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Liebherr Scholarship Programme deadline looms




With the deadline for applications for the Liebherr Scholarship Programme fast approaching, we hear from current and past recipients to see how the programme has real benefits for students and young professionals starting out on their career.

Killian O'Sullivan

Killian O’Sullivan, a current Liebherr scholarship recipient and mechanical engineering student, shares his thoughts on the programme.

"Receiving the Liebherr scholarship on entry to college was a massive help to me. I am just finishing my 4th year of mechanical engineering and the knowledge and assistance from Liebherr over the past four years has been of great benefit," he siad.

"The experience in design-work every summer has kept me learning constantly and has given me a more in-depth knowledge of engineering practices which in turn has helped me with my college studies. The ability to do my professional placement in Liebherr was also a great advantage as it takes the stress off trying to source placement and going through interview processes which allowed me to focus on college at crucial times when other people didn’t have the same luxury. I would recommend anyone interested in engineering to apply for the Liebherr scholarship as it really is a great opportunity”.

Cíara Dennehy recently graduated college with a BE in Manufacturing and Mechatronic Engineering at MTU became a recipient of the Liebherr Scholarship Programme in 2019, during the second year of her degree. She is currently working full time in Liebherr’s electrical design department on the network development team as a graduate automation engineer and spoke about her scholarship experience.

“It is clear how well the programme has prepared me for working in the industry. As an automation engineer in network development, there is a large scope of topics to delve into; there are always new challenges to tackle and new learning opportunities," she siad.

"Currently, I’m heavily involved in the testing and development of the Liebherr Remote Operator Station. There has been a lot of development in this space in recent years and it continues to grow rapidly. There is also significant crossover with other areas as it works in conjunction with all the container cranes we produce here in Killarney. Each project brings with it its own set of criteria, which opens doors into new areas where you can develop new skills and improve existing ones, all the while producing better products. This makes it all the more satisfying when you see these projects being implemented."

These success stories demonstrate the real-world impact of the Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme on the lives of its recipients. By providing financial assistance, practical experience, and exposure to cutting-edge technology projects, the programme has empowered talented individuals like Killian and Ciara to thrive in their chosen engineering paths. As the application deadline approaches, aspiring candidates are encouraged to seize this valuable opportunity and apply for a scholarship with Liebherr Container Cranes.

Qualifying degree courses for the scholarship include mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, structural engineering, mechatronics, automation, business information systems, computer science, software development, and data analytics. Successful scholarship recipients will be given the opportunity to work with Liebherr on innovative technology projects that are changing the way goods are moved around the world.

Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd, currently sponsors 26 scholarship recipients, with 12 studying mechanical engineering, 2 studying structural engineering, 8 studying electrical engineering, and 4 studying computer science

How to apply
Interested candidates should apply by email to Applicants should include a CV detailing Leaving Certificate/Junior Certificate/college projects and/or results and a cover letter explaining why they have chosen electrical engineering as a career path. In the case of leaving certificate applicants, a copy of their completed CAO form showing their choice of electrical engineering course should be included. Closing date is May 26.

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Fire warning in National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Housing has appealed to the public not to light fires or barbecues in public places […]




The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Housing has appealed to the public not to light fires or barbecues in public places this summer.

As they appeal to the public to exercise renewed care and responsibility when outdoors the National Parks and Wildlife Service has increased ground crews on fire patrol and has ramped up aerial monitoring with helicopters and drones.

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD said:

“If you notice a fire, please call the emergency services on 112 immediately. NPWS teams are upping their patrols to identify potential fire incidents and act quickly should one break out. However as we know, prevention is better than cure, and we’re asking all members of the public to avoid lighting fires in open areas.”

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan TD commented further:

“Our National Parks and Nature Reserves, coastal sand dunes, mountains and upland areas, forests, meadows and urban parks are all places where we enjoy spending time in nature, but they are also home to our precious wildlife and their vulnerable young. This is a really important time of year for wildlife, especially vulnerable ground-nesting birds and mammals who are now rearing their young. We all want to get out and enjoy the good weather but let’s do it responsibly – without putting nature at risk.”

The Director General of the NPWS, Niall O Donnchú, has also asked for everybody’s cooperation to protect nature and said:

“While NPWS has increased ground crews and monitoring from the air this week, we still need to enlist your help to protect nature at this high risk time. We ask that members of the public not light fires or barbecues in any National Parks or Nature Reserves, or indeed in nature generally. We are also asking that the public be vigilant and report any fire activity without delay.”

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Killarney Looking Good Competition returns

Over three decades after it was first initiated, to help improve the aesthetic values of the town, the Killarney Looking Good Competition is back with a vengeance with a new […]




Over three decades after it was first initiated, to help improve the aesthetic values of the town, the Killarney Looking Good Competition is back with a vengeance with a new committee, new categories, new sponsors and a whole new approach.

When the project was first launched in 1991 it was a relatively low-key community event but it grew in importance with each passing year, culminating in some style when Killarney won the prestigious overall award in the national tidy towns competition in 2011.

After an enforced three-year absence since 2019, due to the pandemic, the competition has now been given a whole new lease of life and the 2023 version was officially launched this week by Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Niall Kelleher.

Awards will be presented in 26 different categories and high achievers in the business and residential community will be honoured at a gala prizegiving ceremony at the close of the tourist season.

This year two new categories are being introduced in memory of two remarkable people who played massive roles in keeping Killarney looking its best down through the years.

Yvonne Quill, who passed away last October, was the driving force behind the Killarney tidy towns campaign for several years and she was at the helm when the sought-after overall award was secured 12 years ago.

This year the Yvonne Quill Memorial Award will be presented to the volunteer of the year – a person who the adjudicators consider to be a standout contributor – in the overall effort to keep Killarney tidy.

Up to the time of his death in January 2020, Fr Michael Murphy was the public face of tidy towns and he played a huge part in Killarney, Kenmare and Sneem winning the overall national award in 2011, 2000 and 1987 respectively. Affectionately known as Fr Tidy, this year the Killarney Looking Good Competition will honour his memory with a special Pride of Place award.

In the business community, there will be awards for the best large and small commercial premises, best newly painted premises, best signage and the best retail award with prizes also for the most impressive hotel, public house, restaurant, café, guesthouse and best public building as well as the most improved premises.
In the residential categories awards will go to the best large and small estates, best private residence, best roadside garden, best floral display and best friendly planting award.

Other categories include a green hospitality award, a corporate special responsibility award, a restoration award, best school and a special biodiversity award.
Several highly commended awards will also be up for grabs and the winner of the prestigious overall award will be announced at the prizegiving ceremony.

The Killarney Looking Good Competition is organised by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and Killarney Municipal District Council and the new committee comprises Sandra Dunlea – a daughter of the late Yvonne Quill – Kathleen Foley, John O’Mahony and Johnny McGuire who is spearheading the project.

MD O’Shea & Sons are the new overall sponsors of the competition and O’Mahony Media Ltd is the media sponsor.

The competition will run throughout the tourist season and businesses and residential areas will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

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