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DkIT Students Announced as All-Ireland Winners at Ireland Skills Live 2019

Posted on April 4, 2019

DkIT Apprenticeship students Declan Moore and Mark Wasson have been announced as All-Ireland winners at Ireland Skills Live 2019, which took part in the RDS, Dublin, 21st to 23rd March. Both Declan and Mark were awarded silver medals in the Automobile Technology and Joinery categories respectively.

Under the guidance of lecturers from both the Department of Engineering, Trades and Civil Engineering, as well as the Department of Hospitality Studies at DkIT, Declan and Mark joined fellow students Denis Gifford, Gavin Foran and Dearbhla Moriarty to represent the institute at the three day event, completing a series of competitive modules that put their skills to the test.

Speaking about the competition, Automobile Technology winner Declan Moore commented:

“Each task involved fault finding, examining the task, including measurements, repair and writing reports, all within a time limit.

It was a once in a lifetime chance to take part and to take first place was like nothing else I could have imagined. I’m thankful to have been given the opportunity to be there!”

DkIT lecturers also took part in the event as examiners across a range of different areas, including Cathal Bannon, Examiner in the Joinery category; Emer McGrath, Examiner in the Electrical category; Paddy Carroll, Examiner in the Plumbing category and Anthony Hoey, Examiner in the Automobile Technology category.

Speaking about the awards, Dr Tom Dooley, Head of the School of Engineering at DkIT commented:

“Congratulations to Declan Moore (Automobile Technology) and Mark Wasson (Joinery) on their excellent achievement at an all-Ireland level and to all the other DkIT students who took part. Participation and student success at this level is only possible with hard work and dedication to their craft, as well as the excellent tuition and support which our Phase 4 and Phase 6 apprentices receive from all lecturing, technical and administrative staff here in the School of Engineering.”

This success at Ireland Skills Live 2019 is even further recognition of the standard of students who study at DkIT.

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