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Liebherr extends Engineering Scholarship Programme 2021 to include mechanical engineering

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Applications are being now invited from Leaving Certificate, 1st and 2nd year mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronics and automation students

In an extension to its Engineering Scholarship Programme 2021, - Liebherr Container Cranes are delighted to be able to offer scholarships to mechanical engineering students. This is in addition to students pursuing courses that will lead to an electrical engineering, mechatronics or automation degree.

Scholarship recipients will have their college fees paid for the duration of their course and will have the additional benefits of being able to complete work experience during summer vacations and college placements throughout the course terms. The Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme for 2021 provides a unique opportunity for Leaving Certificate, 1st and 2nd year college students to gain a 3rd level qualification, and a wealth of experience in mechanical engineering, electronic engineering or automation, with the opportunity to continue employment with Liebherr on graduation.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply by email to gradrecruit.lcc@liebherr.com. Applicants should include a CV detailing Leaving Certificate/Junior Certificate/college projects and/or results and a cover letter explaining why they have chosen engineering as a career path. In the case of leaving certificate applicants, a copy of their completed CAO form showing their choice of engineering course should be included.

Recent graduates

Ciara Dennehy and Darragh O’Connell are recent graduates of the Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme and both are now in full time employment with Liebherr Container Cranes as graduate automation engineers. Ciara, a mechatronics graduate from Munster Technological University, explained her experience of the programme.

“The Liebherr Scholarship Programme has offered me a great amount of support and resources. With the promise of summer work each year, and placement it allowed me to better dedicate myself to my studies. It is great benefit, when you can see in practice, how the theory that you study in class is applied in industry. It has also allowed me to explore career possibilities, by providing opportunities to work in different areas.

Now that I am working as an Automation Engineer, it is clear to see how well this programme has prepared me for this role and just how innovative Liebherr is. We are continuously developing new ground-breaking systems and software. This makes the prospect of each project more challenging and exciting. This really is what makes the work so enjoyable, there is always something new to learn, and problems to solve.”

Darragh armed with his degree in electronic computer engineering from National University of Ireland, Galway echoed these sentiments
“I would definitely encourage all interested students to apply for the programme. It was a real benefit during my studies. My fees were paid, I had guaranteed meaningful summer work, and now that I have graduated, I am able to continue working with Liebherr as an Automation Engineer. My work in Liebherr is exciting, Liebherr are leaders in the field of container handling. This exciting field is undergoing rapid development and at Liebherr we are at the forefront of technological advancement and design. It is never boring and the pace of development has really accelerated in recent years.
Innovative technology

Mr Charlie McCarthy, MD-Engineering at Liebherr Container Cranes explains about the exciting opportunities at Liebherr.
“Development of our products and systems is taking place at a rapid pace and with this in mind, we are looking for the best and brightest future engineers to join us as part of the Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme. We offer fully paid tuition, industrial placement, guaranteed summer work, and the chance to work with our engineers on the further development of automation, remote control, self-diagnostics, 5G communication protocols and condition monitoring systems. In addition, sustainability is key consideration for our customers, so our engineers also get to work on the development of hybrid, battery and alternative power systems. We develop all of these technologies in house and the next few years will bring many exciting developments.

At Liebherr, we give prospective engineers the opportunity to put their college learnings into practice and this is fundamental to their development and education.”

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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Coach operators plead for Government aid in budget

By Sean Moriarty   A Killarney tour operator has called for the Government to provide further financial aid for the industry in light of an uncertain 2022 season. He described to an Oireachtas Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sports and Media on Wednesday how a coach with just two American tourists and two staff […]

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A Killarney tour operator has called for the Government to provide further financial aid for the industry in light of an uncertain 2022 season.

He described to an Oireachtas Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sports and Media on Wednesday how a coach with just two American tourists and two staff is currently touring Ireland.

Representatives from the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC) including Mike Buckley of Kerry Coaches, were invited to outline the detrimental impact COVID-19 has had on the coach tour industry.

Mr Buckley said he and his industry colleagues were desperate to highlight that Ireland was open for business and that the empty coach was an attempt by tour operators to prove how far they are willing to go to get this message out there.

“There is a reticence by people who travel in large numbers, people are not buying,” he told the meeting.

“There is anecdotal evidence that one coach operator is touring Ireland with two passengers, a driver and a tour guide.”

Mr Buckley said he was grateful for the previous support the industry had received but that funding stems back to the summer of 2020 and they were not included in the July 2021 round of funding.

That money was put towards existing loans on buses and coaches and has now dried up.

“It was like putting a bandage over a major bleed or haemorrhage,” he added.

The CTTC said that the coach industry contributed €215 million to the economy in 2019, the last year full figures are available for.

“Shops, cafes, hotels, attractions are hugely dependent on coach tours,” he added.

Kerry Coaches, in peak times, employ up to 114 drivers and tour guides.

“We are down to a skeleton staff,” he added.

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