In 2013, the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary was established as the country’s first scheme of its kind, funding the development of local young people through the medium of Sail Training. This anchor scheme has led to the subsequent development of similar bursary schemes across Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Drogheda Bursary Scheme relies entirely on the commitment and integrity of a small group of corporate sponsors who are very strong advocates of corporate social responsibility, youth development and community spirit.
Drogheda Port Company hosted an event for sponsors and supporters of the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary on Wednesday 25th April to mark the incredible 10 year anniversary of the scheme and to express its appreciation to the sponsors and their commitment to this remarkable initiative during that period. Irish Cement, Louth County Council, Fast Terminals and Drogheda Port Company have financially driven this scheme from strength to strength over the past decade and are dedicated to its success and longevity. The event also marked the exciting announcement of a new corporate sponsor ‘Boskalis’, a leading global company specialising in maritime services. Ms. Nessa Lally of Drogheda Port Company thanked the sponsors and highlighted the many positive impacts their support has had for over 150 young people in Louth and Meath. She said the addition of the new sponsor will enable the scheme to grow and develop even further in the years to come.
Also present at the event was Mr. Daragh Sheridan, CEO of Sail Training Ireland, Captain Liam Quinn and First Mate Hugh Byrne of the Brian Boru Vessel, who sailed into town for the occasion. Each of these guests spoke candidly about the ethos and aim of Sail Training as a challenging yet safe space for self-discovery and development. Voyage participants confront many demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and the acceptance of personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others whatever their social or cultural backgrounds and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. For most who undertake sail training it is a unique and positive life-changing experience.
«Irish Cement are very proud to be involved in this wonderful scheme, I have witnessed how powerful and impactful the benefits of the voyages can be for the trainees and I would like to commend everyone involved especially the Ship’s Captain and Crew who are passionate about the care and development of each trainee they encounter».
Ray Molyneaux Managing Director of Irish Cement.
Ms. Collette Moss of Louth County Council also expressed her happiness at the success of the scheme and remarked how important it is now post covid for so many people
a lot of young people found themselves isolated during covid and re-engaging in society has been difficult for so many. Mental Health struggles amongst young teens and young adults is more prevalent than ever. That’s why schemes like this are so vital for our people and our communities
The Irish Sail Training Vessel will return to Drogheda on June 05th for the first of the two 2023 voyages.
The Drogheda Bursary Scheme caters for young adults between the ages of 14 to 30 years and further information can be obtained from;
Nessa Lally, Drogheda Port Company 041 983 8378