The army holds a tough survival training course for young people contending An Gaisce Awards for Excellence.

In Kilbride Military Camp, Co. Wicklow, contenders for the President Hillery Gaisce Awards for Excellence began their survival programme with a course on map reading. 

Under the guidance of the Fifth Infantry Battalion of the army Eastern Command, the 15 contenders prepared their kits for two days in the wilderness. 

Course Instructor Captain Paul Carey spoke to RTÉ News about the challenges that lay ahead for each of the participants in the army survival course. Michael O'Shea, who is preparing for a two and a half month expedition to the Himalayas, comments 

The weekend will prepare us in a big way in endurance and stamina...

The Gaisce President's Award is awarded to young people between the ages of 15 and 25 for participating in certain challenging activities over a period of time.

An RTÉ News report by John Finnerty broadcast on 15 July 1990.