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DIT hosts National Skills Competition

Posted: 23 June, 2016

DIT hosted National Skills Competitions in a range of skill disciplines last week, with students representing Institutes of Technology all over the country.

In addition to competing for the Minister of Education and Skills Silver Medal in their discipline, students were also hopeful of being selected to represent Ireland next year in the WorldSkills Competition which will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.    

DIT has been involved with the National Skills Competition since it began in 1958.  Many students who have done their training in DIT have won Silver Medals over those years and have gone on to represent Ireland at WorldSkills, bringing home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals each year.  Seven students from DIT were among this year’s winners of national titles, which were announced at the final presentation in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Friday 17th June.  The awards were presented by Professor Gerry Farrell, Director and Dean of the College of Engineering and Built Environment.   The winners are:                         

James Maguire, Dublin - Sheetmetal Work                                           

Catherine Wrigglesworth, Dublin - Visual Merchandising               

Florian Byrnes, Limerick -  Aircraft Maintenance                               

Eoin Shortall, Kilkenny -  Welding                                                             

Ryan Carolan,  Car Painting

Mark Boland, Auto Body Repair

Gavin Barlow, Polymechanic Automation


Other winners from other Institutes of Technology included:

Jonathan Chapman, Carlow - Bricklaying                                

Andrew Reddan. Baltray, Louth – Cookery                  

Gary Horgan, Listowel – Heavy Vehicle                                

Cian Mulligan, Rathcoole – Cabinet Making                          

Maria Pelonero, Kilkenny – Restaurant Service                


View a gallery of the winners here.