In memory of Eileen Fitzpatrick
In 2016 a painting was unveiled to hang in memory of Eileen Fitzpatrick in the new campus at Grangegorman. The late Eileen Fitzpatrick was central to the establishment of the DIT Career Development Centre and to integrating its services into student life.
Following Eileen’s untimely death in 2014, her family made a very generous bequest to the DIT Foundation to be used to support students. DIT is most grateful for this generosity and the opportunity it gives to students. Working with the Foundation, the Careers Service and the Chaplaincy, the family have agreed that the bequest will be disbursed in a number of ways that will have wide impact and immediate practical application. In memory of Eileen, these will include:
- Supporting students who have short-term financial difficulties, are affected by an accident or bereavement
- Contribution to the Student Subsistence Fund
- The Eileen Fitzpatrick Erasmus/International Exchange Bursaries which will enable students who require extra support to take advantage of an overseas study experience.
- A Welcome Fund to be used by the DIT Chaplaincy to provide additional English conversation classes to help students struggling with language as a social barrier.
At an informal event at DIT Grangegorman to unveil the painting Head of the Careers Development Centre, Dave Kilmartin paid tribute to the ethos with which she had imbued the service that he and his colleagues provide to students now. He commented that her concern was never on the preparation of a CV but on preparing students for a life. Dave was joined by Peter Lewis, Carole Kelehan, Christiane Brennan, Susan Russell and Sarah Brown in paying tribute to their former colleague and mentor.
Eileen’s husband Stephen said he particularly appreciated that Eileen’s memory was not only being honoured by the beautiful painting which he helped to unveil, but also by the continuation of her work in supporting students so that they can be prepared to live a fulfilling life.
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