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David proves he’s got world class skills

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By Michelle Crean

It was a major moment for one young Kilcummin man when he received a medal at the Worldskills Ireland event.

David Gleeson from Ballinamanagh was presented with the accolade after coming in first place in the plumbing and heating category at the Worldskills Ireland 2021 construction championship.

The 2021 final was held in March, delayed due to COVID, and David finally got his hands on his well deserved medal at the Dublin event two weeks ago.

Pat O'Riordan, Head of Plumbing in MTU, encouraged David to enter the competition. Unfortunately due to COVID the opportunity to go on to represent Ireland in Shanghai didn’t come to pass, however he may avail of an opportunity to represent Ireland at the 47th World Skills competition in Lyon in September 2024.

David entered the apprenticeship programme when he finished secondary school and would highly recommend it to young people thinking of a practical career choice.

He said the best thing about working as a tradesperson is the variety of the work, saying every day is different as you’re always learning and always earning.

"It’s a great career path for the people who like to work with their hands, you learn and upskill over the four year course!"

David is very focused and determined in his work. He would like to give a special mention to Shannon ETB, Cork CIT and his employers Donie and Stephen Broderick.

"I’m thrilled to win the competition," he told the Killarney Advertiser.

"I’m proud to be able to put what I learned on show and work with my hands to create something capable of winning first place. I went through two qualifiers to get to the final and they were mini pipe bending, welding and fitting projects and then I did the final and it was all copper bending techniques and you had to be fairly accurate! It was a challenge coming up against other plumbers from all around Ireland."

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Country Queen Cliona Hagan to play Sneem Hotel

Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May […]

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Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 PM.

Known for her powerful vocals, captivating stage presence, and chart-topping hits, Cliona Hagan promises to deliver a memorable performance that will have the audience on their feet and singing along all night long.
The concert, set against the stunning backdrop of Golden’s Cove at the Sneem Hotel, promises to be an unforgettable experience for country music fans of all ages. From heartfelt ballads to lively toe-tappers, Cliona Hagan’s versatile repertoire ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets for the concert are priced at €25 and can be purchased at the door on the night of the event. Don’t miss your chance to see Cliona Hagan live in concert at Sneem Hotel on May 11th. Overnight hotel stay packages including dinner and concert tickets, bed and breakfast are also available!
For more information, please visit www.sneemhotel.com or contact 064 667 5100.

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Coffee morning for Kerry Cancer Support Group at the Royal

Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group. Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, […]

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Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, delicious homemade scones, pastries and treats await in the newly refurbished lobby and bar.

All guests attending will also have the chance to be entered into a raffle with a number of wonderful prizes on offer throughout the morning. Volunteers will also be on hand to accept donations, with all proceeds going to the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

“The Kerry Cancer Support Group work hard each day to provide an excellent service and are devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that service users have immediate access to free programmes and resources. Killarney Royal are delighted to support this incredibly worthy charity,” said Brand Sales and Marketing Executive Aoibheann O’Leary.

All are welcome on the morning, with no pre-booking needed.

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