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Killarney student enjoys high-tech work experience with a difference

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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 www.ceia.ie.
 


 
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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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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