of Achievement at a ceremony in the County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford on Wednesday January 16th.
Keith Doyle, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council formally opened the ceremony and warmly congratulated and thanked the Meitheal Leaders for their work and dedication.
Michael Wall Chairman of Wexford Local Development congratulated the Leaders on their role in creating a safe and secure environment for incoming first years. He paid tribute to their courage and motivation in taking on a leadership role and encouraged them to continue taking an active part in showing leadership in their communities into the future.
Marguerite Furlong, Founding Member of the programme spoke of the importance of the Meitheal Leaders making a difference and thanked the parents, the school community, the volunteers who give of their time to help with interviews and WLD for making the programme possible.
Many students participated in the ceremony which added to the atmosphere of celebration. The Master of Ceremonies for the day was Sammy Delaney from Bridgetown Community College, and for the first time ever, two first-year students Seb Browne and Roland Agrigoroei from St Peters College spoke about their experience of the programme.
There were dancers from Coláiste Bhride Carnew, singers and musicians from Coláiste Bride Enniscorthy, and a Traditional music group from Bridgetown Vocational College.
Meitheal is a leadership and mentoring programme which operates in 22-second level schools in the County Wexford area. It is designed to educate, empower and support young people in their schools. For more information please see: http://www.wld.ie/programmes/meitheal-programme/