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Killarney student enjoys high-tech work experience with a difference




ST BRENDAN’S COLLEGE student Shane Trant was one of a host of transition-year pupils who enjoyed a unique work experience programme designed to give them a real insight into a high-tech career.

The CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network – in collaboration with the Tyndall National Institute, have developed a work experience programme designed to give TY students a real insight into a high-tech career. ‘HighTechElec’ is a free, immersive TY work experience programme for students considering a career in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.

The HighTechElec programme has already seen 21 students from 13 schools across Munster participate in the first part of the 2017 programme which includes a week of physics, electronics and technology based workshops, lectures, career talks, and industry placement, culminating in an innovation competition called TechnoDen. Industry partners include Dell EMC, Boston Scientific, Johnson controls, Horner APG, Moog, Cork Internet eXchange, S3 Group, Sanmina SCI, Firecomms, and Pilz.

“The HighTechElec programme provides students with invaluable experience across industry and academia. Through meeting and working with scientists and engineers, students get first-hand experience of the career choices available to them,” said Dr Eamon Connolly, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Promotion Officer, CEIA.

“The difference between the ‘HighTechElec’ programme and any other TY work experience programme is that this is very structured – every hour is accounted for, optimising the experience for each student. At the end of the week students will participate in the TechnoDen competition in Tyndall National Institute, where groups of 2-4 students make a short presentation to a panel of judges – about a new idea for a product or service – based on the technology they encountered during their week. The competition element really encourages them to ask questions and think outside the box,” he added.

“We had 7 teams in total compete in the first round of TechnoDen this year, and the competition was very tight. I am delighted to announce that the winning team was ‘Flow’ with students from St. Brendan's College Killarney, Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh and Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown,” said Valerie Cowman, Skills and Education Chair of the CEIA.

“I would like to thank our dedicated judges Dr Alan Matthewson, Dr Pedram Razavi and Nicola Cooney from Tyndall National Institute. I would also like to thank our wonderful industry partners for their support of the programme” she added.

The HighTechElec programme runs for two weeks and is open to all TY students in the region. Application forms are available on the CEIA website

Above: Shane Trant, St Brendan's College, Killarney , Grace Roche Presentation Secondary School Midleton and Joel Abraham Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh. PICTURE: GERARD MCCARTHY

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Sadness at death of much loved Killarney man

The town was saddened to learn of the death of Brendan Joy who passed away peacefully on Tuesday at his home in the loving care of his family. Brendan (88), […]




The town was saddened to learn of the death of Brendan Joy who passed away peacefully on Tuesday at his home in the loving care of his family.

Brendan (88), from Muckross and formerly of Plunkett Street, who worked in the International Hotel and as a Jarvey, was laid to rest yesterday (Thursday) in Aghadoe Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral.

Brendan was predeceased by his beloved wife Mairéad and baby daughter Maura, his brothers John, Jerry, Pat, Willie and sister Nancy.

He’ll be sadly missed by his daughter Breda, sons Liam, Michael, Brendan, Martin, Pat and Andrew, daughters-in-law Margaret, Eileen, Norma and Helena, his grandchildren Brendan, Mairéad, Charlie, Claire, James, Kevin, Orla, Maurice and Maura, sister Mary Sie (London), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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Local activities this weekend for National Heritage Week

A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday. This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow […]




A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday.

This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Life in the Bogs – Family Funday in Cronin’s Yard, Beaufort, runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm.
Activities include; Bog in a Bottle activity – learn about how bogs are made, Plants of the Bog – learn about the different plants in the bog and how to tell them apart, Pond Dipping in Bog Pool – Use nets and find out what creepy crawlies can be found in Bog pools, Birds and Mammals of the Bog – learn about the different animals that live in our bogs, and a Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are free but bring €2 for parking.

On Sunday the Harpers for Heritage concert takes place at Muckross Schoolhouse with Fiachra Ó Corragáin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman from 7.30pm to 9pm.

There’ll also be an exhibition from the Killarney National Park Photography Competition based on the theme of ‘Our History, Our Future’ in Killarney House and Gardens while the Me and the Moon will create Bee/Bug hotels and sustainable eco bird feeders today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am – 4pm at Muckross Schoolhouse.

The Heritage Council is encouraging people to visit to see what other events are taking place in their locality or across the country. Participants can browse the website and create a bespoke National Heritage Week ‘Events Trail’ to help them plan their week according to their location, their particular heritage interests and their preferred event type, such as a festival, performance, exhibition or re-enactment.

“This year, National Heritage Week looks to the past to create a better future,” Chief Executive of the Heritage Council of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said.

“The theme of sustainable heritage and biodiversity encourages us all to reflect on how our history and heritage can play a part in protecting our planet. Whether it’s learning a new skill like embroidery, blacksmithing or pottery making; better understanding how to prevent biodiversity loss in our own back gardens or country lanes; or gaining fresh insight into the history of our art, music or the Irish language and sharing this knowledge among friends and family, there are endless ways to get involved. I would encourage people to visit the National Heritage Week website and browse the vast array of events and projects taking place and plan their week.”

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