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Liebherr invests in expanded apprentice training facility

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A STATE-OF-THE-ART apprentice training facility has opened at Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney. As part of a continued investment in people and technology, Liebherr has invested over €250,000 in the expansion and upgrading of its apprentice training facilities. The investment will facilitate the introduction of a new programme in metal fabrication and welding which Liebherr launched this year, under the guidance of apprentice instructor Seán Dorris.

Liebherr Container Cranes has been manufacturing cranes in its Killarney plant since it was established in 1958 with the first group of apprentices starting their apprenticeship in 1959.

In a ceremony on July 10 at Liebherr Container Cranes, the apprentices, management and directors of Liebherr officially opened an expanded apprentice training facility. The ceremony was attended by stakeholders from industry partners - IT Tralee, Kerry Cork and Limerick ETB Training Centres and Solas.

Apprenticeships are a vital component of Liebherr’s business strategy and this is reflected with this significant investment. The new facility hosts 10 welding cubicles with 20 welding machines along with state-of-the-art production equipment such as a 90 tonne press brake, a 30 kilowatt guillotine, a multi-function 60 tonne iron worker, a semi-automatic bandsaw, a section rolls, a section profiler, pillar drill and tube notcher.

Liebherr are currently educating 77 apprentices in three different disciplines: Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitter (MAMF), Electricians and the newly introduced programme in Metal Fabrication and Welding. Liebherr’s traditional apprenticeship scheme has been reformed significantly in recent years to cater for the increasing technical complexities of its products which demands the highest level of skills in all areas. The new programme includes a partnership with IT Tralee allowing young ambitious trainees to attain 3rd level qualifications in engineering up to and including an honours degree. The prized qualifications allowing an “Earn and learn” approach are highly sought after and attract hundreds of applicants each year.

The new facility is the latest investment in apprentice training and the investment almost doubles in size the existing apprentice training school in Liebherr Container Cranes. The tradition of both a practical and theoretical education is synonymous with Liebherr. Many of the senior positions currently in the company are held by personnel who started their careers as apprentices including the Technical Director Charlie McCarthy. It is the belief in Liebherr that the value of a practical background cannot be underestimated and is key to understanding the theory of engineering. This new programme and continued investment in education by Liebherr will ultimately lead to highly competent individuals who have mastered the practical skills as well as having an in-depth understanding of the theory behind them.

Since the first apprentices passed through the Liebherr gate in 1959, over 1000 apprentices have been trained and qualified in Killarney.
 


 
Above: Liebherr apprentices and their instructors.

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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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