Thirteen young people have been testing their survival instincts in the Wicklow mountains competing against the best the Army can throw at them. They are participants in Gaisce, The President's Award.

A weekend in the Wicklow mountains will never be the same again.

Participants had to complete an 80 mile round trip on land, water and in the air. The survival course is run by the Irish army with the objective of building team spirit and determination amongst the young people taking part. 

John Murray, Executive Director of Gaisce, believes that at some time over the weekend the young people will curse Gaisce, the army and everyone for putting them through this ordeal but after a few weeks they will be clambering to get back and repeat the experience.

This survival weekend is just one part of competing in the Gaisce Awards which aims at promoting initiative and achievement amongst 15 to 25 year olds.

An RTÉ News report by Peter Cluskey broadcast on 27 July 1991.