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CIT Students’ Union Magazine Volume Twenty One, Issue 3








& Body 5-7 Nov 2019


• Positive Mind & Body 2019 Timetable • The Latest Sports & Societies News • Great Competitions - Hard Cash On Offer! and much more...

Your Union Your Voice

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Business & Science Ball 2019



14 LIVE CIT, LOVE SOCIETIES Volunteer Abroad Info Evening

15 ENACTUS WORLD CUP Report from California

16 LIVE CIT, LOVE SPORTS Roundup of recent events


Timetable of events



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Last issue winners: Suduko: Andrew Corkery, BIS YZ Quiz; Clodagh Keane, BBus Yr 3 Crossword: Clodagh Herlihy, ECEC Yr 3 National Startup Award Winners 2019 3rd Level Spinout Category Gold Award StrydeTech - CIT represented at the awards by Muireann Hickey (StrydeTech Team Leader and Manager) and Jonathan Mullane (StrydeTech Technological Design Specialist and Commercial Advancement)

National Start Up Award recipients (Left to Right) Paul Glavin - MD Glavloc, Jim Morgan - Lab Technician CIT, Andrew Macilwraith – Visiting Lecturer CIT, Aisling Barry – Glavloc, Gary O’Sullivan – NSAI, and Des Walsh – Head of Civil, Structural, & Environmental Engineering CIT.

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As part of S.H.A.G.* Week, CIT SU facilitated a Tea Consent Party on Wednesday 2nd of October in the Main Corridor. Run in conjunction with Safe City and The Sexual Violence Centre under the campaign name: Ask Consent. This event attracted great engagement with Ger Kiely, of Safe City attending, as did Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin of An Garda Siochána and Stevie G of RedFm who narrated.


We are aware of the ridiculous heat inside the 1974 building; we have raised this issue with the appropriate people within the college. We have received a mandate from Class Reps at union council to take whatever action needed to get the current heating situation to an appropriate level. We will keep you updated as to how our talks with management progresses.


Aaron has been attending weekly meetings with the MTU project sponsors, discussing the upcoming merger with IT Tralee. Aaron is stressing the importance that students are at the forefront of the newly formed entity. He has asked the MTU project team to organise “town hall” style meetings to keep the students of CIT consulted on the process. He has been asking for this consultation to take place for the past eight and a half months, but still there has been little effort made by the college to properly consult students.


Sexual Health and Guidance Week took place between the 1st and 3rd of October where all workshops and stands attracted great engagement. On the 4th October we had a workshop and stand in CIT CCAD where there was also strong engagement from students. Our Sexual Health and Guidance workshop will be visiting CSM and NMCI in the month of November so watch our social medias.


One of the biggest highlights was the #AskConsent Campaign which we ran in conjunction with Safe City Cork and Sexual Violence Centre Cork. This Campaign was run as a Tea Consent Party with the analogy that consent is as simple as tea. Great to see so much staff and senior management along with students engage in this. Special thanks to Stevie G of Red FM who was the narrator and also to CIT Students Services Company who sponsored the Tea and Coffee. So all round this was a great campaign and we look forward to your continued support and engagement with the rest of our campaigns.


October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and CIT wanted to contribute our bit. Sincerest thanks to CIT Cancer Society and the Batchelor of Business in Marketing students who organised and promoted

the event in conjunction with us. This was a great success raising €637.37 in the Bishopstown Campus and a further €169 in NMCI Ringaskiddy. This brings us up to a total of €806.37. The CIT Cancer Society continued fundraising by running the cloakroom at the Business and Science Ball and raised €526 which they plan to contribute to the CIT Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The great work of this campaign equals a sum total of €1,332 being donated to Irish Cancer Society from CIT.

UPCOMING EVENTS 5th to 7th November Positive Mind and Body. 19th November Mens International Day. Yours sincerely, YOUR SU Executive

“Student Health Matters”

The ‘Student Health Matters’ App is available for iPhone and android and is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. The interactive eBook is available to access from the ISHA website and CIT health centre webpage. Search ‘Student Health Matters’.

App and Interactive Health Guide

The Irish Student Health Association (ISHA) has announced all third level students may access a new ‘Student Health Matters’ App and Interactive eBook that provides students with access to reliable and relevant health information in one place, at the touch of a button. The “Student Health Matters” new App and Interactive Health Guide provides students with easy access to information on how to stay healthy during their college years and where to get support when they need it. The content, based on Irish healthcare information and services, was created by a team of health professionals at ISHA and Expert Self Care Ltd, a specialist mobile health information app developer. The Student Health Matters App and Interactive eBook was developed because many students struggle with looking after their health. Rather than googling their health questions, which can be unreliable and confusing, students can now access trusted health information and links to many useful websites in seconds. The ISHA App and eBook provides: links to the HSE database of over 600 medical conditions and treatments and covers topics including; Healthy diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol, drugs, your mental health, sexual health common illnesses, health topics A-Z, head injury and concussion, vaccinations, the importance of sleep, first aid box and information and links on where to get medical help and advice; and contact details for health and medical services available at College Health Centres. The Irish student population continues to grow year-on-year and with it, the demand for student health services in third-level education. There were 231,710 students in third-level education in Ireland in 2018. The ISHA App and eBook will complement the existing services provided by healthcare professionals on campuses across the country.

STUDENT HEALTH MATTERS The College Students Health Guide Irish Student Health Association (ISHA) All the hyperlinks in this eBook are active. Click on the links for further information.

Student Health Matters


The Medical Centre is situated at The Student Centre, Bishopstown Campus. Available to all of our full-time students including those in the CIT Cork School of Music, the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and the National Maritime College of Ireland. Open to students during term time and provide a comprehensive range of services suitable for students’ needs. Tel: 021 4335780 Email:



Wed 20 Nov 8.30 - 9.30am Venue:

Tickets available in advance

Lots of raffle and spot prizes!

West Atrium

IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW OUR PRESIDENTS, YOU AIN’T SEEN ‘MUFFIN’ YET! In aid of: Cork Life Centre and Cork Stand Together (CIT student-led Homeless charity) Your Union Your Voice


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Business & Science Bal 2019

One hundred and twenty students and staff sat for the 4 course meal at The Creepy CarnEvil themed event which had popcorn, candy floss and balloon making for all the enjoy. A further 750 students joined us for the afters event. The Silent Disco on the top floor was a novel experience to dance and listen to music. The 8 piece live jazz band, Ocean’s 8, were a great hit. DJ Aaron Stanton kept the atmosphere going late into the night. The CIT Cancer Society students ran the cloakroom and raised €526 which they plan to contribute to the CIT Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The proceeds of the student ball events help finance the CIT Volunteer Abroad programme which will be open for application from mid November. We look forward to the CIT Engineering & Humanities ball in Semester 2 which will be held on the 12th March 2020.




Abi Whelan is a 21-year-old third year student at Cork Institute of Technology. She is currently studying International Business and Marketing and is passionate about all things business. Abi is currently working on her business A&W Cosmetics. Here is Abi’s story… Entrepreneurship means different things to everyone. For Abi, entrepreneurship means being a leader, so having an idea and actually implementing it into a business, being creative, taking risks and not caring about the risks and what effects they have on you. Abi felt entrepreneurship was always in her. She felt she always had some of the traits but when she got to her second year in college, she came up with a business idea. Abi suffers with two skin conditions, psoriasis and eczema. She always found it hard to find cosmetics to suit her skin. One day, she was so frustrated with the lack of products available that were suitable for the skin conditions, she started creating products herself that actually suit and prevent the skin conditions. Abi knew she was onto a winning formula so she then applied to the Student Incubation Programme. Known as Student Inc. it is a programme set up to encourage student entrepreneurs to develop their business in CIT. Here she got the chance to pitch her idea to the Rubicon team and they gave her a place on the programme. For the summer months, Abi had access to a desk, numerous business start-up workshops and funding for her business. Abis business has been gaining momentum since. Most people think you have to be creative to start a business, which is not the case for Abi. Abi never really thought she was

creative up until she started her business. When that kicked off, she tried to think outside the box and be creative in her ideas to be different. Abi thinks that if you have a good idea that could work, then run with it, the rest will follow. CIT has numerous supports for students interested in entrepreneurship. Abi said, “In college, we would get emails informing us about mentorship programmes or any supports available for students interested in entrepreneurship. We also do a CIT module called creativity, innovation and teamwork in first year of college so that gets students thinking and developing good ideas at an early stage”. For anyone interested in entrepreneurship or would like to start up their own business, Abi has some great advice. Abi said the best advice she could give is “Just go for it. If you have an idea, you should just not care about what anyone else thinks especially if it is what your head is telling you. We are all dreamers, we all have ideas in our head but it is the ones that actually go for it, end up happy in the end”. We all have a purpose in life. The Japanese call it Ikigai. Abi was lucky to find her purpose and make a business out of it. What is your Ikigai? What are you here to do because the best entrepreneurs in the world understand what their purpose in life is and work on it every day. It gets you up in the morning and motivates you every day! Finding your purpose in life leads to happiness. For anyone interested in learning more about Abi’s business, check out her Instagram: abisantics. Here you will find content on products, food, makeup and much more.

Commpiled by: MaryRose Shanahan - Enterprise Intern. Email: Web:

If Entrepreneurship and Innovation is something that you are interested in, make sure to visit to avail of the all supports in place to make your idea a reality. You will also find application details for Student Inc. and Prize for Innovation

DePuy Scholarships winners

DePuy Synthes Biomedical Engineering Scholarship winner:  Alan O’Connor from Boherbue Comprehensive School DePuy Synthes Mechanical Engineering Scholarship winner:  David Orr from Carrigaline Community School  

Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering

Women in STEM – CIT Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering current students and former DePuy Synthes scholarship winners, Hannah Ahern, Eveleen Clancy, Elaina Norris & Orlaith McGowan.


‘My Other Life’ Special screening of an RTE documentary about mental health in Ireland

Weds 6th Nov at 1pm, Rory Gallagher Theatre

"Together we can break down the walls of silence surrounding mental health”


‘My Other Life’ a documentary focusing on the mental health of young people in Ireland, encourages young people to speak up, share their personal story and reduce stigma on mental health on both a local and national level. You have another chance to see it during CIT SU Positive Mind & Body Campaign 2019. The film which involved many hours of planning thought, filming and editing by the team over three years was well-taught out and produced in the hopes of creating a wave of change for Mental Health services in Ireland, influencing young people to openly discuss any difficulties with their mental health and identify the stigma faced by teenagers and students in today’s society. The idea of having the stories being told from young people themselves helped to create the bond with other young people. Having a well-known face like Doug Leddin has helped to invite change and progress and invite young people to look at the positives in taking the first step in the recovery process of change; talking to someone they trust. We all have mental health, both good and bad which peaks throughout our lifetime depending on the person's life stage and circumstance. Talking about a problem with a trusted friend or family member can cut the problem in half.


Tues 5th Nov Common Room Weds 6th Nov Rory Gallagher Theatre

‘My Other Life’

Acoustic Band 1 to 2pm


Mental Health documentary and Q&A 12 to 2pm





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Thurs 7th Nov - Common Room - 1 to 2pm STANDS IN MAIN CORRIDOR TUESDAY TO THURSDAY

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PART 1 Last year as part of the Gay Projects' Drag Extravaganza event for Cork City Culture Night, CIT LGBT* Society created an exhibition on the history of Drag in Cork. The Dragging Up The Past: Cork Drag Timeline included artworks created by UP Cork LGBT+ Youth Group, video footage, costumes and an exhibition showcasing the history of drag culture in Cork from the 1940's to present. The information featured was researched online and through stories shared by some of Corks very own drag queens. The exhibition was recently funded by CIT Societies and Chambers Bar to be printed on roller banners so this rich history can be shared with everyone. It will soon be displayed at various LGBT+ events and historical events around Ireland. But over the next two Explicit issues we will share as sneak peek of some this historical content with you in a two part feature. To see the exhibition in full join CIT LGBT* and CIT Music Society for CIT Drag Race 2019 in Chambers Bar, Washington Street where all funds will be going to the Irish Cancer Society.

1940's - 2006 DANNY LA RUE Born in Cork in 1927. Danny moved to UK at 9 years of age. Â He first donned his wig and eyelashes during a naval concert party, having been sent to Singapore as part of Lord Mountbatten's invasion task force towards the end of World War II. La Rue was snapped up as a West End cabaret star at London's Churchill's nightclub, followed by Winston's Club, where he starred alongside Barbara Windsor. As La Rue's name became bigger than that of his venues, he opened his own nightclub in Hanover Square in 1964. The venture was a huge success, attracting more than 13,000 members, and shooting La Rue to fame. Celebrities Judy Garland, Warren Beatty, Shirley Bassey, Noel Coward, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Dame Elizabeth Taylor were all patrons. Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon also enjoyed nights out there.

La Rue made theatrical history by being the first man to play a female role in a major musical when he took on the part of Dolly in Hello Dolly! And preferred the term "comic in a frock", rather than "drag artiste". Â During the 1960s and '70s, he was one of the highest-paid performers on British television.


In 1969, he became the first drag act to appear in the Royal Variety Performance, performing before the Queen. He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to charity and entertainment.

“In 1984, he revisited his roots during an emotional return to his old Cork home. During the same visit, he packed the Opera House for a number of shows. His last performance in Cork was in 2005 when he played the Everyman Palace Theatre for a week during the Capital of Culture celebrations. The theatre’s then director, Pat Talbot, remembered him as a consummate performer. “The man was a legend... a personal friend of Judy Garland and her daughter, Liza Minnelli, as well as of Princess Diana. He was very humbled to be invited to the Everyman... he made time for everyone.”   - Irish Examiner, July 26, 2017 He passed away in June 2009.


Born in 1998 for the UCC Rag Ball, her first time performing in drag was in 1999 in Waterford IT for a table quiz, where she convinced the organisers that she had tons of experience performing. After this Fabula began to gig in around the Ireland, performing in Cork, Limerick, Dublin and Galway. In Cork she began performing in The Other Place night club, Taboo, Savoy and the Half Moon Club with other drag acts like ‘Mystic Meg’ and ‘Barbara Dior’.

Fabula recalls that she was asked to perform in the Half Moon Club (Cork Opera House) as for the bar to be opened, there needed to be some form of live performance going on. So, DJ KenD and the organisers reached out to drag acts to take to the stage. At the same time, she was hosting Karaoke nights in Taboo (gay pub which was located where Opera Lane now is) and selling Tarot Readings, sweets and lingerie outside the toilets in Club One (Now Crane Lane). Following this Fabula became one of the resident queens in Instinct (English Market) for 2 years where she performed on weeknights In 2002 Fabula Di Beaumarchais was the first drag act to be crown Alternative Miss Cork. Having closed for a period Taboo reopened with the exciting new name, ‘Boo’ where she then went back to perform for 7 or 8 months before it reclosed. Instinct relocated to Sullivan’s Quay where she began performing and hosting regularly for Karaoke and Pride events. She was then booked for a gig in the Blackbox Theatre in Dublin which is where she met her drag partner in crime, Kitty Cartier. It was on the drive to and from Galway that their friendship would be born, and they still perform together to this day.


In recent years Fabula does drag for a lot of corporate events, special occasions, Funk ‘N’ Something events and even performed in the Spiegel tent with Kitty and a band as their own act.



Flynner’s Flying Column By James Flynn

Last year, I wrote about the 10 causes of evil, stating that the biggest cause of such is the drive for money to satisfy our own human needs, wants and desires. And I brought into all this The Simpsons Season 9 Episode: ‘Trash Of The Titans’ (in which U2 guest star), which discusses the issue of our attitude to the environment to underline all this. Probably the darkest episode of Matt Groening’s masterpiece I ever watched while the show was still funny. That was 1998. 21 years later, the situation regarding combating global warming, pollution and the destruction of our precious environment has gone from bad to a damn-pressing worse. We have the United States constantly renegade on all climate pacts, especially with the Donald Trump administration in power. We have the hypocrisy of the EU where they are the leaders of such climate pacts for sheer vogue, while showing their double standards by signing the controversial MERCOSUR deal with Latin America, leading to Brazil gaining something of a carte blanche to decimate the Amazon Rainforest and imperil the Ozone Layer... and sudden;y the EU rush to white wash their grubby hands of all this. We have the consequence of the polar ice caps melting at an alarming rate – sure Santa Claus may have to relocate his operations within a few years, if this continues. We have humanity drive and strive on for material wealth and prosperity to satisfy want and need, placing massive demand on the resources of our world, and this can be seen from the amount of fuel burned on our highways and air corridors every day to the amount of material consumption we carry out, most of it involving plastic and other synthetic materials. And while there are recycling centres across the country to deal with what can be recycled,

WOTS DA CIT-UATION DERE? Charli XCX recently released a hit song ‘1999’, singing about how she would like to go back to them good aul days. Her video paid homage to all those things then (though not all of them were precisely 1999), but I am gonna take ye back to something that was not covered in the video, and Enter: Sexy Hurling. And OH!-to-be-a-REBEL! Right Time, Right matters. Cork Senior Hurling that year had the Legend that was Jimmy Barry Murphy as Head Coach, and in a squad with Diarmuid The Rock, Donal Og, Wayne Sherlock, Deano & Brian Corcoran (my fave!), the poster boy was Sean Og O hAilpin – of Irish-Fiji descent, his sexy-superstar looks and his legendary yet committed sporting ethic (alongside for sometime, his brothers Setanta, Teu and Aisake) commended everyone in Cork, a county at the time was never having it so good with boom-time prosperity. September 1999, and Cork faced Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final. Da Young Flynner donned his Cork jersey, hit Don’s Bar Macroom (a then newly-opened former premises) and the pub was packed by 1:30 as closing time for the “Sunday Holy Hour” was 2-4pm, but that was what made the moment all the more fun with drinks being served behind closed doors! Especially with limited match tickets as Croke Park was being refurbished. But after a close game, the Rebels won 0-13 to 0-12, and as the doors opened again at 4, every

HAPPY DAYS... Jennifer Zamperelli on RTE 2FM;

her humorous yet human-touch talk show is the breath of fresh air that was badly needed to liven up the morning rounds! More power to ya Jen!


... EU President Ursula von der Leyen’s proposing a “Commission to Preserve the European Way Of Life”? What gives? Do we not need more excuses for populism? Bart Simpson would do better as his sister Lisa’s Secretary for “Keeping It Real” in her future US Presidency!


you have to wonder, as the amount of plastic that is ending up in the ocean is demonstrating via the growing numbers of marine life that are washing up dead from swallowing such waste, adding to the shrinking number of species in this planet that are endangered from their habitats being destroyed, from the Polar Bear to the Curlew (only 135 of these wonderful and once plentiful birds in this country). And ordinary people do not seem to care when you look at the amount of illegal dumping out the country or how they leave their stations and areas of residence in a state that leaves much to be desired (e.g. weekend nights), as long as they get their commodities of mass consumption to keep them satisfied; no wonder our global corporations can get away with levelling Indonesian rainforests and endanger the Orangutan population so humanity can have their palm oil for their food, or send supertrawlers in to empty the seas of their cod. Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has hit the nail on the head by calling for inter-government action against the destruction of the global environment at the UN Climate Summits this year. But what she was also calling for was to humanity to put their differences aside and come together in total consensus in agreement and determination as the first step to save our planet. Let us hope it is not too late and this inspiring girl and her blunt, straight-talking manner will be the turning point. But how can CIT play their part, beyond keeping our rooms and facilities clean, AND using the bins provided? And giving the successful CIT Environmental Society higher priority all around for greater awareness to be developed across the Institute, and beyond? Let us act now – for all our futures. one spilled out on the street! And after a quick salad roll, it was the pub for the evening, and down with the pals to O’Riada’s nightclub, where the young and rising DJ-MC Anthony Fleming belted out the tunes until 2am! Back then, no worries given about having to face Monday Morning; what a time to be young! And into the city to welcome the heroes home on Grand Parade! Of course two weeks later, it was heartbreak, as Meath ruined Cork’s hopes of adding Sam Maguire to Liam McCarthy and ending the 90’s for Cork the way they started – with a Double. The goodwill was such that even Cork City FC rescheduled their league game against St Pats for their fans to watch the Hurling! Of course times changed as Sexy Hurling stamped Cork on the map. ‘Holy Hour’ was abolished in 2000, Cork GAA got more “Trade Unionised” from 2002, Croke Park completed its refurbishment meaning more tickets for all in 2003 and I would hit a pitch invasion there myself as Cork again beat the Cats to Liam in 2004, Kilkenny challenging The Rebels throughout the decade alongside great Munster rivals Waterford as the economy changed for better and worse. The players, Sean Og included, would all retire, and O’Riadas would close in 2019 with my pals having long moved on with marriage and responsibilities. But these were great memories, and Sexy Hurling’s legacy continues to this day as the Cork Hurlers continue to commend its fans more than any other sport in the county – Oh-To-Be-A Rebel indeed!

The Monthly Round

... The Wonkey Donkey Comedy Club, The Mardyke, Cork! 021-4273000. Co-founded by comedy legend and DJ Ross Browne, the perfect place to laugh off the November Blues! Pre-order a sumptious meal to get best value just before a wide range of comedians. Afterwards, hit Costigans Bar (021 4273350) for a few Chieftains on No 11 Washington Street nearby (I do not apologise for my bevvy bias!), for the ideal atmosphere to wind you down with the right crowds as you ponder Christmas on the way! Some good bands too!

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Interested in the paths that current students and soon to be graduates are taking? The CIT Alumni Office offers you that opportunity. Check out some of these profiles and get a taste for how successful you could become after your chosen course at CIT... SHANE O’FARRELL


“I studied chemical and Biopharmaceutical engineering at CIT from 2013 to 2017. The class size in the course was small compared to other courses/colleges which meant that it was easier to interact with lecturers and ask questions. The course gives excellent opportunities in the pharma industry which is prevalent in Munster, particularly, Cork. I am currently working at Pfizer in Ringaskiddy along with other classmates. College is all what you make of it and enjoy yourself as much as you can, it will all work out in the end!” LinkedIn:

James Graduated Mechanical Engineering from CIT in 2014 where he won Engineers Ireland “Innovative Engineer of the year” and was placed in the James Dyson Awards for his final year project. After graduation he worked for Enterprise Ireland developing novel medical devices in DCU for over a year before joining Jacobs Engineering Design Health Safety and Environmental department. Over the last four years James has led Design Safety for a number of large scale multi-million euro projects and small site development projects. LinkedIn:

“he CIT Alumni Office develops and supports alumni relations at CIT through a number of initiatives. The office encourages links between CIT and its graduates and supports the ever-growing CIT Alumni community. The community proudly has over 30,000 members.


LIVE CIT, LOVE SOCIETIES For full list of societies go to

Information Evening for CIT Students who wish to Volunteer Abroad Wednesday 13th November 5.30 – 7pm Meeting Room 1, Student Centre Why attend the information evening? • Gain an insight into what volunteering abroad is really like. • Get tips on how to complete the application form. • Ask questions directly to previous volunteers. • Pick up a copy of the application form.

CIT provides financial support to students who wish to undertake a Volunteer Abroad Programme. The CIT Volunteer Abroad offers two types of supports...

• Scholarships • Bursaries

A scholarship covers the cost of a 4 week volunteer programme and flights. You must identify a volunteer programme from one of three organisations.

• EIL Explore • SERVE • The Hope Foundation

Candidates can select any programme of their choosing, it must be for a minimum of four weeks. EIL Explore programme is eight weeks in duration. A bursary is a contribution towards the cost of your volunteer programme. In previous years this has ranged from €500 to €750 per successful candidate. You can volunteer with any organisation of your choosing. If you have not yet

chosen the organisation you wish to volunteer with a good point to start your search is The programme is open to application for any full time registered CIT student, including Solas and Springboard. Come along to the Information evening to hear more about the programme and how you can apply. • Deadline for Scholarship Applications is December 9th. • Deadline for Bursary Applications is February 2020

Glór is a student choir based in CIT Cork School of Music. Our aim is to bring together students across the campuses and share musical experiences. Competitions and performance are ways we wish to grow as a choir and therefore look for members with a love for choral music and a willingness to learn. Choral singing has many benefits relating to mental wellness and focus as well as for furthering musicianship skills such as sight singing and singing in a group. It is also an opportunity to meet new people, as well as to relax and enjoy choral music. We promise to explore a variety of repertoire ranging from Renaissance music to contemporary including genres of classical, folk, jazz and pop. Our rehearsals run weekly on a Thursday from 17:00 until 18:30 in room 213 in CIT CSM, Union Quay. If you are interested in learning more, email We love choirs, join us. 14


Hello, our names are Thomas Ariyibi of 1st year Computer Systems and Tan Yi Xiang of 2nd year Sustainable Energy Engineering. From the 16th -18th of September, we got the chance to represent CIT & Team Ireland at the Enactus World Cup in the San Jose Convention Centre in Silicon Valley, California. Before we dive deeper into our Enactus World Cup experience, we would like to explain what Enactus is itself.

Enactus is a global, non-profit, social entrepreneurship organisation with a community of students, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Every year, Enactus teams from each college institution showcases their projects and compete amongst each other at the Enactus Ireland National Competition. The winning team gets to represent Team Ireland at the World Cup. In addition, two members from each team get the opportunity to win a €500 bursary from KPMG Ireland to participate in the Enactus World Cup. The Enactus World Cup is a three day event where 36 countries compete amongst each other to showcase the best social entrepreneurship projects from around the world. In addition, they are able to show their countries unique culture to the world. On day one, we participated in the “Intuit Global Innovation Challenge”, where we used the “Design for Delight Method” to develop a business idea within the span of 4 hours. Our business idea was then presented to business judges from well known companies around the world. During the evening, the culture fair was held, where each country had their own stand to promote their own country’s culture. As part of the Irish delegation, we helped set up the Irish stand and promote Irish culture to other Enactus students. It was a fantastic event where we managed to meet different people and learn different cultures from around the world.

On day 2 and 3, the competitions were underway. Team Ireland, which was represented by Enactus Trinity College Dublin (TCD), presented Project Hope, which empowers homeless people to develop the necessary skills to allow them to transition out of homelessness and earn a wage while doing so. They have also presented Keep Appy, an app that puts wellness into people’s pockets everywhere. It is a wellness toolkit, comprising of ten features that feed into three primary mechanisms: mental unwellness prevention, mental maintenance and growth towards a wellnessoriented lifestyle, and access to emergency care through their geo-specific partnered helplines. Team Ireland managed to make it to the semifinals. The final consists of teams from Germany, USA, Canada and Egypt. This year champions, Cairo University, presented project Rosie, which develops high-quality organic sanitary pad at an affordable cost which empowers women in rural Egypt. They were awarded $50,000 as prize money. Overall, this opportunity was an amazing experience in which we have created many fond memories and friends from all over the world. We have also gained a deeper and better insight into social entrepreneurship and developed our skills to be better team players and leaders. Furthermore, we got the opportunity to network with business executives from prestigious and well known multinational companies such as Coca Cola, Unilever, Intuit and KPMG. From this trip, we aim to bring our experience and knowledge to further improve Enactus CIT and build awareness on social entrepreneurship on campus. We would like to thank Enactus CIT, Enactus Ireland, KPMG Ireland, the Hincks Centre of Entrepreneurship Excellence, CIT Societies Office and CIT Student Union for this fantastic once in a lifetime opportunity to represent CIT on an international level.

Last month, CIT Environmental and Energy Society and CIT Enactus collaborated to run a “climate solutions” competition. The deserving winners were Melvin Sunny and Jerling Ghandhi Their  idea is to collect pizza boxes which are compostable and can be used to add nutrients to a garden - as part of this they plan to add ‘pizza box bins’ around the campus. The prize was sponsored by the Students’ Union


LIVE CIT, LOVE SPORTS by Miriam Deasy, Sports Officer

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Sports Round-up


The eighth annual “Rebel Run” attracted huge numbers of enthusiastic participants to the CIT campus over the weekend of 18-20th of October! The event was sold out well in advance of race day on Sunday. From Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and into Sunday morning, participants arrived to the CIT track to collect their goody bags, t-shirts and race numbers. This years event attracted its largest numbers to date with 1,100 participants in the 5k and 10k runs as well as further enthusiastic and inspiring participants from The Down Syndrome Centre Cork in the Run a Mile Challenge. This mass participation event continues as being very much an “event for all”. There were those who took it all in their stride & made it look effortless, to those who crossed the finish line with joyous scenes having battled their own challenges to complete the course, there were first timers as well as a granny who swore “never again!”, there were couch to 5k participants, recreational runners, seasoned runners, competitive runners, a wheelchair athlete, all ages & fitness levels! All with the common attitude of “sure what better way to spend a Sunday morning!” Inspirational scenes. The memory of our former colleague in CIT Sports & Cork Sports Partnership was fondly remembered and kept alive, with the Eithne Lydon-Hammond Prize for Participation. Well done to all and if aiming for this event next year make sure to register early! In order to gain valuable experience of hosting an event make sure Amy & CIT Taekwondo coach to volunteer for next years Joshua Byrne event, it’s a great buzz!


Congratulations to Biological Science 1 student Amy Sullivan from Carrigaline for winning silver in sparring at the UK National Taekwondo Championships at the weekend! Here’s hoping for lots more enjoyment and success during her time in CIT. Amy has also come on board as a CIT “20 x 20” student champion & what a terrific example she is!

“20 X 20”

On Friday 11th of October, CIT signed up to become a member of the first national women in sport initiative in third level. The “20 x 20” is a national movement to create a real and tangible shift in Irish society so that women and girls in sport are seen as valuable and worth celebrating. 20x20 is excited to partner with Student Sport Ireland and the third level institutions across Ireland to champion women and girls


in sport, and encourage more girls and women to get involved in sport and physical activity. Thankfully the response in CIT has been very positive and enthusiastic from both staff and students. Amongst those that attended the official signing included Dr Barry O’ Connor, Aine Ni She, Dan Collins, as well as Students’ Union members Aaron Buckley, Aisling O’Mahony and Cian O’Driscoll. Tenty two female athletes from across our broad spectrum of sports have enthusiastically come on board as student champions. This promises to be an exciting and beneficial initiative and I welcome and encourage students and staff alike to lend their support and get involved by organising an event, getting out and supporting events, sharing events on social media etc. Remember “if she can’t see it, she can’t be it” and everyone of us has a role to play. Check out CIT Sports Facebook page for more “20 x 20” student champion profiles.


Congratulations to Jerry Cronin (Auto Tech Management 3) from Rathmore, Luke O’Donnell (Accounting 4) from Mallow and James O’Shea (Construction 2) from Ovens who played on the Irish National Australian Rules Football Team, The Irish Warriors. The team took part in the AFL European Championships in London from 9- 12th of October. This tournament takes place every three years and as well as crowning the best in Europe, it is also a qualifying and ranking tournament for the AFL International Cup-the World Cup of Australian Rules Football, which takes place in August 2020 in Melbourne. Jerry, Luke and James selection was just reward for their consistent and impressive displays with the CIT AFL Club- winners of the Cork Colleges Cup & Irish Universities Cup 2018/19. CIT graduates and CIT AFL Club members last year, Eoin O Sullivan (Agriculture) and Paul Murphy (Accounting) were also selected on the team. While Head Coach, Brian Currane is also a CIT graduate. While the Irish team didn’t win, they competed admirably, and the experience will certainly stand to our CIT players.

Jerry & Luke

POWERLIFTERS EXCEL IN CANADA It’s fair to say that the long trip to Calgary in Canada for the World Powerlifting Championships was certainly a worthwhile and fruitful one for CIT Powerlifting Club members Ryan Broderick (Nutrition & Health Science 3) from Midelton and William O’Donohoe (NutriRyan and Will tion & Health Science 2) from Thurles. William remarkably secured third place in the 69kg Junior Male division and Ryan placed second in the Junior Male 105kg category. CIT graduate Rachel O Mahony who took up powerlifting on her arrival in CIT and whom won numerous honours during her four years studying has continued her winning streak. Rachel placed third in the 64kg Junior Women and broke the total Irish national record at 308kg. As if all that wasn’t enough Rachel also passed her level 1 World Powerlifting Referees exam over the weekend. Ryan, William and Rachel were delighted with their performances and I have no doubt they will pass on their knowledge and experiences to their fellow club members in CIT. Each student is a terrific example to their peers and excellent ambassadors for CIT. This is also an excellent example of how participating for CIT can be a stepping stone to achieving on the world stage. I have no doubt that we will be hearing more from these young athletes in the not too distant future, but for now we extend a heart felt well done on their marvellous achievements and representing CIT and Ireland with pride on the world stage.


To your credit, a great number of staff & students include a walk as part of your daily schedule, well done! With the changeable weather we’re anxious to keep you guys on track! So please note that the indoor track is open each day Monday to Friday from 1-2pm. The indoor track is located under the track stand, access will be via the side door facing towards Leisureworld. The surrounds won’t be as pleasant as along the Curaheen river but you’ll be sheltered from the elements, so enjoy!

20 x 20 Student Champion Profile Name: Michelle Barry

Course: Business Studies 4 Club: CIT Hockey

Levels played at: Club, provincial and country

Highest achievement to date: Winning the Irish Senior Cup in May 2019. Also captained Irish U21 for their Europeans in July 2019

Your experience of sport in CIT: I have had a very positive experience in sport in CIT. I have met loads of people and made a lot of new friends from participating in CIT hockey. It’s great to get the extra sessions to help improve my hockey. Having the gym to use also helps to benefit me and help me to improve. I am looking forward to another great year ahead

Why did you agree to become a CIT 20 x 20 Student Champion: I agreed to become a CIT 20 x 20 student champion to help young girls to achieve their ambitions in sport Words of advice: Love what you do and do what you love. No one ever remembers the one that gave up.

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