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Education Volume 31 Issue 1 Editor Niall Gormley


FEATURE: GDPR for Education: What you need to know


Skills for careers: Stillorgan College of Further Education

Production Michael Farrell Denise Jameson


News: Extra teacher training course places announced; Technological Universities Bill becomes law


News: An Foras Pátrúnachta plans multilingual future; 100,000 children to take part in Tech Week 2018

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News: BA in Digital Marketing Degree launched at the Institute of Technology Tallaght


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COVER FEATURE: The New Tech Apprenticeships - redefining the concept of 'hire' education


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Horticulture as a career path at Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture


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SCHOOLS and colleges across Europe are by now well aware of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its imminent arrival on 25th May. The legislation has received significant media coverage over the past twelve months. It poses a challenge for the sector. Education providers store large volumes of personal data – on students, parents, graduates, staff and former employees. In some instances, this can include sensitive data as defined under GDPR, such as information on a person’s ethnicity and religion. It is all too easy in our day-to-day working lives to put off implementing the changes required to comply with the new law. A recent study by McCann Fitzgerald and Mazars found that three quarters of Irish businesses are unprepared for the introduction of GDPR. To simplify the process, I outline some of the core principles to be aware of and list some steps you can take to ensure you and your team are compliant. Understand the seven core principles for processing personal data. There are seven fundamental principles that apply when processing personal data. This is the place to start your compliance journey as it forms the core of GDPR. 1. Lawful, fair and transparent. Institutions are required to process data in a lawful, fair and

transparent manner. When collecting personal data, you must advise what processing will be done, and in clear and straightforward language. 2. Purpose limitation. Personal data should only be obtained and used for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes. 3. Data minimisation. Think clearly about the data you actually need. Make sure it is relevant and necessary only for the purposes for which it is being processed. 4. Accuracy. Your school or college must put policies in place to ensure any data held is both accurate and up-to-date. 5. Storage limitation. Do not keep data for longer than necessary. If you do not have clear retention policies, now is the time to put these in place. 6. Integrity and confidentiality. Make sure your data is confidential and secure. For example, put in place clear user rights and controls on who can access what data. 7. Accountability. Your institution is responsible for compliance with GDPR and must be able to demonstrate this. Know the legal basis for processing personal data. There are six legitimate bases for processing someone’s personal data. 1. Consent - this must be freely

Steven Roberts is Head of Marketing at Griffith College and a Certified Data Protection Officer. The opinions expressed are the author’s. They are not intended as a substitute for seeking professional legal advice on data protection and GDPR.

given, specific, unambiguous and informed. 2. You can process data if the processing is required to enter into or perform a contract. 3. Legal obligation – if an obligation exists under EU or member state law. 4. If it is in the vital interests of the data subject. 5. If it is in the public interest. 6. If it is in the legitimate interests of the controller or processor, but this must be balanced against the rights of the data subject. Know your data The next step is to gain a thorough understanding of your current data. This is achieved through a data audit, which looks at aspects such as: - What data does your school or college currently store? - Why did you obtain it? - What purpose was it obtained for? - What security and retention policies are in place? - Is there a policy and procedure in place to respond to data access requests? - Are contracts in place with third party suppliers who process your data? Depending on the size of your organisation, it may require hours, days or a number of months to establish a detailed inventory of all the data you are currently storing and utilising. A useful part of this

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t you need to know process is to put together a diagram or visual representation of the data. Train your team It is too easy to presume that knowledge of data protection is someone else’s job, be it the data protection officer (DPO) or legal counsel. You and your team must ensure you have adequate training on GDPR and best practice. Anyone who interacts with personal data should have at least a grounding in the basics of GDPR, particularly the legal bases for processing. There are plenty of courses and seminars available, which will enable you to quickly upskill. Start re-permissioning Many of us will have databases of contacts stretching back years. GDPR requires your institution can provide tangible proof they provided consent to have their data processed. Businesses are now undertaking re-permissioning of their databases for this purpose and developing centralised systems where this proof of consent can be quickly and easily accessed. It is also a useful time to review or develop clear retention policies. The era of keeping data on file ‘just in case’ has clearly passed. Prepare for data access requests GDPR removes the previous cost of €6.35 to make a data access request, while the response time is

"A student can now potentially access not only their written answers in the exam, but also the examiner’s comments relating to those answers"

shortened to 30 days. If a parent or student submits a request for their data, how will your school or college manage this? Work with your in-house or external advisors to put in place a procedure. Who will follow up on the request once it is received? Have you a clear understanding of where the data is held? Are there multiple owners that need to input? Putting in the effort in advance will save you time, hassle and stress in the long run. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently ruled that exam transcripts constitute personal data. A student can now potentially access not only their written answers in the exam, but also the examiner’s comments relating to those answers. It is worth considering how your institution will respond in such a scenario. Be aware of specific rules to protect children’s personal data The GDPR contains specific rules to protect children’s personal data. This is of particular importance to the education sector. The recently published Data Protection Bill 2018 sets the age of digital consent at 13 years. In the case of children below this age, the parental authority or guardian must provide consent. There are also additional requirements on the language used when seeking consent.

Put processor agreements in place Many of us use third party suppliers to process data. This could be a CRM provider or a web agency that manages your college’s website. Under GDPR you are obliged to put in place formal contracts with these providers. This can take time, so if you haven’t begun already, look to start as soon as possible. Undertake Data Protection Impact Assessments Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) will be mandatory for any new activities that involve the systematic processing of large amounts of personal data. For example, a new HR system or international transfers of data. A DPIA must be undertaken prior to any processing activity taking place. Take the time to build this into the timelines and procurement practices for upcoming projects you may be working on that fit this category. Don’t Panic The GDPR will be upon us in less than three months. The good news is you still have time to commence your journey towards compliance. Use the compound effect. Take clear steps each day. By getting to know the legislation and core principles, you and your institution will be well placed to prosper under the new data regime. Education 5

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Skills for careers STILLORGAN College of Further Education has been a specialist centre for Further Education/Post Leaving Cert courses since 1986. During this time it has developed an enviable reputation for its delivery of Further Education programmes. The college offers a range of practical courses that develop the necessary skills for the workplace or to progress to further study in the Institutes of Technology or Universities. The college is innovative in providing courses that meet the current needs of industry. A recent addition to the courses offered is a Level 5 course in Illustration & Design. This exciting course introduces students to the wide-ranging discipline of Illustration and helps them gain an improved understanding of the possibilities of image-making. Through a series of studio-based projects, lectures and excursions students gain the confidence to explore their work on a practical level and the skills to construct appropriate work to form a strong portfolio for admission to higher level education. High standards Another new course is their Level 6 course in Photography. This course builds on the long-established and successful Level 5 course in Photography. A testament to the high standards in this department is that a recent graduate from the Level 5 course, Joanna Gnasiuk, won the News Photographer Of The Year at the 2017 Student Media Awards. Since its introduction a few years ago, the Level 5 course in Animation has gone from strength to strength. This introductory course prepares students with little or no experience for a third level course in animation production. The course, taught by professionals, blends the practical and the creative. With a dual focus on drawing and computer skills, the course covers all the fundamental areas required for a successful portfolio submission. Students learn to visually develop and communicate their ideas through life drawing, storyboarding, character design, background design and planning. Creativity The success of the Animation course builds on a particular strength of the college in the creative areas of Art and Photography. One of the longest established courses in the college is the Art Foundation course. This course provides tuition in areas such as Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and Combined Materials. Graduates of this course leave with a very extensive portfolio that can be used to progress to Degree courses in colleges such as the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and IADT, DĂşn Laoghaire. Indeed, the course has an exceptionally high success rate of graduates progressing to their chosen degree

courses in these and other Art colleges. The wellestablished Photography course also has an excellent track record for students progressing into industry or further study. The college also offers Level 5 and Level 6 course in Multimedia and Web Development. A unique strength of the Multimedia courses taught in the college is the emphasis they place on incorporating Digital Video into multimedia content. This is a skill that is rarely taught on other similar courses and offers graduates of this course a particular advantage when it comes to the jobs market. Practical skills Also on offer is a Travel and Tourism course with Airline Studies. This course prepares students for work in all areas of the travel industry. Not only do students cover the theory behind this dynamic industry, but they gain practical skills in First Aid and Computerised Reservation Systems (Amadeus), as well as spending 4 days in the Academy of Aviation’s simulated aircraft cabin environment near Dublin Airport. Students on the Event Management course also gain practical experience in organising a number of events during the course of their studies. Courses in Media Production, Journalism and Level 5 and 6 courses in Computer Skills for Business round off the extensive offering of courses in the college. Industry experience The staff of the college have extensive industry experience in their respective fields and are dedicated to ensuring that, whether aiming to move to Higher Education or entering the employment market, students leave the college with every skill necessary for the future. Indeed, the college takes particular pride in the excellent success rate of students progressing to Degree courses in Higher Education. Sited close to Stillorgan Shopping Centre, the college is serviced by many bus routes and is also accessible via Dart and Luas networks. Car parking is available on the college grounds. The college is fully wheelchair accessible. Mature students are welcome on all courses. If you would like more information about the courses available in the college call in to their Open Day on Wednesday, March 7th from 10 am to 4 pm. More details are available from the college website: Education 7

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Extra teacher training Technological Universities Bill course places announced becomes law THE Technological Universities Bill has been signed into law with the first application to be submitted in the coming months with a view to the establishment of the first Technological University in the current year. Many of the Institutes of Technology are hoping to transit to the new designation in regional groupings. 10 out of the 14 IoTs are part of these groupings who will now go through the application process outlined in the new legislation. The four groupings are based in Connacht-Ulster, Munster, the SouthEast and in Dublin. The proposed Dublin TU will be comprised of the DIT along with Blanchardstown and Tallaght Institutes of Technology and is likely to be the first approved and largest with over 30,000 students spread across three campuses.

MINISTER for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has announced an expansion of the number of places on post primary teacher education courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. There will be additional places provided in the priority areas of STEM, Irish and Foreign Languages. While the numbers graduating from post primary teacher education courses – both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, have remained broadly constant over the past number of years, the number of students entering post primary is increasing and will continue to do so until 2025. The Government is responding to this growth by increasing the number of places on post primary teacher education programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The state has set out new strategies in STEM, foreign languages and digital. Each of these strategies is committed to taking action to address the supply of teachers in these areas. The new measures are:

The Universities will increase the capacity on undergraduate initial teacher education programmes by an estimated 280 places in 2018. This includes an increase in the priority areas of STEM, Irish and foreign languages of more than 100 places, an increase of over 40% on 2017 in these areas. At postgraduate level, the Universities will increase the capacity on PME programmes by more than 100 places in the priority areas of STEM, Irish and foreign languages. The universities and Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) have extended the closing date to Friday 13 April for applications for entry to PME programmes for Irish and the targeted STEM and foreign language subjects (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, French, German, Spanish and Italian). Minister Bruton said this year’s provisional CAO figures show an 8% increase in those applying to study primary education and 4% increase to secondary education.

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An Foras Pátrúnachta plans multilingual future THE largest patron of Irish medium schools in the country, An Foras Pátrúnachta (AFP), has launched a new initiative to advance multilingualism across its nationwide school network, with a view that pupils will leave primary school proficient in three languages. AFP is promoting Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), which is an approach to language learning where the target language, such as German, French or Spanish, is used to teach both content and language, for example teaching maths through Spanish. A series of pilot projects to test the new method will begin shortly and will be open to all 65 of AFP’s primary schools. The first of these will involve Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada in Lucan, which began teaching through

German last November. AFP already employs a similar immersive method of language learning in its teaching through Irish across its school network, such as in Gaelscoil an Chuilinn in Tyrrelstown. With over 170 pupils from Ireland, China, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland, France and Spain, many pupils in Gaelscoil an Chuilinn already speak a third language at home. Gaelscoil an Chuilinn will participate in the pilot programme from September 2018. General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, said: “In a changing Ireland and international situation, it will be vital to expand our range of languages spoken fluently. Brexit is likely to have a significant linguistic effect over time, and Ireland needs to respond imaginatively to these new challenges.”

100,000 children to take part in Tech Week 2018 TECH Week 2018, Ireland’s national festival of technology aimed at sparking an interest in technology and related study and careers among students, parents and the public takes place all over Ireland this year from 22nd - 28th April. Organised by the ICS Foundation, the social enterprise arm of the Irish Computer Society, and supported by Science Foundation Ireland and Amazon Web Services this exciting week of events will see more than 100,000 students take part in a range of fun activities, including the finals of several national Tech Week events. The week will be jam-packed with events taking place all over the country. School students will be challenged on their computational thinking skills at the National Bebras final in NUI Maynooth on Saturday, 21st April, and coding projects will be showcased by school children in the Scratch Programming Final in UL on Wednesday 25th April. Jim Friars, CEO of the Irish Computer Society said: “Tech Week helps engage young people with STEM by introducing them to it in a new way, which is hands-on, puts them in the driver seat and focuses on building their confidence. "We hope that Tech Week will inspire thousands of young people across Ireland to make, create and invent with confidence and curiosity, and increase engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.”

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BA in Digital Marketing Degree launched at the Institute of Technology Tallaght MINISTER for Children and Yo u t h A f f a i r s K a t h e r i n e Zappone launched the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Marketing (TA 117), a brand new, careerfocussed Level 7 degree beginning full-time in September 2018 at the Institute of Technology Tallaght. Developed in conjunction with representatives of Dublin’s vibrant digital community, this new degree boasts Ireland's newest digital marketing qualification and a host of subjects that are sure to attract the Instagram and Snapchat generation, as well as their future employers. Employment-focussed degree Following extensive research throughout Dublin’s Silicon Docklands and the wider busin e s s c o m m u n i t y, I T T ’ s Department of Marketing and Business Computing developed this brand new, employmentfocussed degree, which is particularly relevant to the needs of Ireland’s fast-expanding technology sector, where ICT employers are growing their business operations at an exponential rate, with growing salaries to match. Speaking at the launch, Minister Zappone noted that “Strategic partnerships are vital to develop Tallaght as a smart city of the future. I welcome the initiative of IT Tallaght in developing a Digital Marketing Degree through cooperation with the Silicon Docklands and the business community. I am confident that the work being undertaken now will provide

Tallaght, Dublin and Ireland with future digital marketers, commentators and innovators.” The new degree launched part-time in September 2017 with a small class. It is now offered via the CAO for fulltime students starting in September 2018. At the same time, the part-time class will expand, as will the new special purpose awards: the Certificate in Social Media, Certificate in Digital Marketing, and Minor Award Certificate in Applied Digital Marketing. These short special purpose awards are primarily aimed at local industry and those looking for practical, industry-specific training in this field. The new degree is a hybrid of digital and IT skills with international marketing and communications. “There are several key pillars or learning pathways of continuous core themes throughout the degree”, explains Glenn Mehta, Head of Department and IT Tallaght Marketing graduate. Digital Pathway The Digital Pathway runs throughout the degree, and develops key Digital Marketing, Marketing Technology, Social Media and Applied Global Digital Skills. Complementing this is the IT Pathway, focused on developing core IT, Database Systems, Data Analytics and Visualisation Skills, as well as Web and App development. The BA in Digital Marketing is now open for application on the CAO (TA117) and for parttime applications, both starting in September 2018.

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New Computing Horizons AT IT Sligo, we’ve learned a lot about teaching computing over the decades. One of those things is the way many students have a preconceived notion of what computing is and what their possible careers might be. Truth is, computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. For example, more than half the jobs in computing are not with computing companies. Think of Uber, think of AirBnB - they dominate their field renting the time or service of others - and yet, without computing their business model is non-existent. That’s why we constantly revise and question how we teach and what we teach. We recognise that for many your first exposure to computing will be once you sign up for a course. This decision can be daunting as the choice is confusing. For this reason, we offer a single common first year across all our computing programmes. You’ll try everything from design thinking, to

coding to building hardware. In this way, you can consider another computing programme to switch to. We’re launching two new programmes this year. SG250 BA (Hons) App Design and User Experience (UX) 4 yr immerses you in the world of designing and building digital products - from mobile apps to web sites, augmented reality to wearables. As Neville Brody put it, “Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.” Design tradecraft Increasingly, good design is what decides whether an app or device succeeds in the market - good design should be invisible, it should feel ‘natural’, even engaging. In this programme, you’ll learn the tradecraft not just to design good interaction but we’ll also cover the skills needed to build out your design. 2018 also sees the launch of our SG251 BSc (Hons) Computing

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(Smart Technologies). Smart technologies is often computing that we don’t always see. For example, smart cities already use sensors to monitor traffic flow regulating traffic lights sequences in response. Autonomous cars gather terabytes of data to make rapid decisions about course correction. Farmers use sensors to detect pest or disease problems using drones. The trees planted at the Freedom Tower in New York have sensors in their roots ‘phoning home’ to tell if they need watering or fertiliser. In 2017, the number of these ‘connected devices’ surpassed the number of ‘us’ and by 2020 there’ll be 20 billion. You’ll help build technological solutions to these kinds of problems. Both these programmes are mainstream programmes in computing - with immediate industry need. If you thought computing was all screen and keyboard, then come talk to us.

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Study, train, te volunteer abroad THIS month marks 31 years of one of the most successful EU programmes ever, Erasmus. Over 90,000 Irish students and teachers have had a chance to study and train in other EU countries with the support of the Erasmus networks and grants from the European Commission. These days, Erasmus Plus (as it's now known) is not only for university students but has expanded its reach to vocational training, apprentices and youth workers. Statistics show that more than twice as many EU students come into Ireland for Erasmus, as Irish students go to other Member States. Most recent figures show that about 4,000 Irish students a year go through Erasmus to other EU countries to study, while about 8,000 EU students a year come here to Ireland. More successful than ever The top receiving Irish colleges are UCD, followed by the University of Limerick and UCC. The EU countries sending the most students to Ireland for their Erasmus placements are France, Germany and Spain. The European Commission has published new figures showing that the EU's education and training programme, celebrating its 31st anniversary this year, is more suc-

cessful and open than ever. In 2015, Erasmus+ enabled 678,000 Europeans to study, train, work and volunteer abroad, more than ever before. In the same year, the EU invested â‚Ź2.1 billion in over 19,600 projects involving 69,000 organisations. These are the main findings of the Erasmus+ Annual Report for 2015 published by the European Commission. Results also show that the programme is well on track to meet its target of supporting 4 million people between 2014 and 2020. Mobility broadens horizons Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, and former Erasmus student at the University of Leicester (UK) said: “Education is vital in equipping people with the knowledge, competences, skills and ability to make the most of their potential and of the opportunities open to them. "Mobility broadens our horizons and strengthens us further. Erasmus can offer both. As a former Erasmus student, I have experienced this first hand. "I encourage other students and in particular teachers, trainers, youth workers and vocational education and training students to also make

use of the opportunities open to them under Erasmus+". "Over 90,000 Irish students and teachers have had a chance to study and train in other EU countries"

"94% say their skills have improved and 80% feel that it has boosted their career opportunities"

Opening up opportunities Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: "Erasmus has been opening up opportunities to young people for over three decades now, enabling them to develop vital skills, including social and intercultural skills, and promoting active citizenship. "By connecting people and supporting them in working together, the programme plays a key role in empowering our youth to build a better society. This is the solidarity Europe needs, now more than ever. I want to ensure that Erasmus+ can support even more people from a wider range of backgrounds in the future". Still expanding In 2015, Erasmus+ expanded even further by enabling, for the first time, higher education institutions to send and receive more than 28,000 students and staff to and from countries beyond Europe. France, Germany and Spain remain three top sending countries, while Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom receive most of the Erasmus+ participants. Feedback from participants con-

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teach, work or ad with Erasmus+ firms that time spent abroad with Erasmus+ is time well spent: 94% say their skills have improved and 80% feel that it has boosted their career opportunities. One in three students who do traineeships abroad through Erasmus+ is offered a position by their host company. Societal challenges The report also gives an overview of steps taken by the Commission to adapt Erasmus+ to help the EU and Member States tackle societal challenges, such as the integration of refugees and migrants. For instance, the programme's Online Linguistic Support system has been extended to benefit 100,000 refugees over the next three years; â‚Ź4 million have been made available for this. The aim is to enable especially young people to enter the host countries' education systems and develop their skills. Campaign launch The publication of the report coincides with the launch of the campaign marking the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme (called Erasmus+ since 2014 because it benefits more people through a wider range of opportunities). Events took place throughout 2017 at European, national and local

"Over the past 31 years, Erasmus+ and its predecessors have supported 9 million people in total"

"Erasmus+ is also more open to people from disadvantaged backgrounds than any of its predecessors"

levels to highlight the positive impact of Erasmus both on individuals and society as a whole, and to give all those involved the opportunity to debate how the programme should evolve in the future. Over the past 31 years, Erasmus+ and its predecessors have supported not only more than 5 million students, apprentices and volunteers, but also staff and youth exchanges, some 9 million people in total.

staff exchanges in all fields of education, training, youth and sport. Erasmus+ is also more open to people from disadvantaged backgrounds than any of its predecessors. The geographical scope of the programme has expanded from 11 countries in 1987 to 33 currently (all 28 EU Member States as well as Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).

Background Erasmus is one of the most successful programmes of the European Union. For over three decades, it has been offering in particular young people opportunities to gain new experiences and broaden their horizons by going abroad. What started as a modest mobility scheme for higher education students back in 1987, with only 3,200 students in its first year, has developed over the last 31 years into a flagship programme benefiting almost 300,000 higher education students per year. At the same time, the programme has become much broader, providing opportunities for study periods and traineeships/apprenticeships for both higher education and vocational education and training students, youth exchanges, volunteering and

Transnational partnerships The current Erasmus+ programme, running from 2014 to 2020, has a budget of â‚Ź14.7 billion and will provide opportunities for over 4 million people to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. The programme also supports transnational partnerships between education, training and youth institutions as well as actions in the area of sport to contribute to developing its European dimension and tackle major cross-border threats. Moreover, the programme promotes teaching and research activities on European integration through Jean Monnet actions. Throughout 2017 many events were organised across Europe to celebrate the 30th anniversary including a flagship event at the European Parliament in June 2017. Education 15

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Lee Brothers

Achievement Recognition and Commemoratives WHETHER in sport, academia or business exceptional performance requires recognition, a way of showing the achiever that his or her efforts are appreciated by those who have contributed to and facilitated their success. Show your appreciation Irish company Lee Brothers aims to make the process of reward as easy as possible. Calling on their long experience of supplying the highest quality awards they will assist you in choosing the best way to show your appreciation whether it be through striking a medal, custom engraving an award or providing a customised trophy.

In addition, the company has a long track record in the field of commemoratives, from historical figures to the marking of the anniversaries of companies, clubs and institutions. Individual portraits or an image of a building can be rendered with exceptional detail into metal with the addition of lettering, dates etc. A complete service The company offers a complete service from consultation, through design, to supply, providing detailed graphics throughout the process to assist you in visualising the end result. The company’s work in metals, precious metals and a variety of

"The company has a long track record in the field of commemoratives, from historical figures to the marking of the anniversaries of companies, clubs and institutions"

other materials using traditional methods and with the application of state of the art technology. Skill and expertise In 2018 Lee Brothers marks 75 years in business and will put their knowledge, skill and expertise at your disposal to make sure your highest achievers are properly rewarded, and your institution’s landmarks are commemorated appropriately. In addition, Lee Brothers can supply medals & trophies for sports & stock a range of school badges. Medals and badges can be custom made with school crest and any other details required.

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Achill Archaeological Field School 2018 IRELAND’S oldest and best-known Archaeology Field School with over 26 years of experience of training archaeology and anthropology students in the techniques of fieldwork and archaeological excavation. We offer residential introductory and modular courses that include a combination of in-depth training and a focus on state-of-the art archaeological research. Introduction to Irish Archaeology 1(7- 11 May) Course Fee Residential option €695; Nonresidential option €550 This short course will involve excavating a trench over one of the smaller buildings in Keem Bay. Over four days we will excavate and record a trial trench through one of these buildings in the hope to obtain vital information about the building’s date and function, the students performing a full excavation in miniature. On the fifth day we will tour some of the archaeological sites to be found around the island. Introduction to Irish Archaeology 2 (27-31 Aug) Course Fee Residential option €695; Nonresidential option €550 This course will involve an excavation at the site of Caraun Point on the northern coast of Achill Island. Caraun Point is a small sand-covered peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. In 2018 we will target a small stone building for excavation. Bare Bones (27 Aug to 8 Sept) Course Fee €995 Residential Option; €795 Non-residential option This two week course involves a mixture of excavation and surveying tasks. It is ideal for people wishing to have their first experience with archaeology outside of the classroom or beyond books and television. Archaeological Surveying Techniques (7-18 May; 13-24 August) Course Fee €1,975 This course will include a Topographic Survey using a Dumpy Level, EDM (Total Station) and state of the art Trimble handheld Geo Explorer 6000’s and more simple

Garmin handheld units. Part of this course will involve teaching students how to survey a graveyard using Trimble hand-held units to record memorials, digitise the data and compile a map of the graveyard. Graveyards are an important part of our social history and collective memory and are a valuable genealogical resource. Guided Tours/Walks Wild Ireland West Walks offer guided walks and specialist archaeological and historical tours of Achill Island and the Corraun Peninsula, Clew Bay, North Mayo, Sligo, Galway City and the Midlands of Ireland. All walks and tours are guided by qualified archaeologists and professional tour guides. These half-day and 1-day tours are the ideal way to discover Achill’s and the West’s hidden history. Book through our sister website at: Exhibition '25 years exploring an Atlantic Island' Established in 1991, Achill Archaeological Field School has undertaken research on many different aspects of the archaeology of Achill Civil Parish, based around extensive and intensive surveying programs followed by selective excavation of sites of particular interest. Open from 9.30 am to 1pm MonFriday year round and free of charge.

FIND OUT MORE: The Field School is based at the Archaeology Centre in Dooagh, Achill Island, Co. Mayo. w: t: 098 43564 F:

2018 Achill Field School A limited number of places are still available for this year’s courses, with some courses now filling up rapidly, so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Please visit for more details or email The Field School is a fully accredited Field School of the National University of Ireland Galway and also offers modular courses of 2-4-6 and 12 weeks duration and come with academic credit of 3-6 and 9 semester hours or 6-12 and18 ECTS. All of our courses include tuition and materials, local transport and self-catering accommodation in our modern, fully equipped premises, next to the Archaeology Centre. Education 17

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Nursing & Midwi

Are you empathetic and reliable, skills and an analytical

...Nursing or Midwifery Choosing nursing or midwifery as a career opens up a world of job opportunities that will sustain you throughout your working life. You will become a professional clinician capable of integrating scientific and technical knowledge with the art of caring. You will never stop learning about health, about illness, about people and the world we live in. Nurses continually engage in ongoing professional education and UCD provides a wide range of postgraduate opportunities to suit your personal and professional needs throughout your career. Once qualified as a nurse or midwife you can choose from a broad range of graduate programmes to build your own career pathway that reflects your own interests and talents. Whatever your focus (e.g. cancer care, palliative care diabetes, emergency, critical care research or education). Wherever you choose to

You will become a professional clinician capable of integrating scientific and technical knowledge with the art of caring

work the career opportunities are endless. Many qualified nurses and midwives work in hospitals. However they can also work in a variety of settings, including community setting, e.g. as a public health nurse, mental health services, management and leadership, policy-making, teaching and research. You will rarely have two days that are the same, nursing and midwifery are dynamic professions and offer an enormous variety of challenges. Why choose nursing or midwifery at UCD? Development in health care are transforming the roles of nurses and midwives leading to new and exciting career opportunities are innovative degree programmes are taught by experienced lectures in a friendly and supportive environment. You will be guided by academics who are experts in their field, and you will gain clinical experience at

our renowned clinical partner hospitals. Each student is allocated a personal tutor from day one on your programme to provide advice and guidance. We have links with international partner schools and this allows students to choose international placements as part of their studies. By choosing to study with us you become part of a greater community of people working together to shape the future of nursing and midwifery in Ireland and abroad.

"If you are interested in promoting health, if you have a passion for caring for children, if you would like to make a difference and to help both children and adults recover from their illness, then I could not recommend this course highly enough to you." Mollie Bruton, Children's and General Nursing Student

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Midwifery at UCD

ble, a team player with good communication ical, problem-solving mind? If so...

ery is your ideal career UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems Do you love working with and for the benefit of people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds? Choosing nursing or midwifery as a career opens up a world of job opportunities that will sustain you throughout your working life. Nursing or Midwifery in UCD is the ideal career choice for you. We have a number of Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree programmes.

• General Nursing (DN450) • Children’s and General Nursing (DN451) • Midwifery (DN452) • Mental Health Nursing (DN453) Our programmes are taught by experienced lecturers in a friendly and supportive environment, with state-of-the art facilities. Your hands-on clinical practice takes place primarily in the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group or the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and in numerous other clinical sites within the Ireland East Hospital Group network. These clinical placement locations are centres of excellence where you’ll work with multidisciplinary teams to provide first-class, patient-centred care. For further information about the programmes and the clinical placements visit our website: Telephone: +353 1 716 6407 / 6569 • email: Education 19

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The New Tech Ap

Redefining the concept of ‘Hire Education’

ICT Associate Professional is the new National Apprenticeship Programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant technology sector. Over 12,000 jobs are currently available in tech – as highlighted by the recent FIT ICT Skills Audit. 75% of these roles can be facilitated through tech apprenticeship programmes, providing immediate employment opportunities for job seekers and students.

Who is the programme for? Age: Programme is aimed at 1825 year olds but all adults (18+) can apply. Qualifications: A minimum of Leaving Cert (or equivalent). All candidates have to meet Aptitudes Assessments administered by FIT. Attitude: All candidates should be energetic tech enthusiasts with a determination to work in the ICT sector. The first six months of the programme involve intensive off-the-job training in a dedicated technology training centre. The remaining 18 months are a combination of on-thejob experience supplemented with training centre instruction. All training costs of the apprentices are covered by the State. FIT manages all aspects of the programme and co-ordinates employer input. Participating companies employ the apprentice throughout their apprentice-

ship and facilitate the on-the-job application of learning. Apprentices hone their skills while contributing to product development, technological advancement and talent development. Apprentices employed under contract receive payment to the value of €260 - €290 p.w. in the first year and €340 - €385 p.w. in year two. On successful completion of the programme, qualified apprentices typically progress into full-time positions within their sponsoring companies. This enhances the talent portfolio while increasing productivity and competitiveness in those enterprises. What is the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship programme? This new programme adopts a learning-by-doing format of ICT skills development, giving new meaning to the concept of 'hire education'. Over a two year period the programme combines off-the-job skills training with on-the-job application, and culminates in the

"This programme brings experience and thinking and has enabled us to broaden our talent pool to shape the workforce we need to help clients succeed" Hilary O'Meara Managing Director, Accenture Ireland

attainment of the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship Award. Participating companies are keen to recruit smart people with smart skills and this new programme will enable participants to 'earn while they learn'. In September 2017, FIT was appointed by the Apprenticeship Council to deliver two technology apprenticeships at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFO). A pilot programme was 'road-tested' by over 150 leading technology companies who sponsored 249 candidates over a two year period. The feedback from these tech companies on the calibre of talent they attained was exemplary. What are the key benefits to companies? • Widen your access to highly motivated tech enthusiasts with bespoke skills • Grow tech-savvy teams efficiently • Bring fresh thinking and energy to new technology and product development

How does the programme work? Employer is approved and apprentices registered. Tech company recruits apprentices for a 2 year programme in either Software Development or Network Engineering.

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• Free up your more experienced staff to do whet they do but • Fast-track access to new tech skills What are the key benefits to apprentices? • Gain direct experience In a realtime technical environment ensuring increased productivity • Acquire an in-depth understanding of the latest technologies supporting Innovation • Develop business and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, customer-facing skills and project management The Tech Sector Wants YOU! People with tech skills are in demand not just in the IT sector – more and more jobs across industry require various levels of proficiency in IT.

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A trend which is anticipated to grow as increasingly companies utilise technologies to manage their activities, market their products, communicate with their customers and increase productivity. Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are creating daily, new industrial sectors, way beyond the prospects of driverless cars, delivery by drones etc., resulting in the creation of new roles, skill sets and career paths across all sectors of the economy, which are expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. Tech sector needs more women Tech sector employers are keen to point out that they are seeking more female entrants. Gender balance is seen as key to the future success of companies and they are reaching out

"Internet of Things tech is creating new sectors, way beyond the prospects of driverless cars, delivery drones... ...resulting in the creation of new roles, skill sets and career paths across the economy"

to females who can expect to benefit from great work environments with an emphasis on a team approach and support for continuous professional development. The career opportunities in tech are both varied and rewarding and there is a strong demand for more women creators, team builders, business developers and leaders. So join in and create the future! FIT ICT Associate Professional - Software Development The primary role of a software developer is to be able to build, test and modify high-quality code. A developer will typically be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project. >>> Education 21

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The developer will need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications. Examples of work include information databases, programs that control robotic systems, and cloud and mobile applications. With experience, you could become a senior developer with responsibility for project management, planning and research, or move into areas, such as systems design, IT architecture and business systems analysis. Partnership Approach P e t e r D a v i t t , C E O o f F I T, explained that the new tech apprenticeships were as a result of a strong partnership approach between government, the tech sector and the national education & training system. He praised the role of the Department of Education, the Apprenticeship Council, SOLAS and QQI for providing the policy and implementation structures necessary to enable new apprenticeships to flourish. In particular he acknowledged the key role of Education and Training Boards who are partnering with FIT throughout the country in the delivery of the training elements of the tech apprenticeships. FIT Associate Professional Systems & Networks The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They understand and work in areas such as network configuration, cloud, network administration, security and performance management, and are able to give technical advice and guidance. Professional Recognition Award: Portfolio of evidence (e.g. logbook, work-related project report) of professional development and applied learning in the workplace mapped to award standards. Internationally recognised industry certification selected to match the workplace technology environment e.g. A p p l e , C i s c o , C I W, CompTIA, HP, IBM, Linux, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, VMware etc.

What does an apprentice receive? Apprentices attain an Advanced Certificate in Computer Programming (Software Developer) or Computer Networking (Network Engineer).

"Apprenticeships will play a crucial part in providing access to a new pool of people with the right skills that are in demand in industry now" Liam Ryan Managing Director, SAP Ireland

Developed with the support of industry champions:

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ESB Networks a programme open “IF YOU like a change and a challenge, in a job where no two days are the same and not a day goes by that you don’t learn something new – then it really is the job for you.” This is the advice of Liam Holt, a current ESB Networks apprentice. The ESB Networks apprenticeship programme is currently open and seeking applications to it’s next phase of recruitment for apprentices. In 2015, ESB Networks announced a five-year plan to recruit 300 new apprentices as part of a large-scale recruitment and development programme. To date over 200 apprentices have been recruited, this year ESB Networks are seeking to further recruit up to 70 new apprentices. Classroom and on-the-job training As an Apprentice Network Technician, recruits receive on the job training, working as part of front-line teams, as well as classroom-based learning. Apprentices benefit from varied work experience, working indoors and outdoors, and learning about technology, customer service, and delivering results under pressure. They learn a variety of electrical and practical skills and, upon completion of the programme obtain a QQI Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate. The ESB Networks Electrical Apprenticeship is SOLAS standards-based, consisting of 208 weeks over four years. During this time, there are seven SOLAS phases and ESB Networks off job training, including phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 are on the job, working closely with a qualified Network Technician on varied sites across ESB Networks. The SOLAS phases 2, 4 and 6 consist of off the job training modules, with phases in a SOLAS Training Centre and one of the IT Colleges around the country. Finally, there are 24 weeks of ESB Networks off the job training

Laura Regan carrying climbing irons, 4th Year Apprentice

N’Zinge Golding 4th Year Apprentice & Hannah Shortt 3rd Year Apprentice

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apprenticeship n for applications which takes place in the ESB Networks Training Centre, Portlaoise. Having completed the four-year programme, apprentices will have gained experience working with a leading utility company. ESB Networks serves 2.3 million customers in Ireland, providing a safe and reliable electricity supply to homes, businesses and communities throughout the country - ESB Networks apprentices play an important part in delivering this service. The apprenticeship journey at ESB Networks is hugely rewarding and challenging one. For Liam, “It's a job that carries great satisfaction, whether it's putting electricity into a new house or restoring power to 100 houses in the middle of a storm, there is always a good sense of achievement in the work that you do an ESB Networks apprentice.” The ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme is open to individuals over 16 years of age on 1st June 2018. The closing date for applications is March 14th 2018, with training commencing in September 2018.

Pat Naughton ESB Executive Director Human Resources & People & Sustainability, Avril Kennedy, Laura Hanrahan, Chloe Doyle, Natalie O'Reilly All 1st Year Apprentices. Keith Kavanagh Competence Development Manager ESB Networks.

Application criteria At the time of application, candidates must have obtained the following minimum educational qualifications: Junior Certificate (Ordinary Level): Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level (or Grade D or higher at Higher Level) in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects: 1) Irish or English 2) Mathematics 3) Science* 4) Any 2 other subjects * If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level in any one of the following subjects is acceptable: Technology, Art Craft and Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork

OR Leaving Certificate: Grade D / O6 or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects: 1) Irish or English 2) Mathematics 3) Science Subject (Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics & Chemistry) 4) Any 2 other subjects

*If you have not obtained the required grade in any of the above Science subjects, the following is acceptable at Leaving Certificate Level (Grade D/O6 or higher at Ordinary Level) : Art, Construction Studies, Design and Communication, Graphics, Engineering, Home Economics, Technical Drawing and Technology.

For further information on the ESB Networks Apprentice programme and entry requirements, visit You can also follow us on Twitter @ESBNetworks and Facebook at, here you’ll find updates on the ESB Networks Apprentice programme and share stories of our current ESB Networks Apprentices. Education 25

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Scooter is more than just a Library Management System THERE are now over 100 libraries using Scooter in Ireland today

Introducing Scooter, the most popular Library Management System (LMS) in Ireland Scooter is a complete Web-based Library Management System (LMS) and can be accessed in School or at home. We can have you up and running in three hours. Scooter uses data from Facility or VSWARE to update student records. Students can reserve items, check out books from the library and get automatic reminders when books are overdue. Founded in 1998 and based in Bray, Co Wicklow, Interleaf Technology, with a locally based support team, provides technical solutions for Schools of all sizes. Included within the Scooter Subscription: Free Book Cover Images Free Barcode Scanner Free Barcode Labels (3,000) Free access to Quick Cataloguing Contact us on: 01-286-5855 or Email:

A Subscription To Scooter Brings You: • State of the art software to manage your school library • State of the art software to manage your school book rental scheme • A connection to a database created by librarians for speedy creation of your local collection to professional standards without having to be a librarian yourself • Cover images of the books display automatically • Easy import of records from ePortal or VSWare • Sophisticated statistics and comparative analysis across the consortium • Currently 100 custom reports, and growing • Implementation support and training by professional librarians • Access to a technical support desk staffed by industry experts • There are now over 100 libraries using Scooter in Ireland today • A secure hosted system managed by us – GDPR compliant and ISO27001 certified • A single annual fee for all these services A Subscription To Scooter Avoids: • Having to purchase additional hardware and other resources to hold the system locally • Having to manage system backups, upgrades etc • Having to understand anything about the underlying technology of the system (unless you want to!)

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Jump ahead with a QQI qualification from Griffith College Limerick – your CAO choice GRIFFITH College is the largest third-level independent college in Ireland with 7,000 students across its campuses in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. The college is currently taking CAO applications for our employment-focused Business, Computing and Hospitality qualifications. The Limerick campus offers a three-year Honours Degree in Business Studies, which is available with a Human Resource Management stream. Business Studies is also available at Higher Certificate level over two years, which can be carried forward to a Level 7 Ordinary Degree. Also available is a Computing Science Degree and an Honours Degree in International Hospitality Management.

recreation room and new state of the art computer labs. At the Limerick campus we promise our students that they will not be lost in the crowd. Highly qualified lecturers and staff are fully committed to our student’s success.

New facilities 2017 was a year of great enhancements at Griffith College Limerick with ongoing upgrading of the campus buildings to further enhance our student’s learning experience. These include a new study room, student

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Course list Griffith College Limerick CAO Courses (all QQI): Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Studies (Level 8) Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business - Human Resource stream (Level 8) Bachelor of Arts (Ord) in Business Studies (Level 7) Higher Certificate in Business Studies (Level 6) Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Hospitality Management (Level 8) Diploma in International Hospitality Management (Level 7) Bachelor of Science in Computing (Level 7) Higher Certificate in Computing (Level 6)

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Come to our Open Evening and get all the answers you need from our staff and students

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Become a Designer with Dublin Institute of Design

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Dublin Institute of Design is a specialised private design college located in the heart of Dublin city. We have provided a range of full-time and part-time courses in design and related areas for the last 25 years. We offer courses in: Graphic Design • Interior Design • Web Design • CAD (AutoCAD) • Revit / BIM Fashion Design • Fashion Buying • Visual Merchandising • Fashion Styling

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Ireland’s premier design college DUBLIN Institute of Design is a specialised private design college located in the heart of Dublin city. Founded in 1991, the Institute has been providing a range of full-time and part-time courses in design and related areas for the last 25 years. Our programmes combine creativity with technical skills. Many of our lecturers are practicing professionals, ensuring that our students learn the latest technologies and develop the practical skills that the industry demands. The Institute and it’s students have won many local and international awards including Irelands best Graduate Designer in 2016/17 and the Frankfurt Style Awards in 2017/18. Most of our courses are offered on a full time and part time basis, offering flexibility around work or other commitments while completing your studies. The Institute also offers an instalment payment plan. Degree Courses We offer BA Degree programmes in both Graphic Design and Interior Design. Both programmes are accredited by QQI, Ireland’s national higher education awarding body. Applications for these programmes are made directly to the Institute and not via the CAO system. Graduates of the BA Graphic Design programme work with leading advertising firms, with innovative graphic design and printing specialists, as freelance designers, and as in-house designers with wellknown Irish companies. Graduates of the BA Degree Interior Design programme work as freelance interior designers, and with renowned interior design companies in Ireland and abroad. Certificate and Diploma Courses We also provide a range of full time and part time 1 year certificate and 2 year diploma courses in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Web Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Buying, and Visual Merchandising. These programmes are internationally accredited and are a superb choice for students who do not wish to commit to a degree programme at this time but would like to options to complete a degree at a later stage. Introductory Courses We also provide introductory courses in each discipline, providing applicants the opportunity to explore their chosen field before committing to long-term study. Most of our introductory courses are a progression route to further study, with a corresponding fee reduction. Competition Winners Our students have performed very strongly in

international design competitions over the last few years. Graphic Design student Alessandra Ravida won last year’s IDI’s (Institute of Designers in Ireland) Grand Prix Graduate Award. This is the most prestigious student / graduate award in Ireland in the Design sector, with the winner chosen by both academic and industry judges. This was the first time that a student from a private college won this award. Several of our students have been shortlisted at the IDI Graduate Awards over the last few years. As a Year 3 student, Alessandra was awarded membership of one of the world’s most prestigious graphic design organisations, the International Society of Typographic Designers, based on her competition entry Parallax, a critical reflection on the role of science in society. The previous year, Graphic Design student Laurie Concannon was selected as overall winner of the prestigious International Yamaha Graphic Design Award. Laurie’s design was chosen out of over 1000 entries, from 90 different countries, by a panel of renowned international designers. As part of her prize, Laurie received $10,000; one of the world’s biggest prize funds for any student competition. Fashion Design student Ágota Pfening was awarded first prize in her category at the 2017 Frankfurt Style Awards student fashion competition. Many of our students have been shortlisted in this prestigious international competition over the past 3 years, so we were delighted with Ágota’s success. Recent Developments Responding to changing industry demands, we provide an intense 8-week course in Revit and Level 2 BIM. Led by architects from some of Ireland’s prominent architectural firms, the course delivers multiple skill sets that have become industry-standard in Ireland’s construction industry over the past few years. Once again, we offer this course is a parttime basis. Applications We are now accepting applications for the 2018 /2019 academic year. Applications can be made directly to our Admissions team online, by phone, or in person. Portfolio assessment (or an aptitude test) is part of the application process for our Degree courses, but not a requirement for most other courses. Our next Open Evening takes place on Wednesday 11 April and all are welcome. You are advised to contact us by email at admissions@ or by phone at 01 679 0286 to find out the scheduling of specific talks on your course of interest. Education 29

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Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture

Horticulture as a career path THE Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture is located in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin’s northside suburb of Glasnevin. At this location we teach full time courses in Horticulture at Level 5 (Certificate, 1 year), Level 6 (Advanced Certificate, 1 year) and Level 7 (Ordinary Degree, 3 years). We have approximately 200 students from all over the Dublin, the greater Leinster area and beyond. Fantastic outdoor classroom Students who enter the courses have the ability to learn in the fantastic outdoor classroom which is the plant collection of the National Botanic Gardens complimented by the new state of the art college teaching facilities which were completed in 2014. We have the added benefit of students being taught by top class Teagasc and OPW staff of the Gardens who take students on prac-

tical work experience during their studies in the college. Our qualifications are fully accredited and suit people who wish to follow the area of Horticulture as a fulltime career path. The basic science of horticulture is covered in all courses, soils, plant science and plant identification and then students can further study areas like Landscaping, Sportsturf, Nursery stock and Food Crop production. These subjects give people the foundation to build a strong career in the horticultural sector. Degree course Students can enter first year either by applying directly to the college for the Certificate course or through the CAO for the level 7 degree course (WD097). We have a partnership w i t h Wa t e r f o rd I n s t i t u t e o f Technology for the delivery of the d e g re e c o u r s e i n t h e B o t a n i c Gardens.

"The basic science of horticulture is covered in all courses, soils, plant science and plant identification and then students can further study areas like Landscaping, Sportsturf, Nursery stock and Food Crop production

This year students can also study part time modules in Horticulture at level 5 and level 6. This will enable people who are working to drop in to partake in modules that are awarded as components of the major award at level 5 and level 6. This year we are offering Level 5 modules on a part time basis - see list below for summer courses and courses within the academic year. We also offer Level 6 modules on a part time basis, for those working in the industry. The college is holding a Career and Course information day on Thursday 8th March 2018 from 2.00-4.00pm and all are welcome to attend.

FIND OUT MORE: Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 01 8040201 or 01 8040202 Email:

A Career in Horticulture... Situated in the National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture offers a range of courses in Horticulture. This wonderful setting provides the unique blend of the finest park setting in the capital coupled with the experience of the staff of the gardens and the Teagasc staff. All students can avail of work experience in the Botanic Gardens as well as in parks around the city and other placements further afield. Graduates of the college are leaders in the field of Horticulture and develop clear career pathways. Careers in landscape design and construction, parks, garden centres, fruit and vegetable production are all followed by the graduates. Part time Courses: Academic Year: • Plant ID and Use • Plant Propagation • Landscape construction & Maintenance • Plant Protection • Fruit and Vegetable Production • Horticulture Mechanisation • Plant Science • Soil Science

Part time Courses: Summer (June/July) • Garden Design • Landscape Construction & Maintenance • Fruit and Vegetable Production

OPEN DAY: Thursday 8th March 2018 @ 2.00-4.00pm CAREERS IN HORTICULTURE: meet the employers/companies for employment information COURSES IN HORTICULTURE: meet the college staff for course information Venue: College Building in National Botanic Gardens (All welcome –no prior booking needed)

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Further Education

The Real Student's Review HI, my name is Aaron, and I’m going to tell you all the reality of being a student. I'll start from the very start. I went to secondary school and I completed my Leaving Cert. I got a pretty good result of just over 400 points. In the months leading up to the Leaving Cert my school began to schedule regular college talks and guidance counsellor meetings to ‘help’ me and my classmates choose what we would like to do after secondary. If anything, these talks and meetings did nothing other than confuse me and make it harder for me to decide what I wanted to do. My school would constantly remind us that it was our choice. However, at the same time they would always remind us that '90 per cent of last years' Leaving Cert students are curre n t l y s t u d y i n g i n t h i rd l e v e l education doing a level 8 degree'. Choice or no choice? So, yea, it was our choice of what to do after the Leaving, but there was a huge amount of pressure placed on students. We were told to do a Level 8 by the school, our friends and even our family, because that's what everyone else was doing. But was it really? The truth about it is that at the time when I was told 90 per cent of the lads in the year before me were in university doing a Level 8, they were. But what about a year or even two years later? Were 90 per cent of them still doing Level 8’s? Well nobody really tells you the honest answer to that. So here I am, and I am going to give everyone a chance to learn from my experience. So I did all the steps everyone else was doing, I applied for courses through the CAO. I applied for both Level 8 and Level 6/7. Then came the end of August and the first round of CAO offers. All of a sudden, it was decision time. Most of my friends had already chosen to do an Arts degree at Level 8 in a university, but I was still unsure. I wasn't ready to throw myself into a huge big campus and huge big lecture halls, trying to study a subject that I wasn't really that convinced I was interested in. This was the point I started to

panic and thought: “well I better pick something or I'll be left behind”. All I needed was more time to decide what I wanted to do, and then my mind was made up. I deferred my Level 8 for the year and chose to go to a college of further education to give myself a chance to find out what my real interests were. My parents were quite supportive. They were glad that I was taking a year to figure out what I wanted to do. I think they were pleased as well because after the expenses of getting me through sixth year, they weren't in too much of a hurry to start forking out large sums of money for fees and accommodation etc. Left behind... So everyone else I knew was packing up their bags and heading off to university, including my best mate Glenn, while I stayed at home and attended my local college of further education. I'm not going to lie, it felt pretty rubbish at the time, as if I was being left behind. Glenn chose to study medicine in university, a 5 year degree course. He was now part of that ‘90 per cent’ , while I was not. The year began and things got very busy, very fast. I began to lose contact with Glenn but promised each other we'd meet up again before the end of the year. Turns out, I didn't really mind not being part of that ‘90 per cent’. The college I went to was absolutely brilliant. I was shown how to use computers properly, Microsoft Word, taught about plagiarism and everything else I needed to know to prepare myself for the big campus I was planning on going to next year. The small numbers of students in

"I deferred my Level 8 for the year and chose to go to a college of further education to give myself a chance to find out what my real interests were"

"Everyone doesn't have to take the same path to university, everyone isn't the same and that year in my local college of further education taught me that"

the classroom gave the tutor more time to work with each person indiv i d u a l l y. T h i s w a s e x t r e m e l y beneficial to me, because I don't always get everything the first time. Over the course of the year I began to realise that my favourite class to attend was business and marketing, so I knew that I had made the right choice to come to this college because I was finally coming to an understanding of my interests. The following year I went on to university and I am now in my second year in a Level 8 Business Marketing degree. Over my first year in university, I noticed how many students dropped out due to lack of interest or not having the proper tools to deal with university life. However, I did not drop out and I would like to say that is thanks to the study skills and other tools that my tutors back in my local college gave me. I never met up with my mate Glenn at the end of that previous year, not for any main reason or anything, it just didn't happen. It's been over two years since I seen him now so I decided to drive out to his house and drag him out for a catch up. Dropped out Glenn isn't part of that '90 per cent' anymore. In fact he dropped out of university after his first year and didn't even complete his final exams. He explained to me that he actually had no interest in Medicine at all and he was far from able for the course at the time, having just completed his Leaving Cert the year before, it was all just too much stress for him. He's been working for the past year packing meat in the local meat factory on minimum wage and currently has no plans of returning to college. So take my advice, don't just do what everyone else is doing or fall under the pressure that your school may put you under, but instead make up your own mind. Everyone doesn't have to take the same path to university, everyone isn't the same and that year in my local college of further education taught me that. Education 31

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Game on! Take your creative technology skills to a new level at Cavan Institute THE recently published review of the Further Education section in Ireland highlighted the need for FE colleges to produce graduates with industry relevant skills. Cavan Institute is already on point, offering a wide range of courses which include both QQI and professional qualifications. The Irish Consumer Games market, which was valued at almost 250 million in 2016, is a burgeoning sector which is as creative as it is dynamic. This sector offers myriad opportunities to students interested in creative technology and production. Career opportunities in this sector include jobs in design, development, middleware support and software services. Highly successful production companies include Romero Games in Galway (Doom, Dangerous Dave, Wizardry) and Digit in Dublin (Kings of the Realm). Many large multinationals have also set up here, including, EA, Activision and Blizzard. There is a very wide spectrum of skills required to work in this sector, and in the wider area of multimedia ranging from the very creative to purely technical, and spanning a wide variety of creative technology skills in between. Courses in Gaming, Multimedia, 3D Design have been developed in order to meet the needs of the sector. Courses in Sound Production and IT Support are constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of industry. Gaming Cavan Institute offers a suite of courses in Gaming: Games Design and Games Programming at QQI Level 5 and Games Development at QQI Level 6. These courses cover the full spectrum of games creation for 2D, 3D and Virtual Reality

Areas of study at Level 5 include: web design, video editing, image editing, design, digital marketing and media analysis. Students are also offered the opportunity to acquire certification in the professional qualification ACA (Adobe Certified Associate). The Level 6 course includes digital video/sound, animation, web technology, responsive web design and multimedia content generation and transmission. Students gain experience in software programs from the Adobe Creative Suite package, Cubase and web development platforms.

Gaming using Unreal Engine Software from Epic Games. The Virtual Reality aspect is an exciting new addition to these courses made possible by a new suite of high spec computers and Oculus Rift Headsets and Touch Controllers. Investments like this keeps Cavan Institute at the forefront of games development education and allow students to learn their craft with industry standard hardware and software. Games programming students are also given the opportunity to prepare for and achieve the much sought after Oracle certification. Multimedia Multimedia is also offered at Levels 5 and 6 at Cavan Institute.

"This sector offers myriad opportunities to students interested in creative technology and production"

Sound Production Multimedia sound and music technology feature on both gaming and multimedia courses providing opportunities for students interested in creating video game soundtracks and sound for TV, film and radio. These are also offered as part of the QQI Level 5 and 6 Music Production courses at Cavan Institute, during which students also complete the industry recognised BTEC HND in Music Production. It is envisaged that from September 2018 Cavan Institute will also be a recognised training centre for industry-standard Avid Pro Tools certification. Computing Other industry certification offered at Cavan Institute in the broader field of IT includes Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) Certification. Both professional qualifications are offered as part of the IT Support Specialist and IT Support Professional courses

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Cavan Institute selected to present at prestigious eApril International Education Conference in Finland CAVAN Institute was one of just 100 educational practitioners selected from a field of 700 applicants to present at the prestigious eApril international conference which was hosted by the Häme University of Applied Sciences in Hämeenlinna, Finland recently. The presentation titled “Building an Education Brand and Learning Community Using Social Media” was delivered by Cavan Institute teacher and social media expert Cara McDermott, who was accompanied by college director, Ann Marie Lacey. This topic proved very popular among delegates at the conference and drew attendees from universities and colleges from Germany, the UK, the USA, Finland, Sweden, Brazil and Spain.

Challenged annually with attracting, enrolling and retaining 1300+ new students, Cavan Institute has turned to social media, using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, Google Tools, Instagram and LinkedIn to connect with current, future and past students, share information and best practice, build a learning community, communicate an education ethos and experience, and convey a quality brand to students, parents, higher education partners and employers. The Institute was invited to deliver the presentation and share its expertise in this area at a one-day conference organised by the FET sub-committee of the National Association of Principals and Deputy

Principals (NAPD) in January. Social media was acknowledged Cavan Institute by all present as an important continue to method of engaging with and improve recruiting students to PLC and other educational FET courses. practice and Not only does Cavan Institute learning continue to improve educational through its practice and learning through its digital digital marketing and web developmarketing ment courses, it demonstrates best and web practice in using social media to development attract and enrol students from all courses over the country.



















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Progress from Level 5

Here are twelve g DFEi offers 12 Level 6 courses. These courses provide students with an opportunity to gain a higher qualification and improve their chances of entering the workforce at a supervisory level. Some of the course below offer progression opportunities into the second year of many third year courses.


Our Animal Health Care / Advanced Animal Care Assistant course is perfect for those of you who always wanted to have your own pet store or grooming parlour. With subjects like Canine Obedience, Wild Animal Management and Large Animal Husbandry, it will also equip you to enter the workforce as an animal care assistant or to work with large animals in a farm or stable setting. When you look at the growing number of independent and chain pet stores, grooming parlours and open farms, you can see that there are many employment opportunities for those with the right skills. This Level 6 course will also gain you advanced entry into the second year of the BSc in Wildlife Biology at the Institute of Technology Tralee, and the BSc in Veterinary Nursing at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.


The Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Computing and Electronic Technology and Advanced Certificate in Software Development are supported by FIT (Fast Track into IT) to give you the essential skills to find employment in the IT sector. Not only will you receive training in job interview techniques and CV preparation, but FIT will also arrange for you to visit companies with a view to possible

internships. Graduates of our Level 6 courses have found employment in network support, software development, electronic and computer engineering, software development, programming, website design and maintenance. If you wish to continue your studies at third level, these Level 6 courses with give you advanced entry into the second year o f t h e B S c i n C re a t i v e M e d i a Technologies and the BSc in Creative Computing in IADT; or the BSc in Business Computing in Athlone Institute of Technology.


The Advanced Certificate in TV and Digital Film Production will give you the highly practical skills to go straight into employment or to advance to third level. You get the opportunity to use professional digital cameras, editing techniques and practice using Avid Media Composer software. You will learn, among many other skills, Television and Video Studio Production, Scriptwriting for Film and Television Drama, Documentary Production, and Film and Digital Video Production. This Level 6 course gives you advanced entry into the second year of the BA in Film and Television Production in IADT and the BA in TV and New Media Broadcasting in the Institute of Technology Tralee.


The Advanced Certificate in Journalism for the Digital Age encourages you to conduct yourself like a working journalist for print, digital and radio platforms. This means writing articles for print and online, with a view to publica-

"Highly practical skills to go straight into employment or to advance to third level

"A wide range of skills in Sound Engineering, Music Production and all aspects of running a music business. You will learn from professionals using DFEi’s dedicated music production facilities, including a purposebuilt, industry standard recording studio

tion; interviewing in a professional manner for print and radio; researchi n g m e t i c u l o u s l y, e d i t i n g a n d sub-editing rigorously, meeting deadlines, being balanced and fair, behaving ethically, and working within the law. On completion of the Level 6 course you are equipped to get started as a freelance journalist. You also have the option of advanced entry into year two of the BA in Journalism in DIT and the BA in Journalism and Visual Media in Griffith College Dublin.


The Advanced Certificate in Digital Radio Production equips you to work in this dynamic field of modern media production. This course is run by radio professionals, and it uses the latest digital resources. You will learn how to produce music shows, news bulletins, studio and location recordings, and podcasts. More importantly, you will become part of a team that runs The Wave, DFEi’s radio station. Graduates from this Level 6 course have found employment as producers, presenters and sound operators at radio stations in Ireland and abroad. Successful completion of this course will also gain you advanced entry into the second year of the BA in TV, Radio and News Media Broadcasting in the Institute of Technology Tralee.


The Level 6 Higher National Diploma in Music Production is a two year course that takes you further along the academic path but is still vocational and practical if you want to directly enter employment in the media, entertain-

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el 5 to Level 6 in DEFi

e good reasons... ment or music industries. Over the two years you will learn a wide range of skills in Sound Engineering, Music Production and all aspects of running a music business. You will learn from professionals using DFEi’s dedicated music production facilities, including a purpose-built, industry standard recording studio. After successfully completing this two year course you can gain entry into the one year top up honours degree - the BSc in Creative Industries Popular Music Technology in the University of South Wales. You can also avail of advanced entry links into second or third year degree programmes in the UK. These include the BA in Creative Music Technologies and the BSc in Music Technology at the University of South Wales.


The Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Architectural Technology and Design in DFEI will enable you to develop a portfolio of valuable skills in Architectural Drawing, CAD2D and 3D, Model Making and Design in preparation for employment or further study. Employment opportunities exist in surveying, construction and 3D design in architectural, engineering and design sectors. This Level 6 course gives you advanced entry into the BSc in Building Surveying in Dundalk Institute of Technology.


DFEI has a long history in the fine art and craft of working with wood. The Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Furniture Design and Making allows you to develop your skills to create more complex designs, learning more advanced

"New and exciting areas of study in this area include IT security and financial crime

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techniques and gaining competence using modern technologies. Opportunities for direct employment include interior design, product design, management and sales in the furniture industry, or self-employment. If you want to progress to third level, this Level 6 course gives you advanced entry into the second year of the BTech in Timber Product Technology in DIT, the BSc in Furniture Design and Manufacture and the BSc in Furniture and Wood Technology in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

Service. The mix of supervisory and entrepreneurial subjects, as well as Crime Prevention and Conflict Management offered on this Level 6 course, will also prepare you to work in a supervisory security role in retail and other private sectors, or to start your own business in security. New and exciting areas of study in this area include IT security and financial crime. So, having completed this Level 6 course you might decide to progress to the BA in Criminal Justice Studies or the BSc in Computer Forensics and Security at Waterford Institute of Technology.


The Advanced Certificate in Administration prepares you to work at a more supervisory level in, for example, secretarial, frontline management and reception roles in public service, education, legal, medical, tourism, and financial services. You will study Administration Practice, Customer Service and Supervisory Management specifically to prepare you for these responsible positions. This Level 6 course also gives you advanced entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Business Studies in the Institute of Technology Tralee. Crime prevention is a growing industry in Ireland, and employers actively seek DFEi students for Employment in this sector.


The Advanced Certificate in Health Services Supervisory Management Skills prepares you to work in a supervisory role in a range of health services settings. Not only will this course offer you enhanced employment opportunities, it is also a progression path to third level courses in related areas. These include degree courses in Social Care Practice, Early Childhood Care and Education, Applied Social Studies and Social Science in Athlone, Carlow and Tallaght Institutes of Technology. Immediate employment opportunities exist in nursing homes, homeless services, resource and family support centres, care centres, and crèches.


Twelve Advanced Certificate courses; twelve ways of getting a better job or entry to a third level course; twelve good reasons for continuing your educational journey at DFEi; find out more about all of these courses on 5 is good but 6 is even better.

The Advanced Certificate in Security Operations and Management should be of particular interest to those of you who are attracted to a career with An Garda Síochánna, the Airport Police, the Defence Forces, the Fire Service, or the Prison

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Look Forward with Kerry College of Further Education KERRY College of Further Education (KCFE) offers a wide range of full-time Post Leaving Certificate Level 5 and Level 6 courses. We have a variety of over 60 courses covering Beauty and Fashion, Business and Technology, Childcare and Education, Construction and Engineering, Creative Arts, Humanities and Healthcare, Science, Sports and Nutrition, and Tourism and Hospitality. KCFE has introduced a number of

new innovative courses for the 2018/2019 academic year in response to industry demands. We pride ourselves in providing work-ready graduates that secure employment locally, in Kerry and in the wider Munster region. Main focus We introduce our learners to the college environment and the college education system thus enabling a smooth transition for those who wish to progress to third-level programme in a University or Institute of Technology. The learner is the main focus of Kerry College of Further Education and it is our aim that your time with us is positive, enjoyable and rewarding and that you will develop academi- KCFE Students of Pre-University Law and Criminology cally, professionally and personally. Studies who attended the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee



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Make your move to Sallynoggin College SALLYNOGGIN College is celebrating 50 years of Further Education this year, and continues to expand and develop courses as needed. Just this year, we have successfully introduced two new QQI Level 6 courses; one in Advanced Performing Arts/ Theatre Film & TV Acting and one in Advanced Art & Design. Recently developed courses in Childhood Education & Training, and in Hotel & Leisure Operations have also provided exciting new opportunities for students in the Childcare and Tourism Departments. Facilities upgraded Our college facilities are continually being upgraded to support these changes, with a recently refurbished Gym and newly launched Hairdressing and Beauty salons, bringing practical classes to an industry standard. Having earned a strong reputation for excellence, in the areas of Further Courses open to all ages! No CAO points requirement! • FREE bus from Bandon • FREE parking • Grants and allowances available

Education, Sallynoggin College offers a diverse range of courses outside the CAO points system leading to higher education or employment. Progressed through higher education Many who have started further education at SCFE, have progressed through higher education, and are pursuing careers in their chosen areas. Just recently, our past students, Sarah Murphy and Carol Ann Hughes, have completed their degrees in Fashion Design, set up their own business, and commenced employment in the fashion industry. F u r t h e r a f i e l d , To m m y McCormack, our Personal Training and Sports Therapy student, had a life-changing opportunity, working as coach and cut-man to Conor McGregor for his Mayweather fight in Las Vegas. The friendly and supportive struc-

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New skills and confidence IN September Dunboyne College of Further Education will commence its 16th year of offering a quality education product to Meath, west Dublin, north Kildare and surrounding areas. We have grown to over 670 students doing QQI level 5 and 6 courses at our campus in Dunboyne Business Park. As well as being the only dedicated PLC further education college in County Meath, west Dublin, Kildare and the surrounding areas, over 90% of the students who have achieved a full QQI level 5 award with Dunboyne College in recent years have received third level offers and countless others have proceeded directly to employment. The feedback on the courses from students has been excellent in terms of the new skills and confidence; students felt they received the confidence to go on to future learning, to build up their skills, and to access job opportunities. Courses are increasing in popularity with this year over 1960 students applying for 600 places. An ideal route One year QQI level 5 Programmes like the majority run in Dunboyne are an ideal way to pursue a course in an area of interest and to access a third level course. By having a day a week in work experience students can also put into practice their skills and assess their competency. The flexible options in Dunboyne allow students to sample various modules in September to make sure they are pursuing the correct course choice. Students often do far better at further education level as they are

now studying in an area of their passion and aptitude like nursing, sports or cookery rather than in the Leaving Cert where Irish English Math’s etc were compulsory. As students also learn referencing, research and self-directed learning they tend to stay the full third level course afterwards unlike many who go straight from leaving cert not very sure of their options. Dropout rates of less than 5% at higher education for those who do a further education course like those in Dunboyne College first, can be compared to an average of 8 to 10% drop out rate in the universities and 20% in the IT colleges. Range of places There are now a whole range of places available to Dunboyne College graduates in certificate and degree courses in Maynooth University, DCU, DIT, UCD, IT Blanchardstown, TCD; and with many other institutions around the country through the QQI Links Scheme. This year over 270 of students received offers including 80 to Maynooth University, 126 to IT Blanchardstown and 70 to DIT and 19 to DCU among others. Also this year the college introduces Psychology, Sports Injury Prevention, Liberal Arts and Human Resource Management to add to the courses in Equine Business, Airline Studies, Hairdressing, Pharmacy Assistant, Beauty Therapy, Office Administration, Retail Studies, Employability Skills, Computer Systems and Networks, and Creative Media which were introduced over

"Dropout rates of less than 5% at higher education for those who do a further education course like those in Dunboyne College first, can be compared to an average of 8 to 10% drop out rate in the universities and 20% in the IT colleges.

the last two years. Dunboyne College continues to run its very successful original courses in Nursing, Social Studies, Art, Pre University Business and Pre University Arts programmes which have been added to over the years by students studying Childcare/ Special Needs Assistant, Health Service Skills, Pre University Science, Food Science, Animal Care, Multimedia, Sound Engineering, Sports Science and Sports Management. The college continues to run its professional Cookery Course in conjunction with DIT and a whole range of level 6 second year programmes are also available. Expansion Dunboyne College of Further Education will be expanding into many new areas of educational opportunity in the coming years and anyone wishing to obtain further information on these opportunities should find out about us online at or on Facebook or Twitter. There is an On Line Enrolment on-going with interviews on the 6th March, 2nd May and late June. Late applications will be taken until late September depending on availability on the courses. School leavers, mature students, lifelong learners and those who want further opportunities to progress in their jobs will all benefit from these QQI programmes in Dunboyne. It should never be thought about as an extra year, but rather as a year to explore what you really want to do, and a passport to make that it is possible. Education 41

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For students, industry and the community CORK College of Commerce is the largest Further Education college in Ireland with over 5,000 students between Day and Evening courses. The College has, since its inception had the needs of the students, industry and the community to the fore and through strong collaboration with industry and Higher Education across a range of disciplines has impressive outcomes for all students. Why choose the College of Commerce?: Great progression links to Higher Education Don’t forget there’s more than one way to get into an I.T. or a University and our students have great success in gaining entry. C.A.O. and other Statistics tell us that over 400 of our students gained a place in a Higher Education Institution after completion of one of our courses. This does not include the numbers that went from our Adult Leaving Cert. course or our Repeat Leaving Cert. course. The links with Institutes of Higher Education are growing and strengthening every year. A year or two in the College of Commerce is a really good start to commencing life in a University or an I.T. Many of our students tell us that they would not have survived if they had gone straight to University and that the year building skills and knowledge with us is invaluable. Great courses to gain employment Our courses are tailored to meet the skills shortages identified by National Agencies and our Industry Liaison Officer keeps our relationship with industry very active. College of Commerce has a Jobs Register for graduates, a dedicated Jobs Hub to help students gain employment skills and advice during their time with us and a LinkedIn Alumni group. A large number of industry speakers and site visits also run throughout the academic year.

State-of-the-Art Facilities 20 computer rooms upgraded regularly with the latest software, practical rooms for Nursing, Childcare, Beauty, Health and Wellbeing and Make-Up Artistry, college canteen, access to crèche, walk in access to computers for students at all times, assistive technology suite etc. West Cork Campus The College provides 13 courses i n i t s We s t C o r k C a m p u s i n Skibbereen. Mature and International Student Supports A group of staff within the college are dedicated to supporting the needs of mature and international students with advice, extra study support, help with computers, coffee mornings etc. We acknowledge that for many mature students it is a huge step to return to college and we are committed to supporting that journey as fully as we can. Added Value Lots of other supports are available for disability, study, guidance, counseling, International Students,

student activities etc. All students in the college attend Work Experience as part of their course and benefit greatly from it. Students can also avail of financial supports such as Grants, VTOS, BTEA. "The college prides itself on its student friendly atmosphere and its open approachable ethos where the student community can feel safe, at ease and supported in their learning"

Excellent Tuition We have a great team of teachers who are committed to helping every student achieve their potential. Small class size helps us to give every student better attention and respond to individual student needs. The college prides itself on its student friendly atmosphere and its open approachable ethos where the student community can feel safe, at ease and supported in their learning. Full Range of Student Activities We provide golf, horse riding, tennis, basketball, soccer, zumba, sailing etc. Most activities are entirely free with college ID card.

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St Louis Community School

Skills to progress both in Further Education and the Workplace ST LOUIS Community School in East Mayo has been offering PLC courses for over a decade now and continue to respond to learner and employer need. A fantastic illustration of this commitment is the introduction of the QQI Level 5 Award in Education & Training. This new course will provide the opportunity for vocational specialists to get the skills and qualifications needed to deliver training in their area of vocational expertise. According to FE Coordinator Suzi Ottewell. “The perception of PLC courses has changed dramatically over recent years with many people – including recent school leavers and adults returning to education after a time away – choosing to use them as an alternative route into higher and further education.” Today’s PLC courses are very much focused on delivering the skills and knowledge needed to progress both in further education and the workplace. Great emphasis is put on honing practical skills, applying theories, encouraging self-motivation, developing personal skills such as communications, and gaining real insights

from work experience. “It’s important to remember that 8 distinctions in a level 5 or level 6 QQI course is equivalent to 384 points in the leaving cert, too” adds Suzi. Over the last decade this change in perception about PLCs has led to a great increase in what St Louis CS offers. Today there are courses in sport, childcare, busin e s s / I T, n u r s i n g , c o m m u n i t y c a re , hairdressing and beauty therapy. The facilities on offer have expanded, too, and now include dedicated beauty and hairdressing salons, exercise and cardio vascular rooms, IT rooms, and internet access with networked printing for research and project work. Off-site access to course resources and information is also available. “Another area of expansion is that St Louis CS is now an approved centre for three awarding bodies: QQI, City & Guilds and ITEC. This means that industry leading qualifications in hairdressing, beauty therapy and fitness instructing are all available at one location in East Mayo. St Louis CS is the only approved ITEC centre for Sports & City & Guilds centre for hairdressing in

Mayo ,” added Suzi. All the further education courses at St Louis are open to people with a leaving cert or equivalent qualification, although it’s important to check individual course entry requirements. Applications are open for courses that will start in September 2018. Forms are available from the school 094 9381228 or by online application through www. Places are limited so early application is very much recommended. There is a short, informal interview for all course applicants which also provides the chance to see the plc facilities on offer. “Today the PLC route is as important a route into the third level system as any other and the skills they bring with them are very much sought after by colleges, universities and employers alike,” added Suzi. Find out more: Further information about all the courses and application forms are available from:, or from Suzi on 094 9381228

PLC Courses on offer St Louis, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo • Education and Training (Level 5) • Community Care (Level 5) • Business & Finance (Level 5) • Hairdressing (Levels 5 & 6 plus City & Guilds) • Beauty Therapy (Levels 5 & 6 plus ITEC)

• Sport (Levels 5 & 6 plus ITEC) • Childcare (Levels 5 & 6) • Nursing Studies (Level 5) • Administration (Level 6) • Health Care Support (Level 5) Tel: 094 9381228

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Physical Education is coming to the Leaving Cert - what you need to know When will the new Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework be available in schools? Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework (SCPE) will be available on a phased basis starting with a group of schools in September 2018 (Phase 1). How will schools be selected? Phase 1 of the implementation process will involve a small cohort of schools who have the capacity to introduce the Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework. What resources will be required in my school to be able to provide the subject? Typically, schools will have: • Access to a sports hall/suitable indoor space and/or outdoor playing area. • Classroom space • Internet access in the sports hall will be an important addition to support learning and assessment in SCPE. What qualifications/experience is needed to be able to teach the subject? Typically, teachers will have:

The Dublin Climbing Centre is a state of the art indoor rock climbing wall located 200m from the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght. The Centre comprises of over 1200m sq lead climbing & 230m sq of bouldering climbing surface featuring a huge variety of angles, shapes and an abseil cave, a first rate climbing facility in which to train and have fun.

• A relevant qualification recognised by the Teaching Council to teach physical education How many hours contact time will be required to teach the subject? LCPE is designed for 180 hours of class contact time. Will this subject attract CAO points? Yes, the CAO points allocation for LCPE will be the same as for all Leaving Certificate subjects and will follow the Leaving Certificate 8-point grading scale. Where can I access a copy of the specification? The LCPE specification is available on the NCCA website at How will the subject be assessed? There are three assessment components in LCPE: Physical Activity Project - 20% - Higher and Ordinary; Performance Assessment - 30% Common;

Written paper - 50% - Higher and Ordinary; How will LCPE be timetabled? The timetabling of LCPE will be a matter for the school to decide. What is the difference between Leaving Certificate Physical Education and Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework? Physical education in senior cycle is provided for in two ways: LCPE is an optional subject that learners study and are examined in, as part of the Leaving Certificate, with CAO points allocated accordingly. The SCPE Framework provides a planning tool for physical education for all students in senior cycle and will not be assessed as part of the Leaving Certificate examination. Can students who are taking LCPE also participate in SCPE? Schools will decide whether students who are studying LCPE can also participate in SCPE.

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PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) Irish Water Safety has developed a course that incorporates all aspects of the Aquatics Strand – PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety), teaching water safety as part of Personal Safety in the SPHE programme, Active Schools flags.......etc Course that all pupils enjoys and learn lifesaving skills. Teachers - Get Involved, Get Active, Get your Resources free at Teachers - In-service Course available Why not register and learn new life skills for you and your pupils? Free Certificates and Free resource at Register your class now! Both Classroom and Pool-based programmes available over 15 different levels and free certificates for each pupils as they are achieved!

JAWS (Junior Aquatics Water Safety) The JAWS Programme develops the participants swimming, survival and rescue skills. It also increases their water safety knowledge and awareness. Completing your GAISCE – The President’s Award? Need a Personal skill, Physical Recreation skill or Community Involvement option for your students - Why not choose Lifesaving? Look for your nearest IWS Water Safety Class and get involved ! Check out

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Ireland’s full time lifeguard training school ATLANTIC Coast Lifeguards are Ireland’s only full time lifeguard training school. Our courses are designed and assessed to the highest standards by the relevant governing bodies, leading to internationally recognised qualifications that will allow you to work worldwide as a lifeguard. We have a variety of courses on offer from the industry led National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), (which allows you to work in leisure facility’s around the country and worldwide), and the National Vo c a t i o n a l B e a c h L i f e g u a r d Qualification (NVBLQ). The NVBLQ was developed by several organisations including RNLI & RLSS as the go-to beach lifeguard qualification worldwide. The beach lifeguard is also a pre-requisite for most water based adventure sports such as surfing, coasteering and stand-up paddle boarding. First aid, life support and AED are

now in all our pool and beach lifeguard courses so that you are fully trained for any eventuality. In Ireland the leisure and adventure industry have boomed and having a professional lifeguard qualification is the stepping stone into a wider industry. A must-do course Once in the industry you may see yourself wanting to progress further on your career path, with this in mind we now offer the National Pool Management Qualification (NPMQ) which helps facility managers ensure they are following all health and safety guidelines and regulations in their facility. This is a must-do course for any leisure manager keen to progress their CV but also their centre. Additional Training Qualifications Along with this we now train life-

"All our courses are designed to suit the needs of the industry both now and in the future We run them intensively as we understand the need for immediate qualifications and being immersed in the role

guards/supervisors and management who want to train others in the exciting role of a lifeguard. They can now progress on and become pool or beach lifeguard trainers. This allows them to offer public courses but train their own staff to suit the needs of their facility. All our courses are designed to suit the needs of the industry both now and in the future. We run them intensively as we understand the need for immediate qualifications and being immersed in the role. To enter on to any of the courses there are some pre-entry requirements you must pass prior to booking. If you want to find out more information on our training please check out or feel free to contact me with any queries through our website.

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Coláiste Naomh Eoin Winner of the Memorex Culture Award

Gaeltacht Summer Courses 2018 (Non-Residential) Primary & Secondary School Students (8-18 Years) Dublin & Leinster Locations Dublin Venues St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9 Ballinteer Community School, Dublin 16 Coláiste Éanna, Ballyroan, Dublin 16 Lucan Community College, Co Dublin Castleknock Community College, Dublin 15 Leinster Venues Maynooth University, Co Kildare Piper's Hill College, Naas, Co Kildare Presentation College, Bray, Co Wicklow Coláiste Na hInse, Bettystown, Co Meath Kilkenny College, Co Kilkenny Creagh College, Gorey, Co Wexford

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COLÁISTE Naomh Eoin has successfully established a proven track record of offering Ireland’s highest quality courses and excellent service for over two decades throughout the Leinster region. Our Gaeltacht Summer Courses are described by The Irish Times as being: “The most comprehensive, enjoyable and affordable Irish courses in Ireland”. All courses run over a two-week period and are specially designed for both primary and secondary school students. Students are placed in a program with peers of their own age and ability. They follow a tailor-made program that ensures getting the most out of each activity at all times. All activites have been carefully structured to improve their oral, aural and written competence of the Irish language. Our courses provide students with the opportunity to embrace our native language and culture in a variety of unique ways. Our courses allow them to grow more confident and appreciative of Irish language and culture. The course aims to make learning Irish fun while ensuring they reach their maximum potential. All our staff members create a fun and positive atmosphere while maintaining high standards of discipline and teaching. We provide special help to students with little or no fluency. We aim to keep class numbers as low as possible to ensure our teachers can dedicate their time to the specific needs of the class. FIND OUT MORE: Tel: 01-298 5287 |

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New policy prioritises teaching foreign languages THE Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton has launched the government’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026. The plan sets out a roadmap to put Ireland in the top ten countries in Europe for the teaching and learning of foreign languages, through a number of measures targeted at improving proficiency, diversity and immersion. In the context of Brexit and the increasing importance globally of non-English speaking countries, the minister said that the government is taking action to ensure Ireland is well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Once the UK leaves the EU, Ireland will be one of only two English speaking countries in the Union. The teaching of the Irish language from an early age, mean that children are exposed to bilingualism from a young age. Ireland's position as a small, open economy at the centre of

the world, also puts the country in a unique position. This strategy aims to maximise the state's assets, by ensuring our education and training service is well equipped to respond to a changing global environment. Main points of the Foreign Languages Strategy: • Increase post-primary schools offering two or more foreign languages by 25% • Increase students sitting two languages at Junior Cert and Leaving Cert by 25% • Increase students in higher education studying a foreign language by 20% • Increase participants in Erasmus+ by 50% • Double numbers in teacher mobility programmes • Double the number of foreign language assistants • Improve learners’ attitude to foreign language learning • Improve the quality of foreign language teaching at all levels

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We are hiring AT Love 2 Learn we are passionate about languages; the way they help us communicate with other cultures and increase our career prospects. Making world travel more enjoyable and exciting. We are a small family run language school and proud of our language courses and summer camps in Ireland. We look after our academic and leisure content making sure the experience is worthwhile and unforgettable. We are looking for IRISH AND CHINESE language teachers: If you are passionate about languages and you want to be part of our school please send your CV at

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Arigna Mining Experience

An Insight into a Coal Mining Life THE Arigna Mining Experience in Co. Roscommon will certainly appeal to those looking for a day out with a difference. The visitor centre is located in a beautiful scenic location overlooking Lough Allen. Now a popular tourist spot, this visitor centre preserves the mining heritage of this area and allows visitors an insight into coal mining life as it was in the Arigna Valley for centuries. With an ex-miner as your tour-guide, the visit to the museum includes access to an exhibit area where there is a DVD presentation and a wonderful authentic photographic exhibition. The highlight of the visit is an underground tour with an ex-miner as your tour guide where the visitor is brought to the mine’s coal face and where lighting and sound effects add to the reality of the experience. The centre is fully accessible and is an all-weather facility. It is an ideal day out for the family with a gift shop and coffee shop on site. The Arigna Mining Experience and its world class tour is close to the borders of Sligo, Leitrim and Mayo. The centre is open 10-5pm daily, all year round. FIND OUT MORE: Tel: 071-9646466 | Cycle the Shannon Blueway Tel: 086-8288747 & 087-7386439

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Something for everyone in the class at GoQuest GoQuest is an indoor multi challenge themed arena for older children, teenagers and adults. The arena has 28 unique challenge rooms for groups of up to 100 to try and complete during a fun filled session. The wide variety of challenges are why it’s proving so popular for Transition year groups and dozens of TY groups have returned again this year. The rooms are a mix of light-physical, skill and mental challenges and with three levels of difficulty there really is something for everyone. Fully automated with live scoring GoQuest comprises four themed zones and is fully automated with live scoring. At the end, the group are brought together for results and scores and of course the winners are announced. Some groups are all about the scoring and get very competitive while others are more determined to pass certain rooms and not as worried about the winners, it’s always up to each team to decide. GoQuest can open early every day (except Monday) for groups of 35+ and (with pre booking) is open early every Tuesday anyway which can suit smaller classes. Very large groups of over 100 can double up over back to back sessions and many combine GoQuest with a visit to nearby Glasnevin cemetery. FIND OUT MORE: | Tel: 01-6855005



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Ireland’s history carved in stone! GLASNEVIN Cemetery Museum offers exciting and engaging School Tours for students of all ages. Ideally situated in North Dublin, just off the M50, we offer tours that can be tailormade to suit all groups. Opened in 1832, Glasnevin Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Ireland and is the resting place of many men and women who shaped Irish history. Students can learn about these personalities and historic events through guided tours of the cemetery, interactive exhibits and learning packs - all of which are linked to the curriculum. For Primary and Secondary Schools we offer: • Educational History Tours –Students explore the history of the cemetery, the lives of famous figures such as Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Jim Larkin and Countess Markievicz; along with major political and social developments in Ireland • Cross-curricular Tours can be tailor made – the interests of a class can be incorporated to make their tour even more engaging. For example Irish sport or writers, the Great War and the Irish Famine. • Tours available in Irish • A World War One Tour and Artefact Handling Session We have developed interesting programmes which are tailor made for developing the Key Skills of Transition Year and provide an insight

into research and public speaking. • Transition Year workshops in Tour Guiding Training and Genealogy We will help you to plan your school tour and ensure that students enjoy their visit. Glasnevin Cemetery Museum offers: • Guidance from their Educational Department • All tours include access to the museum • Exciting Learning Packs and Primary Source Document Activities • Free on-site coach parking • Free entry for teacher/group leader • A direct pathway into the neighbouring Botanic Gardens As well as providing exciting and informative School Tours we also cater for Adult and Life-long Learning with lectures, tours and To u r G u i d e Tr a i n i n g a n d G e n e a l o g y Workshops. To book directly for the following months email or phone 01 For more information visit -8826577. To find out more contact educato book call 01 8826550 or email booking or log onto www. All tours can be tailored to meet the individual needs of a class. Please contact the Education Department at and log onto our website for more information.





Learn about the men and women who shaped the course of Irish history Tours link with primary and secondary school history curricula Learning packs sent in advance of your tour Workshops and handling sessions available Pedestrian gateway to Botanic Gardens Tours available in Irish

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Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark

Education and fieldwork opportunities at the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark


GEOPARK is an area with really special rocks and landscapes. These may be special because they are good for education, or because they are of great scientific value. They may also be special because the rocks and landscapes are very rare, or simply because they are exceptionally beautiful. Geoparks aren’t just about rocks and landscapes though, they also include places that have important history and archaeology, fascinating plants and wildlife, and often intriguing folklore. After all, many of these are intimately linked with the ground beneath our feet. About the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) endorsed Geopark status was first awarded to the Marble Arch Caves and adjoining Cuilcagh Mountain Park in 2001 and since this time the Geopark has expanded rapidly from these two original sites. In 2007 and 2008, the Geopark underwent two phases of expansion first into public access lands in west Fermanagh and secondly into west Cavan making the Geopark not only one of the largest in the

world but, also the first cross-border Geopark in the world. In 2015 UNESCO officially recognised the Global Geoparks Programme, Creating Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. The Geopark now stretches from the northern shores of Lower Lough Erne in County Fermanagh to Lough Oughter in County Cavan. The Geopark is jointly managed by Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and Cavan County Council.

available for Leaving Certificate and AS/A2 level Geography teachers. This is a self-led study guide with information on sites to visit and the features of interest within them. For primary school pupils Earth science workshops are organised as part of Science Week every March and November. Training courses are also offered for both primary and post-primary teachers in how to teach Earth science more effectively.

Education and Fieldwork Opportunities 1. Primary & Post-Primary The Geopark offers many environmental educational packages including site specific packages for both primary and post-primary school pupils. A number of workbooks and guided education programmes are on offer for primary and post-primary school pupils. These are delivered at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, Cuilcagh Mountain Park or at the Cavan Burren Park. Key curriculum components covered focus on the topics of geology, biodiversity, archaeology and history. Indeed, specific programmes can be tailored to suit individual needs upon request. An Earth Science Education Field Guide is

Education Activities and learning areas • Cave Tours • Woodland and Habitat Studies • Vegetation Studies • Sustainable Tourism • Glacial Processes • Rock Cycle and Resources • Sustainable Living 2. Tertiary Education & Lifelong Learning The Geopark has produced a booklet with information on areas of study within the Geopark. The Geopark employs a Geologist and Education Officer whom are both on hand to provide information prior to or during a visit. Where possible, programmes can be tailored to suit individual requests. A number of university accredited courses are offered within the Geopark. Other Services Geopark staff members can carry out visits to schools and also organise special education events at various times throughout the year. FIND OUT MORE Further information please contact: Geopark Development Officer Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark 43 Marlbank Road, Legnabrocky, Florencecourt, Co.Fermanagh BT92 1EW. Tel: 028 6634 8855 (NI) Tel: 048 6634 8855 (RoI)

■ Educational activities on lower slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain

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The Marble Arch Caves' natural underworld MARBLE Arch Caves are one of Europe’s finest showcaves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, winding passages and lofty chambers. Lively and informative guides conduct tours past a bewildering variety of cave formations. Stalactites glisten above streamways and chambers, while fragile mineral veils and cascades of creamy calcite coat walls and create shimmering terraces. Spectacular walkways allow easy access while powerful lighting reveals the stunning beauty and grandeur of the caves. Electrically powered boats glide through huge caverns carrying visitors along a subterranean river. Tours last for 75 minutes and are suitable for people of any age and of average fitness. Comfortable walking shoes and a warm sweater are recommended. Opening times: March 13th – June: 10am – 4.30pm every day; July – August: 10am – 5pm every day; September: 10am – 4.30pm every day; October: 10:30am – 3:00pm every day;

November – February: CLOSED. It's advisable to phone to ensure that you can be accommodated and to check the availability of tours as the caves can be affected by heavy rain. Marble Arch Caves are located in a National Nature Reserve in the shadows of Cuilcagh Mountain and have coach and car parking, toilets and baby changing facilities, souvenir shop, restaurant, exhibition area, free audio-visual presentation and free WiFi. Education packages are available for school children and for those interested in lifelong learning. An events programme is delivered throughout the year.

Cuilcagh Mountain Park CUILCAGH Mountain and the Marlbank area provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Fermanagh. At 665m, Cuilcagh is the highest point in Fermanagh, and the only true mountain. Its distinctive table-top profile is easily identified across the region and forms the focus of an area rich in geology, archaeology, folklore, flora and fauna. The mountain itself is topped by gritstone, exposed in places as dramatic cliffs sweeping down to the lower sandstone and shale slopes. The middle slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain are covered with a thick layer of peat and form one of the best examples of a blanket bog ecosystem in the north of Ireland. The lower slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain are formed of limestone with its associated (karst) landforms and complex cave systems.

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The Wild Atlantic Hostel The new state-of-the-art dorm accommodation

DELPHI Resort is excited to introduce the latest addition to its exceptional offering with the brand new accommodation option on site, the Wild Atlantic Hostel at Delphi Resort, which opened in March 2018. A coolly contemporary curved building, designed by Associated Design Ireland Ltd. with a nod to Delphi Resort’s own unique architecture, to echo the landscape surrounding it and to maximise the fantastic mountain views, the Wild Atlantic Hostel at Delphi Resort has a 220-bed capacity with carefully chosen, well-designed facilities. Stunning, sprawling resort The Wild Atlantic Hostel, set on the 300-acre grounds of this stunning, sprawling resort in the heart of Connemara, replaces Delphi Resort’s current hostel building and provides comfortable, practical and affordable accommodation for groups of all sizes. With 6 and 10 bedded dorm rooms available, all en-suite, the Wild Atlantic Hostel at Delphi Resort sleeps up to 220 guests with stateof-the-art beds featuring individual locker facilities, reading lights and charging points for electronic devices. Lush, dramatic and spectacular, Delphi Resort is set in a truly unique part of the world, surrounded by some of Ireland’s most beautiful

and awe-inspiring scenery, where for over 30 years they have been inspiring guests to aim higher and achieve more. The Wild Atlantic Hostel is also ideal for groups and individuals looking to take a great value weekend break to Delphi Resort, with full access to the resort’s adventure, dining and spa facilities. Extensive facilities The Wild Atlantic Hostel's extensive range of facilities include a large communal lounge and games room with a flatscreen TV for watching movies, another large upstairs communal room with cooking facilities with additional shower and toilet facilities for large groups. Other facilities include a drying room for wet hiking boots and outdoor clothes, bike storage facilities, a 24-hour CCTV system, mountain bike hire and tour/activity booking service, access to all resort facilities including the Adventure Centre, Delphi Spa and The 814 Restaurant & Bar, secure baggage storage room, free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour reception, car parking for all guests and best of all, the most jaw-dropping views of the surrounding mountain scenery. For bookings or to find out more visit, call +353 95 42208 or email

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Mr Price

Fantastic range of uniforms, stationery and student supplies DO YOU purchase stationery supplies for your school? You've come to the right place! Mr.Price has a fanastic range of Stationery - we have everything you need for getting ready for Back to School and for school days year round. We're delighted to be able to offer schools the ability to place a bulk order for stationery supplies, with a discount for orders over €200. Download our order form, fill in what you need (items must be ordered in pack sizes*), bring it to your nearest Mr.Price store and the manager will take it from there. The manager will place the order with our buyer and the order will be ready for pick up in as little as a week. You can let us know what

date is best for you to pick up the order and we can hold the order for you until then. What's different about us? Mr Price Branded Bargains is the most innovative and rapidly expanding discounted variety retailer in Ireland. We are 100% Irish and delivering rock-bottom prices across the country. We opened for business in March 2010, and now have 41 stores up and down the country with plenty more to follow. Mr Price sells the best branded products at unparalleled low prices - exactly what today’s price conscious consumers are looking for. Mr. Price carries a huge range of

*If you need indivudual stationery items, these can be added to your order when you pick it up and will be included under the discount.



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top quality, well known high street brands from Health & Beauty to Household, Home Décor, Stationery, Arts and Crafts, Toys, Confectionery & so much more. We are constantly looking for new products and offering fresh deals to customers, creating a sense of discovery every time they visit our stores. Mr Price is like the SALE that never ends because our deals with suppliers mean that everything we offer is at a price that other retailers just cannot match. The level of discount in your shopping basket is between 40% and 70%! See for more information.

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Tourism backgro

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round in Ireland

How Ireland is chosen

Tourism is a very important industry in Ireland but its broader importance has waned over the decades as Ireland embraced IT, exports and other service and manufacturing industry. But it is a key generator of employment especially in the regions outside Dublin. In turn, education for the hospitality industry plays an important part of the Third Level sector particularly colleges of further education.


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Turning Point™ Institute, one of Ireland’s oldest Institutes for accredited psychotherapy training, will be offering the following programmes in 2018 4 YEAR MSc IN INTEGRATIVE COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY VALIDATED AND AWARDED BY UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - Commencing October 2018 ------------------------------------------------------------------------MSc IN INTEGRATIVE COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY RESEARCH VALIDATED AND AWARDED BY UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK -----------------------------------------------------------------------Diploma in Supervision for Health Care Professionals ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Foundation Courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy | 40 hour certificate programme, evening classes All of our facilitators are accredited psychotherapists and/or expert trainers in their subject matter.

For further information on the above courses, and on the facilitators, view our website at

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Franciscans Missionaries of Mary

A community with other sisters and in the wider community of the church MY name is Neide, I am a psychologist, I am 30 years old and I want to be a nun! Yes, nuns still exist and yes, there are still people that want to become religious sisters! – Weird? no! So, here is the answer to two of the most common questions asked by my friends and people I meet when I reveal this “IN-sane” plan for my life: “What exactly is a nun?" "What is it that you want to do?” …followed by… “How did you know you wanted to do that?” I am a pre-novice with the Franciscans Missionary of Mary - so much of the answer is in the name! I want to belong to the Franciscan Family, meaning I want to live the Gospel values of Love for God and others in a very simple and detached way. St Francis tells us that the best way to be able to Love God freely and totally is by freeing ourselves from the “things” that distract us. He speaks about lady poverty (one of the vows that hopefully I will make!). So I look forward to living a life that is rooted in God and in the beauty of all things created, and I want to be able to share this unique, all fulfilling Love with everyone. Out in the world with the people This brings me to the next word: Missionary! I have too much energy to be able to endure a life in an enclosed convent. I am called to live this amazing Love by being out in the world with the people! I want to be a missionary which means I get to share with everyone I encounter this Jesus with whom I fell in Love, and I can do that working in the nearest parish, or I can be sent to any part of the world, where I am needed. By making the vow of obedience, I am saying that I am free to go wherever, and to do whatever, to live out the Gospel!

No reservations And F.M. of Mary… well our foundress calls Mary the “way within the way”. She is the role model…simple, humble. Mary said yes to God’s Love without reserve, even when faced with a very irrational and hard request “will you carry Jesus, my Son to the world?". Out of Love Mary says yes, and she completely surrenders herself and all her plans to God. And as Mary, I too am in-Love with this wonderful God, Jesus, my best friend! And I too want to surrender my All to him, because this is what we do when we are in-love, right? We surrender with no reservations! Here enters the vow of chastity…I surrender my Love to God entirely! And vow to Love Him in poverty and wealth, sickness and health for the rest of my life! – it is just like a wedd i n g v o w, a n d w i t h t h e m o s t amazing Man/God ever! This, in religious life, is lived in community – in the community with other sisters, and in the wider community of the church, and in a wider community that is all of creation. We are all a big family!

"It took me 15 years to finally have the courage to tread the path that clearly gives me peace and joy …my vocation!

An idea was planted How did I end up here? In a nutshell, I used to be a rebel kid, I grew up in an amazing family, committed and very active in the church and understood from an early age that faith was something great that kept my parents and grandparents going no matter what happened! Faith was the fuel! I was certainly not that holy! I was a terrible teenager! Cutting a long story short, something in me changed when I was about 15, I suddenly realized how empty the things I was trying to achieve were. …I felt “there has to be more to life than this, which makes me miserable”… at this point I was studying in a school with sisters, and it was the first time at the age of 15 that the idea was planted in my brain! And I fought against it, big time!!! So, I am 30 right…and have been running away from God since then until now…but the signs were ALWAYS there: - great party life (empty) – being involved with youth in the parish (happy); - being in a relationship (incomplete) – praying and meeting Jesus in the Eucharist (fulfilled and overflowing with Love); - Having many things (pointless) – sharing what I have with others (Joy); and so on… It took me 15 years to finally have the courage to tread the path that clearly gives me peace and joy…my vocation! If any of this rings a bell, maybe… just maybe…look into it! Christ might be telling you that he also has something a bit 'out of the box' for you, and if I can do it, believe me, everyone can!

FIND OUT MORE: Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Tel: 0044 7470 386805 or FMM email: Neide’s email: Education 63

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What is central in my vocation is the surprise of God. I was brought up without any clear understanding of God or belief in a god. Subsequently the discovery of God in the world was a surprise to me: it was something amazing, and something which has led me on an unexpected journey. As an engineer to see the complexity of God’s creation made me realise we live in a world which is made to be discovered and which points us in the direction of the creator. The scientific discoveries of the last few decades have shown that the Big Bang cannot be just a coincidence, that life has a clear purpose; that there is a clear plan and design to everything. Apart from the initial discovery of a creator, the most surprising discovery for me was the fact that God cares. That He is a God who is looking out for me, a God who wants to know me. A God who wants to be part of each and everyone’s life, in whatever way our lives go. Whatever vocation you are called to, God is waiting to become part of it, each and every day.

This discovery made me decide to be baptised when I was 22 years old. During the following four years my spiritual journey brought me closer and closer to God and ultimately led me to respond to His call by leaving everything behind and following Him. To follow God as a Dominican and as a priest means to make God the absolute centre of one’s life. A life grounded in prayer and contemplation, in study and in preaching. The religious vocation is a call to give everything to God, everything that I am, and all of who I am. It is a call to trust in Him to guide me and an invitation to use whatever gifts He has given me. We are asked to step forward in trust and put out into the deep waters, not knowing what will happen. For me, the call to be a Dominican is a call to share with others the truth about God’s love for us. To share with them the great discovery I have made, in the hope that they too will experience the amazing reality of knowing God as a friend. As Dominicans, we are dedicated to the search for Truth, to the contemplation of the Truth and to the proclamation of this Truth, so that those we meet too may come to know the joy of knowing the Truth.

Fr. Luuk Jansen O.P. Vocations Director Irish Dominican Province phone: +353 87 446 5344

The ideal candidate will:

We Are Recruiting! Youth Minister at Knock Shrine The Youth Ministry at Ireland’s National Marian Shrine in Knock is a busy and dynamic centre for school retreats and summer youth programmes. Its aim is to bring young people to Knock Shrine and give them a positive experience and a powerful encounter with God. We are recruiting for a suitably qualified youth minister. Interested applicants should send a CV & Cover Letter via post to:

c/o Youth Ministry, HR Department Knock Shrine, Co Mayo or via email: short listing may apply

- Embrace the vision, beliefs, strategy, and culture of Knock Youth Ministry - Hold a degree in Theology or a relevant qualification in religious studies (Pending 2018 graduates accepted) - Have a passion for working with young people and helping them to connect with their faith and develop their prayer life - Be committed to observing child protection policy - Have the ability to plan, present and evaluate retreat days and other events/ programmes - Possess good communication and organisational skills - Engage with technology, particularly social media, to reach this generation - Experience working with young people desirable - Be energetic, organised and flexible

Applications no later than 5pm, 25th of April 2018 For more information and job description, please visit:

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Atlas of the Irish Revolution By John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy; John Borgonovo THE Atlas of the Irish Revolution draws together existing and ongoing new research into the revolutionary period in a broad ranging and inclusive manner. It includes contributions from leading scholars across a range of disciplines, incorporating the 'big issues' - such as gender, class, community, religion and ethnicity, the nature of violence, periodization and the geography of revolution while also maintaining a close focus on events as they impacted at a local level. The analysis of conditions in the provinces, counties and parishes tells the stories of particular individuals and families caught up in the events of these years. The spatial/cartographic emphasis required the production of a range of new data that is represented locally, regionally,

nationally (across the thirty-two counties) and internationally; this adds an important new dimension to our understanding of the period and to the historical geography of the revolutionary years. The Atlas also includes sections on the evolution of revolution, and on its aftermath, legacy and the collective memory and cultural representation of this fascinating, transformative period of Irish history. A chronologically and thematically organised treatment of the period forms the core of the atlas, but the political, military, social, cultural and economic roots of the revolution, as well as its short-, medium- and long-term impacts on Irish life is also analysed and mapped. Cork University Press • Around €60

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way: A Guide to its Historic Treasures

Judging Redmond and Carson

By Neil Jackman BOASTING ancient tombs, atmospheric castles and sacred retreats, the Wild Atlantic Way is alive with treasures to explore. Beginning in Kinsale, Neil Jackman guides us northwards to visit his top 100 heritage sites. From 350-million-year-old footprints on Valentia Island to vestiges of the more recent past like the cottage of 1916 revolutionary Patrick Pearse, you will discover the stories behind the dramatic scenery. Here is everything you need to know about the history of iconic landscapes like the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry, as well as lesser-known delights like the monastic site at Reask in County Kerry and the Doonfeeny Standing Stone in County Mayo. There are trips to islands like Scattery, Inishmurray and Skellig Michael. Collins Press • Around €18

JOHN Redmond and Edward Carson remain two of the biggest names in modern Irish history. At the peak of their careers as senior members of the British parliament, they were locked together in combat over Home Rule. Divided by the union with Britain, they had surprisingly much in common. Contemporaries saw them together, and routinely judged them in comparative contexts. But with the partition of Ireland and independence, they have been disconnected, viewed wholly apart, and seen in political contexts scarcely imagined by people at the time. This new volume in the ‘Judging’ series is the first dual and comparative biography of Redmond and Carson. Royal Irish Academy • Around €30

Dialann Dúradáin (Diary of a Wimpy Kid In Irish)

Ireland's Seashore: A Field Guide

BOYS don’t keep diaries—or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to. It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid gets translated into Irish, losing nothing in translation, as it is just as funny - Books Ireland. Futa Fata • Around €10

By Lucy Taylor and Emma Nickelsen

By Alvin Jackson

BEGINNING with background information on types of shore, tides, waves, coastal habitats and conservation, this accessible guide has everything you need to understand the wildlife on our coastline. A helpful identification guide uses simple questions (e.g. ‘Does it have a shell?’) to guide you to the correct section (e.g. ‘Snails, mussels and their relatives’), where you will find an introduction to the species, followed by detailed entries on the most common shoreline inhabitants: Irish and Latin names, size, distribution and memorable nuggets of information. Written by marine biologists this is a companion for a seashore ramble or field trip for a beginner or an experienced naturalist. Collins Press • Around €15 Education 65

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At Wriggle, we pull all the pieces of the puzzle together. Technology, content and pedagogy are the three essential elements required for progressive teaching and learning in the 21st Century. By providing all of the necessary tools and support for teachers and students, Wriggle guides schools along their journey to equip students with the skills and proficiencies demanded of them today.

087-6873933; Trevor Murphy Computing and Coding Teacher Training Specialist. We aid primary & post-primary schools implement and deliver computer science modules.

STAC First Aid Unit 11A Ballycummin Village, Raheen, Limerick 061-595290 Trevor Ryan Elasnik and Technology4schools work as your IT partner, keeping your systems working well, so you can concentrate on teaching and running the school. I.T Supplier to over 30 schools in Cork and County.

Cleaning Services Crystal Cleaning & Maintenance Services Ltd Dublin & Cork (01) 4578850 / (021) 438488 Mobile (087) 2896088

First Aid Training Specialists, delivering First Aid Training nationwide. Always finding solutions, first aid courses at many levels, PHECC Recognised Institute. C/O Brennan Insurances, Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6. 01-4989090 Pupil cover team. has been the market leader in the provision of School Personal Accident insurance since 1986. The combination of a dedicated underwriting / claim teams provides unrivalled service.

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CCM are top class providers of services in the Dublin & Cork areas. Services include daily school cleaning/floor polishing/carpet cleaning/Window cleaning 061-595290

Ecclesiastical, an A rated insurance specialist in schools, colleges and universities owned by a charity and supporting communities all-across Ireland.

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