Team Ireland wins gold at Worldskills Olympics

Team Ireland return home WorldSkills Champions

10 October, 2011: Team Ireland went to London to compete in WorldSkills 2011 - the largest ever international skills Competition and careers event – and return to Dublin this evening bearing three Gold Medals and five Excellence Medallions!  


Held in the Excel, London, Worldskills 2011 saw young people from 51 countries and regions compete to be the best in the world in their chosen skill.  Eleven skilled young people represented Ireland in skills ranging from aircraft maintenance, restaurant service and plastering.  The Irish team was selected from the winners of the National Skills Competition finals which were held in DIT and CIT in April.  After four intense days of competition in Worldskills 2011 in London, the world champions were announced last night.  Between them Team Ireland earned eight honours, ensuring that Ireland was placed 6th in terms of average medal points out of 51 countries competing.

The Gold Medallists from Team Ireland are:

  • Colin Callaghan, Aircraft Maintenance
  • Gary Condon, Plastering and Drywall Systems
  • Kieran Doherty, Electrical Installation

The five Team Ireland members bringing home Excellence Medallions are:

  • Paul Furlong, Automobile Technology
  • Daniel Rattigan, Plumbing and Heating
  • Vinnie Sullivan, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Clare Cullen, Beauty Therapy
  • Dermot Jewell, Restaurant Service

Also in contention, and competing strongly in their chosen skill on behalf of Team Ireland were:

  • Susan Murphy, Cooking
  • Michael Duggan, Construction Metal Work
  • Daniel Dzierzba, Industrial Control

Tom Corrigan, Dean of Craft Education at Dublin Institute of Technology, led the team and their advisors and supporters.  “I could not be more proud of the young Irish representatives at this marvelous WorldSkills event.  It is wonderful to come back with so many honours but in fact every single competitor from each of the fifty-one countries represented are already champions.  They have each been selected from amongst their peers to represent their countries on the world stage and to perform under pressure, and every one of them distinguished themselves and returns home a WorldSkills Champion.   I am looking forward to returning to Dublin this evening and to introducing the members of Team Ireland to the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn.”


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Sinéad Coyne, Public Relations Officer, DIT

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