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Kerry graduates commence prestigious ESB programme

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Kerry graduates pictured at their ESB induction this week in the National Concert Hall: Peter Murphy (Rathmore), Sinclair Dowey (Tralee), Managing Director of ESB Networks (and Tralee native) Marguerite Sayers; Minister Denis Naughten TD; ESB CEO Pat O'Doherty; Orla Griffin (Caherslee) and Barry Bambury (Dingle).

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KERRY graduates Peter Murphy (Rathmore), Sinclair Dowey (Tralee), Orla Griffin (Caherslee) and Barry Bambury (Dingle) have commenced a three-year ESB Graduate Development programme this week.

They form part of a cohort of 76 graduates from Irish third level institutions, spanning fields of engineering, IT, HR, marketing, trading and finance.

The Graduate Development Programme is a tailored three year programme which will see these graduates develop both professionally and personally. It forms part of an ambitious drive by ESB to recruit the brightest talent from third level institutions.

Graduate recruitment for 2017 is now open.This year’s graduates will be placed across five business units – ESB International, ESB Networks, Generation and Wholesale Markets, Business Services Centre and Electric Ireland – in the coming years.

The graduates hail from a cross section of Ireland’s universities and Institutes of Technology.

ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty , welcoming the graduates on their induction week in Dublin’s National Concert Hall, said: “Energy use impacts on every area of our daily lives and how we dramatically reduce our carbon consumption is one of the defining issues facing humanity. As Ireland’s foremost energy company, ESB is committed to offering a rewarding and dynamic career path for exceptional people interested in meeting the challenges of the coming decades. Our 76 new colleagues will play an important part in building this brighter, more sustainable future. Working across diverse business units in hands-on roles, I have no doubt that they will enhance our culture of collaboration and teamwork, as ESB seeks to remain at the forefront of energy innovation.”

Welcoming the announcement Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment added: “I have stated that my core driving principle as Minister will be to work with people. Fresh thinking will undoubtedly be required if we are to successfully transition to a low carbon future. It was a real pleasure to meet 76 of Ireland’s brightest graduates this morning as they embark on their diverse careers with ESB and play their part in contributing to these national and global challenges.”

ESB is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2017 Graduate Programme. Apply online now at: www.esb.ie/careers/graduateprogramme2017
 


 
Pictured above: Kerry graduates pictured at their ESB induction this week in the National Concert Hall: Peter Murphy (Rathmore), Sinclair Dowey (Tralee), Managing Director of ESB Networks (and Tralee native) Marguerite Sayers; Minister Denis Naughten TD; ESB CEO Pat O'Doherty; Orla Griffin (Caherslee) and Barry Bambury (Dingle).

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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