Queenan stands down as Governing Body Chair
The end of the year signifies the end of an era at IT Sligo, with the reign of the Institute’s Governing Body Chairman, Cllr Joe Queenan, coming to a finish.
Cllr Queenan was has been Chairman of the IT Sligo Governing Body since 2002, when he was nominated to the position by the then Minister for Education and Science, Noel Dempsey TD.
He was a member of the Governing Body since 1999 and was nominated to the position of Chair upon the election of the previous Chair, Dr Jimmy Devins, to Dáil Eireann.
Cllr Queenan was honoured at the last meeting of the Governing Body, and he paid tribute to the staff and students he has worked with at the Institute over the past eight and a half years.
“It has been an absolute honour and pleasure to serve as Chair on the IT Sligo Governing Body. I haven’t missed one meeting in the last eight and a half years and I enjoyed every minute of it,” he said.
Cllr Queenan paid tribute to all the staff and students he has worked with during his reign, along with the members of the three Governing Bodies he served alongside.
“I want to thank all the staff and students, all the heads of schools, heads of departments, administration staff and student leaders, for their support and assistance. In particular I want to thank the three presidents I worked with, Dr Brendan MacConamhna, Dr Richard Thorn and Professor Terri Scott, and the Financial Controller, John Cosgrove.”
“I found the Institute an enormously positive place to visit down the years and every person I met and worked with through my role on the Governing Body were entirely committed and focused on serving the best interests of the Institute and the wider region.”
“I have witnessed enormous changes in the Institute down the years and its role in the development of the wider North West region has been critical. With a €12 million investment at the campus this year, and more than €50 million in the past 10 years, I am very confident about the role of the Institute into the future.”
Paying tribute to the outgoing Chairman, President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott said: “IT Sligo is very grateful to Cllr Queenan for the commitment in serving the Governing Body as Chair since 2002. He has chaired the Body during a time of great change and his interest and contribution to promoting IT Sligo in the region has been of great benefit to the staff and students. On behalf of current and former staff of the institute I would like to thank him for his very significant contribution.”
President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott; Outgoing Chair of the IT Sligo Governing Body, Cllr Joe Queenan; Financial Controller, John Cosgrove; Registrar, Brendan McCormack.
George Leetch, Students Union Vice President and Welfare Officer; Outgoing Chair of the IT Sligo Governing Body, Cllr Joe Queenan; Breffni O’Gorman, Student Union President.
Snow first for visiting Malaysian students
A group of students from the University Tun Hussein Onn in Malaysia were delighted to experience snow for the first time when they visited IT Sligo last week.
The students travelled to Ireland with their lecturer Adnan Zainorabidin and his wife Yusmarwati Yusof, as part of the first Student Mobility Programme between University Tun Hussein Onn and IT Sligo.
During the visit, the group of civil engineering students met with IT Sligo academic staff to discuss courses and resources available for engineering students at the Institute.
They met with research students and visited a number of start-up companies receiving support in the Innovation Centre.
Visits to a number of civil engineering companies in the region were also organised on their behalf.
IT Sligo is home to the only Geotechnical Centrifuge in Ireland, a device which replicates stress conditions in the field in a reduced scale laboratory physical model, and this was a big draw for the Malaysian visitors.
Visiting Lecturer, Adnan Zainorabidin, said that the facilities offered at IT Sligo was one of the main reasons they chose to visit the Institute; “The trip was organised to allow the students to experience a new culture and also to explore the possibility of new collaborations with IT Sligo. We are very impressed with the modern facilities at the Institute, particularly the geotechnical engineering facilities.”
IT Sligo Engineering lecturer, Dr Conleth O’Loughlin, visited University Tun Hussein Onn, in Malaysia earlier this year and was delighted to welcome the visiting delegation to IT Sligo; “There are a lot of parallels between our two research centres, particularly in the area of characterising soft ground deposits for civil engineering projects. I would be hopeful that we could develop these links in the form of a research collaboration which would benefit both students and staff in both colleges. The next step is to send one of my PhD students to spend some time at University Tun Hussein Onn working at their soft ground research site.”
Head of Research at IT Sligo, Dr John Bartlett said: “We are planning to significantly increase the number of international students studying at IT Sligo. This will have many benefits for the students, the Institute and the region. One of the most important ways in which this will be achieved is through bilateral agreements with partner colleges in other countries. These students, from the University Tun Hussein Onn, in Malaysia are an excellent example of the kinds of exchanges that can happen. These civil engineering students saw research and civil engineering practice in the Institute and a number of local firms. In time, it is hoped that Irish students will benefit from similar trips to Malaysia.”
Dr Conleth O’Loughlin shows the Geotechnical Centrifuge to two of the visiting Malaysian students. IT Sligo is home to the only Geotechnical Centrifuge in Ireland. Photo by Sean Mullery.
From left to right: Dr John Bartlett, Head of Research, IT Sligo; Pauline Chiew Yean Lim; Yusmarwati Yusof; Hwey Li Lee; Arvind Sri; Adnan Zainorabidin; Gurmeetpal Singh; Dr Conleth O’Loughlin, Engineering Lecturer, IT Sligo. Photo by Sean Mullery.
The Malaysian students made the most of their first experience with snow when visiting IT Sligo.
NI officials visit IT Sligo to learn about KITE benefits
Senior representatives from the Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning visited IT Sligo last week to learn more about the e-learning aspect of the €3.2 million KITE (Knowledge and Innovation Transfer in Engineering) project.
KITE is an EU INTERREG IVA Programme funded project which is being developed by IT Sligo in partnership with Northern Regional College, Northern Ireland, and Ayr College, Scotland.
The three year project aims to secure the long term sustainability of the key engineering and manufacturing sectors within Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland, by increasing productivity and reducing costs for employers.
Director of Skills & Industry Division at the Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning, Nuala Kerr, said that she was fascinated by the work being done by IT Sligo to facilitate virtual laboratories for online students.
“Our interest in the KITE project was triggered when we heard some of the background to it at the launch in Northern Regional College in Ballymena in November,” she said,
“We recognise that to best position Northern Ireland to meet the economic challenges ahead, we need to increase significantly the skills levels of our workforce. Our Skills Strategy sets out the targets we believe we need to achieve, which includes to increase by 20% the number of people in the workforce qualified at least to Level 2 on our Qualifications Credit Framework.
“We wanted to see if on-line learning as represented by the KITE project could play a part in achieving these objectives.
“We were fascinated by the work being done in IT Sligo, and were particularly impressed by the virtual laboratory facility that complements the on-line tuition experience and gives student access to test engineering equipment on a 24/7 basis.
“We could see the potential this offered all students, but especially working adults or people living some distance from training provision, to undertake study and training when it suits their work and domestic commitments.”
Ms Kerr said that the Department of Employment and Learning will consider how this methodology could be applied in training in Northern Ireland.
From left to right are Michael Gould, (Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning, Assistant Director of Skills & Industry Division); Professor Terri Scott, (President, IT Sligo); Nuala Kerr, (Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning, Director of Skills & Industry Division); Frank Carter, (IT Sligo Head of Department, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering). Photo by Sean Mullery.
Pictured from left to right are: Ross McMorrow (IT Sligo, KITE Technician), Stephen Reid (IT Sligo, KITE Coordinator), Marion McAfee (IT Sligo, KITE Developer), Michael Gould (Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning, Assistant Director of Skills & Industry Division), Nuala Kerr (Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning, Director of Skills & Industry Division), Brian Mulligan (IT Sligo Open Learning Coordinator), Frank Carter (IT Sligo Head of Deptartment, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering), Bill Watson (Northern Regional College, Lecturer in Engineering), Noel Walsh (IT Sligo KITE Technician), Alan McAfee (Northern Regional College, KITE Coordinator). Photo by Sean Mullery.
First Professional Practice Day for Social Studies
IT Sligo students of Applied Social Studies in Social Care got real hands-on experience of what it is like to be on the front line from experienced social care professionals yesterday.
The inaugural Professional Practice Day for social studies students held on campus was the first time that the presentations have all been made in a one day conference programme setting.
The aim of the professional practice day was to give the ambiance of a real-life conference, with students getting name badges and packs, choosing workshops in advance and mirroring what students can expect when they graduate from IT Sligo.
The BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care develops student’s knowledge of a broad range of ideas and concepts and gives them practical skills that can be applied in many different social care settings; from working with young people, to research, to policy making, to supporting people with disabilities.
Social care practitioners may work with children and adolescents in residential care; people with intellectual or physical disabilities; homeless; people with alcohol/drug dependency, families in the community, young people; older people, immigrants to Ireland and other groups who are marginalised or need specialised support. Many practitioners work for the Health Services Executive [HSE] in areas such as residential childcare or in disability services; other key areas of employment are in community-based projects. Others may be involved in research or policymaking.
Senior lecturer Margaret Gilmore was one of the main organisers of the successful conference. She also co-ordinates most of the course placements each year. Students from the course go on placements to Vietnam, Republic of South Africa, Ethiopia, Northern Ireland, the United States of America and Canada.
Reflecting on the success of the inaugural professional practice day, she said:
“It was a great opportunity for the students to hear enthusiastic and experienced workers, all on the one day. They each had chosen four workshops and, while it was mandatory for the full time students, it was very heartening to find that the part time students were also in attendance.
“The various speakers were very willing to share their expertise with the students. It was also our first time getting so many speakers on the one day and based on initial feedback, this was an excellent way to do it. Previous practice had been to have speakers come on a weekly basis to one or two class groups.
“There was a great deal involved in getting the conference organised as the social studies field is very broad. We hope that along with this positive experience, students may get placements or even work from attending the workshops and making contact with the various agencies,” she explained.
Margaret paid tribute to all who attended and those who gave up their time to speak on the day. She also thanked ACE (Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship) Intern Cait Keaveney, for assisting her in the preparation of the event.
Pictured at the Inaugural Social Studies Professional Practice Day were, from Left to right : Mark Taylor, Lecturer; Key note speaker, Marie Crawley, Identification of Needs (ION) Co-coordinator, Sligo; Margaret Gilmore, Lecturer and Perry Share, Head of the Department of Humanities.
National Boxing success for IT Sligo students
Two IT Sligo students in the process of establishing a boxing club on campus showed their own sporting mettle at the weekend, when they scooped national boxing titles in Dublin.
Maria Faney (19) from Ballinacarrow and John Tighe (18) from Ballymote took home IABA Intermediate Boxing titles in their respective weight divisions. Both are members of the Ballinacarrow Boxing Club in Co Sligo and are recipients of awards under the IT Sligo Sports Scholarship.
For Maria, a 2nd year student in Health, Science and Physiology, boxing in the 57kgs weight division, it was all the more remarkable, as she only took up serious training three years ago. She only started boxing competitively two years ago.
Maria was initially encouraged to take up the sport, as two brothers, one her twin, had already taken to the ring. She also wanted to get fitter.
“That’s how it all started. I felt it would be a good way to get fit and it developed from there. I won an under 21 national title in 2009, but last weekend was great. I’m over the moon as the last time I boxed my final opponent, she got me in the first round. So it was big progress,” she said.
Maria refutes the claim that boxing is dangerous, pointing out that she wears guards to protect vulnerable areas of the body. While unaware of world boxing champion Katie Taylor at the beginning of her own boxing career, she now believes that the Irish sports hero is a perfect role model for Irish sportswomen everywhere.
Maria also admits that she does not talk about boxing to her fellow students, as she believes that some people look down on girls’ boxing, something she hopes will change very soon:
“I’m not into boasting about myself anyway, but it has been a huge benefit to my self confidence. I have met a great many people through the sport. As a self defence or recreational activity I would highly recommend it to any young girl.”
She now hopes to win a college title for IT Sligo next March and is also keeping an eye on the 2011 IABA Senior boxing championships – but not before putting her studies first.
Meanwhile John Tighe was equally delighted with his success in the 75kgs category at the National championships. A 2nd year student in Recreation and Leisure, his victory was all the more memorable because he defeated a highly respected international boxer.
John has been boxing nine years. Last year he won two national boxing titles at junior level. He also represented his country in Germany and Lithuania last year.
Reflecting on his latest victory he remarked:
“I was both surprised and delighted as my final opponent was with me on the Irish team last year. He boxed in the world championships and was only defeated by the eventual world champion, by just a few points, so it was a big win.”
John’s ultimate ambition is to represent Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, but he realises that there is a huge amount of work involved in the meantime. That includes winning an IABA senior championship .
He also hopes that the publicity will encourage more students at IT Sligo to get involved in the sport and the new boxing club on campus.
Congratulating them on their achievements, Sports Development Officer Ross Lappin said: “This is a great sporting achievement for Maria and John who fought off tough competition to win. Both have trained extremely hard to compete at the top level and they deserve their success.”
Regional Futsal Championships in Knocknarea Arena
IT Sligo hosted the Regional Futsal Championships over two days recently in the Knocknarea Arena.
In the women’s competition, IT Sligo A team held off stiff competition from Athlone IT and IT Sligo’s B team to win the tournament.
IT Sligo A team won all three group games and easily beat GMIT in the semi-final.
Meanwhile, Athlone IT just edged out an excellent IT Sligo B team in the other semi-final to progress to the final. The game ended 0-0 after extra-time. AIT won the penalty shoot-out to progress to the final.
IT Sligo A beat Athlone IT 4-2 in the final. Their goalscorers were: Lucy Hannon 2, Hazel Mc Cafferty and Orla Devaney. IT Sligo A were the better team in the final but AIT always look dangerous on the break.
The IT Sligo Womens A squad were Roisin Mc Cafferty, Hazel Mc Cafferty, Caroline Ormsby, Grainne Grimes, Sarah Finnerty, Amy Gerrity, Maria Harrington, Orla Devanney, Lucy Hannon
IT Sligo Womens B squad were Emma Cullen, Anna Grant, Linda Kenny, Anita O’Hara, Sandra Costello, Anne-Marie Carragher, Ailis Leonard.
In the Mens competition, hosts IT Sligo were very unlucky in their games. Athlone IT B team were surprising winners after a very exciting tournament.
The IT Sligo Mens squad were Damian Timmons, Mark McGoldrick, Kieran Brick, Cathal Connolly, Danny Leohane, Daragh Healy, Keith Nibbs, Conor McNulty, Morgan O’ Flaherty, and Nathan Mullarkey.
IT Sligo Womens A squad: Roisin Mc Cafferty, Hazel Mc Cafferty, Caroline Ormsby, Grainne Grimes, Sarah Finnerty, Amy Gerrity, Maria Harrington, Orla Devanney, Lucy Hannon
€9,000 raised for charity by marketing students
The hive of activity of recent weeks around the IT Sligo campus and the wider Sligo community has been nothing short of remarkable for enterprising 3rd year marketing students, who are taking the course module ‘non profit marketing’ as part of their business degree course.
They have raised almost €9,000 from a range of events in recent weeks with every conceivable and ingenious method used to bring in that vital extra euro.
The original concept for the course emanated from IT Sligo’s own ‘team network’ grouping, which was set up to examine external requests from charities and event organisers for money. This was the catalyst which eventually saw the module itself being created for business marketing students in 2006 – one of the first of its kind in Ireland at the time.
Charities to benefit this year include the North West Hospice, the Irish Cancer Society, the Bill W Club, Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Down Syndrome Sligo, Irish Autism Action and Make a Wish Foundation.
Roisin O’Malley, one of the 3rd year students involved said: “During the month of November as part of my non profit marketing class, I asked IT Sligo to Turn Their Swag on for charity. We organised a fashion show for the Irish Cancer Society and raised some serious cash – over €2000! We were absolutely delighted. It was a great night of pure glamour and a huge success.”
Since the course started at IT Sligo, just short of €40,000 has been raised for charities.
Lecturer Joanna Sweeney from the Department of Marketing, Tourism & Leisure in the School of Business & Humanities, has been impressed, both with the course itself and the initiative of the students involved.
She said: “There are now more charities in the world than ever before. ‘Marketeering’ is becoming an essential part of their mission to raise money, especially in the current economic climate. A lot of the larger charities are employing marketing graduates to achieve unique selling points.
“With the recession, fund raising events are being used more than ever to raise money. If people feel they are going to get a good night out, they will support it, regardless of what charity is involved. It’s a new and emerging area where graduates can seek work, especially with people being laid off and services being cut. There will also be a greater need for non profit organisations to pick up the mess of the recession,” she added.
The ‘non profit marketing’ students have been able to decide what registered charity they want to work with as part of their course module. They have also been given the initiative to be creative and inventive.
“In some cases, they have been able to pick up part-time work, even before leaving college. This has also included other areas of paid work, like research. It has then allowed graduates to take up full time roles within non-profit organisations after leaving IT Sligo. In other areas, it has also proved beneficial, as employers are always keenly impressed with active citizenship by potential employees.”
“The subject shows a working example of social entrepreneurship and gives the students practical skills in marketing and event management. The students get to deliver on their creativity and innovation through the events they decide to implement. Overall, it is a fun way to learn about non profit organisations while giving something back to society,” she concluded.
The following includes the 2010 charity events themselves, the beneficiaries and the money raised by the IT Sligo students taking the ‘non profit marketing’ module as part of their business marketing degree:
Fun Walk North West Hospice €970.90
Fashion Show The Irish Cancer Society €2,402.86
The Nearly Naked Mile The Bill W Club €1,103.75
Don’t Forget The Lyrics Temple St. Children’s Hospital €780.00
The Thorn of Sligo Down Syndrome Sligo €1,056.00
Mad Hatters Tea Party Irish Autism Action €937.00
Sligo West Fest Make a Wish Foundation €1,736.19
Front row from right to left: Lecturer Joanna Sweeney, Jackie Lynch, Jenny Kilgannon, Louise Dillon, Kate Kelly, Tara Timlon, Laura Dobbyn, Angelina Geery, Marina Nicholson.
Back row from left to right: Emma Egan, Caroline Finn, Helena Moran, Annette Lang, Veronica Gleeson, Niamh Feely, Michelle Flynn, Roisin O’Malley.
Students enjoy Vietnam experience through ‘Webinar’
Students studying the BA in Applied Social Studies who are getting ready to travel abroad for work placements, experienced a real sense of what it is like to work in Vietnam during a live ‘Webinar’ with a professional who is currently working there.
The ‘webinar’ was the first of its kind hosted by the Department of Business and Humanities and involved a virtual seminar live from Vietnam with Trish Kane, a former lecturer in Social Studies and Early Childhood and Care and Education at IT Sligo.
The webinar was organized for students on the Development Education module on the BA Applied Social Studies course, who are currently preparing to go on international social care work placements in Vietnam, Republic of South Africa, Ethiopia, Northern Ireland, the United States of America and Canada.
Trish, who is from Gurteen in Co. Sligo, spoke to the class about her experiences of working in Vietnam. She has spent the last year as a Social Work Advisor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ha Noi, Vietnam. She explained that urbanisation, homelessness, mental health, and poverty are some of the challenges facing Vietnamese society today, and she discussed the main aspects of Vietnam’s 10 Year Social Work Plan, which was introduced this year.
She also shared some cultural ‘tips’ for the students who are planning to undertake their placements in Vietnam.
Lecturer in Development Education, Mary Clarke, said the students found the webinar to be enormously beneficial; “The students were delighted with the opportunity to ask questions about Trish’s experiences in Ha Noi. The students who are due to travel to Vietnam for their placements at the Christina Noble Foundation in Ho Chi Min City, Caroline and Veronica, found it particularly helpful and informative.”
This is the first of a series of webinars are being planned by the IT Sligo International Development Education and Social Care Network as part of the Development Education module in association with Irish Aid.
The webinar was organised by Mary Clarke, Lecturer in Development Education and Margaret Gilmore, Coordinator of Social Care Placements. Technical assistance and support was provided by Brian Mulligan, Open Learning Coordinator and Mairead Noone, e-Learning Instructional Designer at ITS.
In previous years students studying have been placed in international placements in Alaska, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, England, Germany, France and Belgium.
Pictured following the webinar are, from left to right, Lecturer Mary Clarke, Natasha Reynolds, Sarah Reville, Megan Scahill, Caroline Moran, Veronica Kelly, Alice Scott, Olga Nesterenko, Kiera Wasson and Breda Ryan.
Trish Kane on her way to work in Vietnam. Trish is a former lecturer in Social Studies and Early Childhood and Care and Education at IT Sligo and has spent the last year working as a Social Work Advisor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
VERY BIG Christmas Concert a huge success
Hundreds of people attended the VERY BIG Christmas Concert in the Knocknarea Arena in aid of the North West Hospice last Thursday night.
Melody Acadamy of Dance.
Joe Cox, head of Policy and Strategy at IT Sligo, with Barry O’Flynn, his wife Mona and son Sean at the VERY BIG Christmas Concert.
MCs Ciaran McCarthy and Tommy Gorman at the VERY BIG Christmas Concert, at the Knocknarea Arena in aid of the North West Hospice.
Secret Santa Tabby Callaghan with bike winners Evanne Kilgallon and Chloe O’Malley and bike sponsor Gary Rooney at the VERY BIG Christmas Concert, at the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo, in aid of the North West Hospice.
Emma Purcell and St. Mary’s Youth Choir, performing at the VERY BIG Christmas Concert, at the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo, in aid of the North West Hospice.
Joe Cox, head of Policy and Strategy at IT Sligo, Edel Moran, Susan O’Keeffe and Fergal Burke, President, Sligo Chamber of Commerce at the VERY BIG Christmas Concert.
Pictured above are the IT Sligo student team who managed the recent VERY BIG Christmas Concert at IT Sligo. Cait Keaveney and Orla Mongey are both completing a year’s graduate programme on Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE) and Catherine Young (Centre) is completing a Masters Programme on the creative industry.
“Leading the Event Management Team for the Concert was fantastic experience and really helped build my organisational skills”, commented Catherine.
Both Cait and Orla work with IT Sligo students to encourage them to consider entrepreneurial careers.
“Taking a lead role in organising a fundraiser is an excellent example of entrepreneurial activity – which any student can undertake along with their studies,” Orla said.
‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ Road Safety Campaign launched
A campaign to promote road safety awareness was launched at IT Sligo today in association with the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) distributed 1,000 free high visibility vests and 1,000 armbands amongst staff and students at IT Sligo as part of ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ campaign. The safety drive is part of the RSA’s continued commitment to educating vulnerable road users on how to stay safe on the roads.
The campaign is being organised by the School of Business and Humanities and the IT Sligo Students Union.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign, the Head of School of Business and Humanities, Terry Young, said; “Our responsibility to our staff and student extend beyond the lecture theatres and the campus perimeters, and this campaign is about raising awareness and encouraging everyone in the IT Sligo community to stay safe on the roads. Many of our staff and students walk or cycle to college and visibility is so important, especially during these long winter nights.”
Student Union Vice President and Welfare Officer George Leetch said; “The Student Union will be continuing with this road safety awareness campaign until the end of January. 40 pedestrians and 7 cyclists were killed on the roads in Ireland last year and we are encouraging all students to wear a high visibility vest or armband when they’re walking or cycling in the dark, because staying visible is the best way to protect yourself on the road.”
Mr. Noel Brett, Chief Executive, RSA, stated; “We are committed to educating students about road safety through ‘SAFEGRADS’- road safety education guidelines for third level colleges. This year we are giving 1,000 armbands and 1,000 high visibility vests to IT Sligo. These will be distributed on campus to ensure pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users are safe on the roads. As the evenings get darker, we can’t stress how important it is to Be Safe and Be Seen on the road.”
Students and staff at IT Sligo don high visibility vests at the launch of Road Safety Awareness Campaign at the Institute.
Pictured at the launch of the Road Safety Awareness Campaign at IT Sligo are, clockwise from front left: Yvonne Roche, Health and Safety Officer; Joe Cox, Head of Strategy and Policy; Clodagh Crowe, Lecturer in Business and Humanities; Terry Young, Head of School of Business and Humanities; George Leech, Student Union Vice President and Welfare Officer; Community Garda, Mark Sweeney; Marian Hargadon, Student Supports Services Officer; and Suzanne Gilmore, Community Garda.