‘Training for Success’

A course unique in Europe delivered at IT Sligo in partnership with Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association, is in the running for a national adult learning honour.

Training for Success, a year-round programme that tackles employment and educational needs among young people with epilepsy, has been shortlisted for a prestigious STAR Award. STAR Awards recognise invaluable collaborative work undertaken by adult learning initiatives in across the Republic.

 “It’s a marvellous vote of confidence even to get to the final stage,” says Honor Broderick, Brainwave’s Course Manager at IT Sligo. “Training for Success is a programme that has made an enormous difference to many people.”

The course is the only one of its kind in Europe in which a third level college and a voluntary organisation have linked up to address exclusively difficulties that people with epilepsy face.

As well as creative and academic topics, the programme provides a tailored individual focus on career choices, educational and employment goals, identification of up skilling needs, and the nature and management of epilepsy.

“It could be described as a ‘add on’ programme to help a person get their first job or to get back into employment or education which they may have had to leave because of their epilepsy. An example would be a person who is no longer able to drive because of the type of seizures they experience. They may have to look at a career change if driving is essential for their employment,” Honor says.

“A big issue with epilepsy is self-confidence because the condition is so unpredictable; a person doesn’t know when they might have a seizure and this can affect their self-esteem.  For this reason confidence building is an important part of the component that deals with the nature and management of epilepsy.”

The programme leads to a FETAC Level 4 Major Award in Employment Skills.  “We have had real success with the programme,” Honor says. “In the period 1998 to 2012, of the 180 students, approximately, who took the course, 23% went on to higher education, 18% went into further education, 18 % into employment and 18 % into further training.”



Surf, Sounds and Soul.

Sat 4th & Sun 5th June 2011
White Strand, Milltown Malbay, County Clare

‘Cold waters, Warm Welcomes’.

On the first weekend of June, Cold Pro festival is braced for blast off on the West coast of County Clare, Ireland. Described as an epic celebration of international sounds and Irish surf culture, Cold Pro showcases a musical line up of established legends alongside cutting edge talent, underpinned by a unique high stakes surfing contest, featuring some of Europe’s best riders battling it out for Û20,000.

It’s no wonder Cold Pro is already being hotly tipped to set the pace for Summer 2011.


The musical focus is on three stages featuring an incredibly eclectic range of talent, spun in an ‘alice in wonderland’ style web around the festival site. Artists already confirmed include Imelda May, Jamie xx, Peter Hook’s ‘The Light’ (playing Joy Divisions Unknown Pleasures), The Nextmen, Electric Wire Hustle, Scott Mathews, Ben Howard, The Amplifetes, Le Galaxie, Ivan St John, TY, Masters in France, Ellen and the Escapades and Those Dancing Days – to name but a few! More acts are being unveiled by the day, with over 60 mindblowing performances due to be going down over the weekend.


With the festival site surrounded by some of Europe’s premiere surf spots, the Cold Pro Invitiational has been conjured exclusively for the festival with this in mind. It boasts a unique, high stakes contest format, pitching teams from the Celtic nations of Ireland, Cornwall, Scotland, Brittany and Wales against each other in a variety of breathtaking competitive challenges, out amongst the waves of Ireland’s mighty West coast.

Each days action will be documented, cut and displayed up on a big screen at the festival each evening. 20 surfers, 5 teams, and Û20,000 is the prize. Three stages of competing, including a jet ski tow at and an all against all session will enable some of Europe’s finest surfers to fully perform at the most creative professional surfing event yet seen in Ireland.


Run by an experienced team of surfers, musicians and festival lovers, Cold Pro is first and foremost, an independent festival.
Their objective is to create an authentic celebration that lets everyone involved come with expectations, have them exceeded, and leave feeling like they had the weekend of their lives and were part of something truly special.

Surf, Sounds and Soul are the words. Way out West in the epicentre of Irish surfing is the place. Early June, down in the stunning heart of coastal County Clare is the time. A weird and wonderful weekend of blissful mentalism is yours for the taking.
Weekend Tickets Û70  / Day Tickets Û40
Available now from…  www.coldpro.org/tickets

For more info www.coldpro.org and info@coldpro.org

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Politics popular with youth: poll

DESPITE talk of disillusionment with politics among young people, a poll suggests that just 6% will not use their vote in tomorrow’s election. The SpunOut.ie Big Online Election Poll found 2% propose to vote but spoil their vote, another 2% will not vote but concentrate on ‘bottom-up social change’ and a further 2% won’t vote because they are “not bothered”. 

The poll found younger, tech-savvy Irish people’s voting preferences are very different to those demonstrated by recent opinion polls, with Sinn Féin selected as their preferred party by 32% of voters. 

The mainstream political parties scored poorly, with Fine Gael and Labour on 16% and 17% and Fianna Fáil trailing at an all-time low of 6%. An interesting contrast is that of the newly formed United Left Alliance who, despite not fielding candidates in many constituencies, polled higher than Fianna Fáil with 8% of votes. 

The Green Party came in at 3%, which challenges claims that it has strong support among younger people, perhaps due to its participation in a government that has left record youth unemployment, emigration and college fees as a legacy. 

Commenting on the results, SpunOut.ie founder Ruairí McKiernan said young people are increasingly engaged in Irish politics. 

“Our poll suggests that the youth vote may be key to understanding the future of Irish politics. 

“Ireland has one of the highest populations of young people in Europe who are disproportionately affected by shamefully high unemployment and emigration rates. 

“They are increasingly engaged, angry and active and are without a doubt set to break away from traditional voting patterns which will ensure the beginning of a new era in Irish politics,” he said. 

By Conall Ó Fátharta

www.irishexaminer.ie – 24/02/2011




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