Ard Nua Village

Ard Nua is considered Sligo’s premium student accommodation and is only a 5-minute walk from IT Sligo and a short drive from St Angela’s College. Houses and Apartments cater for 3 – 7 people, consisting of single rooms, single en-suites, twin rooms, and twin en-suites. Minutes walk from IT Sligo.


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Pricing for our Student Accommodation 2019 / 2020 :

Townhouse – Single Bedroom with shared bathroom facilities

Townhouse – Single Bedroom with ensuite

Townhouse – Shared Twin Bedroom with shared bathroom facilities

Apartment – Single Bedroom with ensuite

Rate including utility charges*

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Clarion Village Student Accommodation

From €3,110 for the academic year!

Clarion Village is a modern, stylish and affordable purpose-built Student complex located just a 5 -7 minute walk from IT Sligo. The Village comprises of 7 blocks of 150 apartments, which contain a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms, sleeping 2 to 4 people.

Modern and Bright, each apartment has been purposely designed to maximise student life and comprises of an open plan kitchen/living area with all Modern conveniences provided. There are single, double and twin bedrooms each with plenty of storage space and a study desk, many of which have an ensuite bathroom.

There is ample parking throughout, on-site security, a self-service launderette and a Convenience Shop on site. Management is onsite to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for students with our reception office open weekdays 9am to 5pm. We are on hand to look after students throughout the year with any enquiries/queries they or their parents/guardians may have.

Sligo town centre with its wide range of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, clubs and barsis a short 20 minute walk away but if you don’t feel like walking we are on a popular Bus Route, with buses running every hour to Sligo Town but also to the beautiful seaside villages of Rosses Point and Strandhill for that much needed time away from the stresses of college.

Single Standard Room with Shared Bathroom – €4,085

Double en suite Room – €4,475

Single en suite Room – €4,280

Twin en suite (per person sharing) – €3,110

N.B. all of the above rates include a utilities charge of €420 to cover wi-fi, tv channels, tv licence & refuse, and an electricity prepayment of €350.

Office Opening Hours:

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Undergraduate Awards

Places are filling up in The Undergraduate Awards 2013 programme.

The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s only pan disciplinary academic awards programme, and we also run a separated, dedicated programme throughout all third level institutions in Ireland that aims to identify the top students here. Below is a blurb that will let IT Sligo students know of this opportunity. If you could circulate this among students and academics, that would be fantastic.

As you will note, we are pan-discipline, meaning a host of students at IT Sligo are in fact eligible to apply!

Students intending to submit can register here to save their place.

If you need any more information – or if you would like some posters or flyers – please do not hesitate to contact me via email or on 01 543 1286.

Calling all festival goers!

Would you enjoy music, surf, sea and sessions for free this summer?

Sea Sessions in one of Ireland’s best and upcoming surf and music festival held in Bundoran, Co. Donegal. It will be held this year on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd. It has been running consecutively for four years and has grown rapidly in a short space of time. The festival promotes new and upcoming artists as well as having played host to some of the biggest and best music names out there including Kaiser Chiefs and Bell X1 (2012).

Sea Sessions 2013 has teamed up with IT Sligo in order to make this year’s festival bigger and better than ever. A group of third year PR and Event Management students are applying their skills to recruit and manage this year’s volunteer programme. This is the first time the students have worked on an event of this calibre. It’s an exciting opportunity for Sea Session organisers, the students and IT Sligo.

The students have been given the task of recruiting new volunteers for the festival and will be doing this in a number of ways, look out for our Facebook and Twitter pages. Volunteers will be required to work over the course of the three day festival in three, four hour slots. Volunteers will be assigned different tasks throughout the course of the festival including pre festival preparation, stewards, tickets scanners, beach stewards, campsite stewards and even backstage crew!

This year the organisers have managed to get well known bands ‘Bastille’ and ‘The Original Rude boys’ to headline the festival, so obviously volunteers will get a chance to see both of these bands preform live. Sea Sessions has a genre for everyone ranging from indie, to dance to rock music. As it’s also a surf festival it makes it unique to every other festival in Ireland. It’s a great opportunity to meet other surf enthusiasts, dip your feet in the world of surfing and to catch some waves.  Why wouldn’t you want to go to a beach party like this all for only 12 hours’ work?

So why become a Sea Sessions volunteer you ask? Well you get to experience going to one of the best festivals in Ireland and you get to see a huge variety of different bands and artists, you only work a total of 12 hours the entire weekend and best off all? It’s completely free to volunteer for Sea Sessions!

60/70 volunteer will be required to work at this year’s festival so if you are interested or know someone who may be interested check out and sign up to volunteer! Keep an eye on both Facebook and Twitter pages also. The students will also be having an information day in the main concourse of IT Sligo on Wednesday the 17th of April between 1 and 3 pm, so head on down to find out more and to get involved!

Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Photo: James Connolly / PicSell805MAR13

IT Sligo and Foróige’s Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) launch Student Entrepreneurship Scholarship 

Scholarship launched by the leading expert in Entrepreneurial Studies Dr Heidi Neck

The cultivation of an entrepreneurial mindset in students of all disciplines is the ambition of a new student Entrepreneurship Scholarship launched at IT Sligo this week.

Joint funded by IT Sligo, Foroige’s Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and ACE (Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship) the scholarship is the first of its kind and is the first formal student pathway established between Foroige’s NFTE and a third level institution. It will take the form of monetary bursaries and entrepreneur-focused supports for eight students starting at IT Sligo this September. If successful, the scholarship programme will also be rolled out to other higher education institutions around the country.

The scholarship was launched by one of the world’s leading experts in Entrepreneurial Studies, Dr Heidi Neck, at IT Sligo today. Jeffrey A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College in the States, Dr Neck lectures and teaches internationally on entrepreneurship. Heidi’s trip to Ireland was made possible by the Irish Institute at Boston College with funding from the US Department of State.

Students who are awarded the scholarship will be afforded a bursary and supported in an eco system which will hone their entrepreneurship skills. An academic mentor, a business mentor, access to support from the Institute’s Innovation Centre, and active participation in the Institute’s Student Enterprise Society will all form part of the experience.

Secondary school students participating in Foroige’s Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship will be eligible to apply and the scholarship will be open to students pursuing programmes in all disciplines from science and engineering, to business and social science, underpinning the work already underway at IT Sligo through the HEA-funded Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE) initiative in which entrepreneurship modules are embedded into existing non-business programmes. Applicants must have a concept they wish to develop.

Launching the scholarship, Dr Neck said; “The NFTE students have being given a great gift by NFTE and IT Sligo to create and execute new ideas within third level education environment to better themselves and others. This is what entrepreneurship in Ireland is all about.”

President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott said; “We want our students to learn that entrepreneurship is about creating your own future and making a difference in your community. IT Sligo has a track record of nurturing entrepreneurship with graduates from all disciplines engaging in start-ups and making a real difference by bringing enterprise competencies to the work place. This scholarship will provide talented school leavers with additional mentoring support along with financial assistance to bring new ventures to market.”

Dr Perry Share, Head Department of Social Sciences at the Institute, said: “This scholarship is the result of a lot of discussion between the partners. Just as our most promising sports people are supported in their further education, this scholarship provides a package of supports and encouragement to our budding entrepreneurs. There is nothing like it in Ireland, but we hope that if this programme is successful, it will be adopted by other HEIs. Entrepreneurial skills and attitudes will not just lead to the establishment of more businesses in the region, but will also stimulate creative problem-solving in existing businesses, community organisations and the public sector.”

Maria Doherty the NFTE Programme Manager said; “It’s a very exciting time for the programme to be in a position to develop a pathway to third level for the NFTE participants with IT Sligo. It has always been the long term vision of the programme to facilitate an opportunity for participants to go on to further their education while developing their interest in business and entrepreneurship.”

The launch took place at a workshop at IT Sligo today by ACE (Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship) programme with the support of the ECSB (European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) relating to the draft HETAC guidelines for the Review of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education (EEE).

For more information see

Have Your Say!

First year and final year undergraduates and students undertaking taught postgraduate programmes at IT Sligo are being encouraged to ‘have their say’ by participating in the new National Student Survey which was launched today (Monday, March 4th, 2013).

The survey, which is being conducted by the Higher Education Authority, will measure the experience of students attending higher education institutions in Ireland.

All responses are confidential and the survey only takes 10 minutes to complete.

The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD said that the survey is “a key tool in measuring the wider performance and quality of Irish higher education.”

Dr Brendan McCormack, Registrar at IT Sligo encouraged students to fill out the survey, saying; “This is the first national student survey of its kind in Ireland and its success, and the impact it can have, will be determined by the level of response it gets from students. The survey represents an important opportunity for students to have their voices heard at the highest level about the type of experience they’re having and the level of service they’re receiving and I would encourage all eligible students to fill out the survey.”

Invitations to fill out the survey have been issued to students today by email.  The deadline for responses is April 12th 2013.

For further details on the survey approach, the process adopted, and the questions, please click here:

Microsoft Imagine Cup

A team of IT Sligo students, Killian Mc Cormack, (Sligo) Damien Fee, (Fermanagh), Linzi Ryan, (Dublin) and Gabriel Cioflica, (Romania) were today (February 28, 2013) crowned winners of the Irish finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013.

The students won with their innovative solution to support the physical and social needs of older people in their homes through technology.

The system the team designed uses a windows phone, Skype and Kinect to enhance TV systems to provide online physical fitness classes as well as a revolutionary new idea called ‘TAG TV’, which allows an older person to watch TV with peers of family remotely. The design also incorporates a notification system which can sends an alert from the person’s home should they encounter a problem or difficulty. The finals were hosted by Microsoft as part of their National App and Gaming Conference which was held in The Aviva Stadium.

The team was supported by computing lecturer Padraig Harte. Padraig also worked with Team Hermes, who in 2011 won the Irish finals of the competition and then went on to be the first team from Ireland to win the global finals, beating 350,000 registrants from around the world.

Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. It provides an opportunity for student technologists, developers, and aspiring entrepreneurs from all academic backgrounds to collaborate, develop a technology application, create a business plan and gain a keen understanding of what they need to bring their concept to market.

To inspire more students and encourage a wider variety of aspiring innovators to participate, Microsoft redesigned Imagine Cup around three new core competitions – World Citizenship, Games and Innovation – and more than doubled the prize money to US$300,000. The 2013 competition builds on the core elements that have been most popular with students in the past 10 years – social impact and gaming – while expanding the competition’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Speaking at the Imagine Cup finals, Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland, said: “By hosting this year’s Imagine Cup Irish finals as part of our National App and Gaming Conference, we wanted to highlight to the students the opportunities available to them by having the skills they have as developers. At today’s’ finals it was great to see so many students from across this country showcasing their innovative cloud based solutions which they’ve developed.”

The winning team follows in the footsteps of Team Hermes,  2011’s overall Imagine Cup winners. Team Hermes designed a device they hoped could reduce road deaths by monitoring dangerous driving behaviour and road conditions, and providing instant feedback. The project has developed into a small business based in IT Sligo’s Innovation Centre, called CleverMiles, with original team member James McNamara in the role of CTO. “The Imagine Cup is a great competition and provided us with the start we needed to turn our idea in a business concept,” said McNamara. “We’ve spent the last two years developing and testing our concept. We believe there is a real need for a product like CleverMiles.”

Virtual Careers Facility

A new virtual careers facility has been launched at IT Sligo that will make it easier for graduates and employers to connect in relation to recruitment and selection.

IT Sligo is the first higher education institution in Ireland to commission the software, which is a sophisticated one-stop-shop for graduate career and recruitment solutions.

Careers Officer Deborah Seddon said the software will enhance extend and streamline services offered by the Institute’s Careers Office, essentially making it easier for employers to reach the types of graduates they require; “The software provides a digital platform for organisations to publicise their vacancies and for students to keep up to date with graduate opportunities,” she said.

The portal can also facilitate live virtual careers fairs, she said, which will be advantageous to both employers and graduates; “Resources are in demand across all sectors at the moment and we have found that companies are finding it more and more difficult to send representatives to day-long graduate fairs and recruitment events,” she said. “The virtual fair eliminates this logistical challenge and cuts cost for companies.  We have a wide range of companies signed up now advertising positions.”

Having the facility online also means that it’s easier for graduates located overseas and around the country to access, she said; “This platform streamlines our activities and enables us to target students and graduates of specific disciplines in a very strategic way. Whether they’re in Cork or Canada, they can sign up to the same alerts and we’re very encouraged by the level of opportunities currently being advertised by companies.”

The Careers Office advises IT Sligo students and graduates to use the Prospects.Net software in conjunction with To find out more see  or contact the Careers Office at

Massive Online Open Course

Just as the online revolution is dramatically changing the music industry – as most recently evidenced by the recent sudden closure of music giant HMV – it also appears that a seismic shift in the way higher education is delivered may not be far away.

IT Sligo has announced that it is to follow in the footsteps of Universities like Harvard and MIT to become Ireland’s first public higher education institution to offer a free online course or a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC).

Traditionally, colleges charge fees for online programmes and offer accreditation upon completion.  By comparison, under the MOOC model, courses are free, are not accredited and have ‘massive’ enrolments – in some cases in the thousands.

MOOCs are considered to be a ‘disruptive innovation’ in higher education and have been sweeping the US in recent years. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invested $3 million in the development of MOOCs in the US last November and Bill Gates said MOOCs are going to ‘revolutionise education’.

Ireland’s first MOOC will commence at IT Sligo this September and will take the form of a free, six-week online course in Lean Sigma Quality, the foremost quality process improvement approach for companies in the manufacturing and service industries.

President Professor Terri Scott, said the initiative is a natural progression for the Institute; “IT Sligo has been at the forefront of innovations in online learning so we see it as a natural progression to be forging new ground with this MOOC ,” she said.

“It’s a very exciting development and we’re delighted to be pushing the boundaries in improving access to higher education.”

In line with leading MOOC provisions internationally, the course at IT Sligo will be entirely free and it won’t be accredited. However, students completing the course will benefit considerably from the experience, according to Brian Mulligan who is one of the Programme Managers at the Institute’s Centre for Online Learning; “Students who complete the course will receive a certification of completion and will have the option of progressing to our accredited online Six Sigma Green Belt course,” he said, adding that the Institute’s existing online learning platforms Moodle and Adobe Connect will be used to deliver the programme.

The first MOOC will be delivered by Brian Coll and Dr John Donovan, academics from the institute’s School of Engineering & Design who both lecture on the Institute’s online BSc and MSc in Quality.

The change of higher education is set to mirror the disaggregation witnessed in the music industry in the last number of years, said Brian Coll. “Just as it is now less likely for someone to purchase a complete album as opposed to a single music track, people may soon be selecting the amount of education they want from various sources, studying it in their own time at a time and location that suits them, and putting it together in a combination that meets their skills needs – just like is done on iTunes,” he said.

“The online revolution is changing the world irrevocably,” said Coll. “We’ve seen plenty of examples of what happens to sectors and organisations that have been reactive rather than proactive to the pace of change and higher education is no different.”

For more information or to sign up for IT Sligo’s MOOC go to

‘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.”

Lunchtime Archaeology Lecture Series at IT Sligo

A series of archaeology-themed public lunchtime lectures will be held at IT Sligo between now and the end of April.

• February 12th – Kings, Bishops and Vampires at Excavations at Kilteasheen, Co Roscommon; Chris Read, IT Sligo lecturer

• February 26th – Lost and Found: Medieval Parks in the Irish Countryside; Dr Fiona Beglane, IT Sligo lecturer

• March 5th – Building the Great Dolmens in Britain and Ireland; Dr Vicki Cummings, University of Lancashire

• March 12th& 14th – Archaeology Postgraduate Research at IT Sligo; Thorsten Kahlert, Rita Mhig Fhionnghaile, Lisa Moloney, Sinead Middleton,

• April 9th – Excavations in Moneen Cave: Insights into Bronze Age and post medieval life in the Burren; Dr Marion Dowd, IT Sligo lecturer

• April 23rd – Who were our ancestors exactly? Some examples of ethnography and archaeology; Sam Moore, IT Sligo lecturer

Organised by the Stones and Bones Archaeology Society, each of the lectures will be held at 1.10pm in A0005 beside the Main Reception. The lectures are free and members of the public, staff and students are welcome to attend.

Engineers Week at IT Sligo

Engineers Week, an annual campaign to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland, is taking place this year from February 25th to March 3rd 2013.This year Engineers Week, themed ‘Bringing Dreams to Life’ and organised by Engineers Ireland, is focused on showcasing to students and parents in the North West the limitless possibilities that a career in engineering can offer at a range of free interactive events at IT Sligo and various other Sligo venues.  For more information see and Pictured at the launch of Engineers Week at IT Sligo are, from left to right; Anthony Skeffington, Chairman of Engineers Ireland North West Branch;  Roisin McManus, IT Sligo Environmental Engineering student; and Dr Tomas O’Flaherty, IT Sligo Civil Engineering lecturer. Photo by Sean Mullery.

Flowing Praise for IT Sligo Hydropower Researcher

An IT Sligo Civil Engineering graduate and PhD student has been named among Ireland’s “most promising researchers” for a green energy initiative that would boost the country’s renewable electricity supply by bringing back to life hundreds of disused riverside mill sites.

Sean Mulligan’s design of an innovative hydropower plant is in line with the Government’s hopes for pioneering renewable technologies which will produce cheaper and cleaner energy.

The Sligoman is designing a hydraulic system to be used to generate electricity at “low head” sites such as riverside mills and other small scale/micro hydropower locations. Owners or developers would then sell it to the national grid or a site owner might decide to use it in his own home nearby.

Sean (24) says: “It‘s a very innovative concept with the potential to generate significant energy compared to conventional technologies.”

The research involves physical and mathematical modelling of the product, using advanced hydraulic testing techniques to optimise performance and efficiency. Official studies indicate that there are up to 600 water powered mills, often formerly used for grinding food grains, which could be redeveloped for electricity generation.

Sean estimates that they could contribute 25 MW to the national supply, enough to power approximately 17,000 homes.

“The majority of these sites are ‘low-head’, which means that they have a small drop between the upstream and downstream positions on a river,” he explained. “This technology can be utilised to efficiently generate energy from these low-head hydropower sites at an expected cheaper cost.”

John Casserly, who lecturers in Hydraulics at IT Sligo, said: “Sean’s project is an excellent example of a student converting a complex mathematical theory into a practical application.”

Sean intends eventually to go into business with his product and to provide consultancy on renewable technologies. In 2010, his project earned him a place in the finals of the Siemens-sponsored Engineers Ireland Innovative Student of the Year. Recently he was awarded funding from the Irish Research Council (IRC) which is enabling him to continue his Doctorate studies

Now the National Digital Research Centre (NRDC) and the IRC have now selected him and 14 other leading researchers for places on a new commercial mentoring programme. Called “From Basic Research to Business Models”, its aim is to provide the researchers with knowledge support to enable them to bring their ideas to market.

Science lecturer Richard Sherlock said: “No doubt Sean will benefit hugely from the programme and from being in the company of a select group of Ireland’s brightest young innovators.  And hopefully, he can bring home much of what he learns to carve out a successful business for himself that will be of economic benefit to the Northwest.”

Sean, who is in the third year of a PhD research degree, said: “I chose Civil Engineering at IT Sligo because it is a hugely varied discipline in which you apply engineering science and mathematics in basically everything that’s going in day to day life. As well, it has great scope for technological innovation.”

His hydro plant design imitates the principles and process by which water swirls and drains away when a plug is taken out of a sink. “When you pull the plug out of a sink a vortex or a whirlpool effect is developed. This design idea takes that same action by generating it in a specialised hydraulic structure to concentrate hydraulic energy at a single location where it can be extracted efficiently,” he said.

IT Sligo Sports Scholar Is FAI ‘International Player of the Year’

IT Sligo first year student Emma Hansberry has been named FAI Women’s Under 19 International Player of the Year.

The Castlebar WFC player and Under 19 Ireland vice-captain scooped the prize at the 23rd “Three FAI International Football Awards” televised live on RTE at the weekend.

Top Irish soccer starts including Bolton midfielder Keith Andrews who took the Senior International Player of the Year were at the ceremony to see Emma accept her prize.

“It was a great night. It was just brilliant and I’m delighted to have won,” Emma said she when she returned to lectures at IT Sligo on Monday where she is studying a Health Science and Physiology. “I knew I had been nominated alright but it was a great buzz to find out just at the moment it was announced.”

The award rounded off a memorable few days for Emma, who is from Sligo. Earlier she had learned that she will join IT Sligo’s elite list of Sports Scholars. She has been awarded a Gold Scholarship, the only first year student to receive it this time around.

“That was a greater honour, too, when I found out about that. It was really great news and it’ll be great help to me here in college.”

The U19 team qualified for the European Championships last October when, in Serbia, they played the host nation as well as Cyprus and Latvia. Emma had the honour of captaining the team against Latvia after skipper Denise O’Sullivan was sidelined by injury.

Now she and her team mates are in training for the “elite” phase – which is the last leg before the European finals – in April when they will face stiff competition from Sweden, who won last year’s tournament last year, and two other heavy hitters, Holland and Italy.

“We’re training hard. We’re up every month in Dublin and we are up again this Sunday for four nights training for the matches.

“Sweden, Holland and Italy, the names speak for themselves. They are big names and we know it’s going to be tough so we’re just trying to build up our confidence and train as hard “as we can for this next phase in April.”

President of IT Sligo, Professor Teri Scott congratulated Emma the achievement; “A Player of the Year Award is a prize that every athlete treasures forever.  Emma is one of our rising stars and her achievement brings honour and distinction to her Alma -IT Sligo. This award is a fitting tribute to her talent, dedication and competitive spirit, which are the hallmarks we recognise in our Sports Scholars. We wish Emma every success, especially in the next leg of the European Championships in April.”

“My lecturers here at IT Sligo are really supportive,” Emma said. They don’t mind me going to my training in Dublin or to all my matches – as long as I catch up on the work.”

For more information on the Sport Scholarship Scheme at IT Sligo and the BSc in Health Science and Physiology see

Donegal Student Carves Winning Niche in National Championships

For the fifth successive year a student at IT Sligo has come first in Joinery at the Ireland Skills competition, the annual national showcase for outstanding young craft trainees.

Sheamus McLaughlin from Kerrykeel, Co Donegal, who is doing a BSc in Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology degree at IT Sligo, picked up the top Joinery prize and was also presented with the John Sisk & Sons Joinery Trophy.

Five IT Sligo trained students reached the finals – three in Joinery and two in Carpentry – in yet another remarkable demonstration of IT Sligo-expertise at its record of success at the event.

“It was exciting and exhausting, too, spread over two and a half days, but it was certainly worth it ,” said Sheamus (21), a third year student who plans to do further  studies after graduation to become a teacher of woodwork and technical drawing.

The event, which used to be known as the National Skills competition, provides a showcase for the training and development of highly skilled crafts persons within the Irish education system and is one of the most prestigious in the crafts’ calendar.

The other IT Sligo finalists were, in Joinery,  Donal Harte ( Ballintogher, Co Sligo) and Eddie Moore (Tipperary) and, in Carpentry,  Martin Murray (Galway) and Kenny Crotty (Waterford).

In the six-competitor final and using hand tools mainly, Sheamus had to produce a complex door with curved head and panels based on drawings given to him at the start of the final.

He explained: “You don’t know what you’ll be asked to do until you go in. You are given it just on an A3 page and you have to draw the full-scale working sections on to plywood. Then you get your square timber and you have to cut it and curve it, and joint it and fit it all and put on all the mouldings and rebates

“It was a very testing competition. You have to think so far ahead before doing anything. You actually have to sit down and visualise what has to go in where, and what has to fit and be jointed and cut before you even do it. There’s a lot of preparation before you start on the job itself.

“It was mentally and physically draining and afterwards you could sleep for a day,” he joked.

IT Sligo lecturer John Joe O’Reilly, who is the Ireland Skills Chief Joinery Expert, said: “All our students performed to a very high standard and represented the Institute with great distinction over the demanding 19 hour competition.

“Sheamus prepared himself very well for the final but great credit must also go to all the staff of the Dept. of Applied Technology in IT Sligo.”

After the event, an exhilarated Sheamus said he would wholeheartedly recommend the IT Sligo course to anyone who is interested not just in woodwork but project and site management.

“It would be a very good course for anyone who has any interest in construction whatsoever. The staff are very helpful and understanding. I’m delighted to have done the course.”

Present at the prize-giving at Cork Institute of Technology’s Booterstown campus was Kathleen Lynch TD Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice and other dignitaries.

Kieran Gallagher, Programme Chair of the BSc in Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology at IT Sligo, said: “I am delighted with the success of the students on our new course. It reflects the high quality of teaching and learning in IT Sligo and in the Department.

“We are committed to delivering a modern innovative programme which will meet the future needs of the industry. We heartily congratulate Sheamus and all our finalists and hope to see many of our graduates achieving similar success in the future”.

Adding his congratulations, Trevor McSharry, Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, said the Carpentry and Joinery group at IT Sligo continued to have the strongest performance at the national skills competition and it had “established itself as the leader in advanced wood and sustainable building technology nationally which is something to be very proud of.”

For further information on the BSc in Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology see

Junior Nobel Prize

IT Sligo students are invited to join the world’s brightest undergraduates in submitting their course work to the Undergraduate Awards [UA], an Irish academic awards programme that has been cited as the Irish “Junior Nobel Prize”.

 IT Sligo student, Marie McDonnell, was named as a highly commended entrant in the Social Studies category for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards.

 2013 is poised to be the biggest year yet for the Undergraduate Awards, with best-in-class students from the likes of CalTech, Oxford, University of Hong Kong and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay already registered to submit their research papers to the 2013 programme.

 Representing the A – Z of academic disciplines, from Agricultural Science to the Visual Arts, the Undergraduate Award winners are considered as being among the most innovative young minds of their generation.

 “We’re looking for the next generation of creative thinkers and problem solvers” said Programme Director, Louise Hodgson.  “The programme attracts students who, at a very early stage in their academic careers, are already researching solutions to the pressing problems we face as a global community and turning commonly-accepted theories on their heads.”

 Open to final and penultimate year undergraduate students, previous winners have included Sami Khan [University of Toronto] who created a low-cost filtration system for a novel new toilet design for developing countries and Fred English [University College Cork] who is currently working on the cure for preeclampsia, a medical condition that takes the lives of over 100,000 pregnant women annually.  With backing from government and corporate partners, including Google, KPMG and Digicel, the programme is expecting to receive over 4000 submissions this year alone.

In November of this year, the nominees for the 2013 Undergraduate Awards will be invited to Dublin to attend the UA Summit – a three-day pop-up incubation centre comprised of networking events, fireside chats and hands-on workshops.  Coined as “a Davos for students”, the unique student conference provides a collision point for the brightest undergraduate minds, leading researchers and entrepreneurs to collaborate, share ideas and build relationships.  The winning students will be awarded by patron of the awards programme, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, at the Undergraduate Awards Ceremony, which will form part of the UA Summit.

 Interested students can register or submit their coursework at  Submissions close May 24th 2013.

Grants Backlog

THE HUGE BACKLOG of students forced to wait months before receiving their student grant has been almost completely cleared, with just 619 applications left to be processed.

At its peak, 55,000 applications were still waiting for a decision as the newly-introduced allocation system SUSI struggled to cope.

However despite the small number of remaining applications to be processed, 21,095 applications have been marked as incomplete – meaning many students may still have to resubmit details or application forms, five months after term began in most third level institutions, if they are to receive a grant. Some students who abandoned their grant application form were still treated as applicants, which was part of the reason blamed for the delay in processing.

Students’ unions around the country began handing out boxes of goods to students who were struggling financially as they waited for their grants to be processed, while one, Athlone IT, set up a soup kitchen to provide food for students who needed food.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn told the Dáil that there will be external review of SUSI’s business processes over the coming weeks to improve the system for the next academic year.

The figures show of 67,352 applications, 46,257 contained all the necessary documentation. Of these, just over 29,000 were awarded while 16,000 were accepted.

Ruairí Quinn allocated an additional €3 million to the Student Assistance Fund, which helps students who are experiencing severe financial hardship, this month in a bid to help students who may be suffering due to late or non-payment of their grant.

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Symposium on Childhood Play at IT Sligo

Infant teachers in national schools, practitioners in childcare settings and other professionals and students who support children’s play experiences are invited to attend a Symposium on Childhood Play at IT Sligo on Friday, February 8th.

The potential for collaboration between practitioners, educators and scholars regarding children’s play research and practice experiences will be discussed by a wide range of speakers at the event, including; Marlene McCormack, Early Childhood Ireland; Arlene Forster, National Council Curriculum and Assessment; Professor Elizabeth Wood, Sheffield University; Patricia Gardner, Walking Matters: Access; Joan McGrath, Sligo County Childcare Committee; Mary Hough, Sligo Education Centre; childcare practitioners and members of the teaching and academic communities.

Research by academics at IT Sligo and Early Childhood Ireland demonstrates that children are engaging in much less ‘free play’ that their parents would have enjoyed.  The research, which was conducted by researchers at IT Sligo and Early Childhood Ireland, involved interviews with almost 1,700 families and 240 communities across the island of Ireland about how children aged up to 15 are ‘playing’ within neighbourhood spaces including streets, greens, playgrounds, laneways and parks among others.

The Symposium is funded by CRiSP the Centre for Research in the Social Professions.  Admission is free. It will take place at IT Sligo from 10am to 4pm on Friday, February 8th. To register see  

Charity Parachute Jump

If you are interested in a Parachute jump sign up in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland please fill in the your details on the sheet below. Anita Hurst IT Sligo Students’ Union Education Officer will be back to you in due course.

Sign up closes Friday the 26th of January.

€1 million invested in Radiowave Cancer Therapy at IT Sligo

A research agreement which brings the total investment into radiowaves as a cancer therapy at IT Sligo to in excess of €1 million has been finalised.

The investment will secure the employment of an additional 3 researchers at the Institute’s Mitochondrial Biology and Radiation Research Group and will include the provision of specialist equipment which is unique in Ireland.

Researchers at IT Sligo, led by Principal Investigator Dr James Murphy, are leading the global radiowave research project which also involves researchers in the US and Australia.

The research is being funded by the Radiowave Therapy Research Institute in Western Australia and its Director David Bonnin described the findings which have been made at IT Sligo to date as ‘very exciting’; “We’re very excited and encouraged by the findings in the first stage of the programme and we’re delighted to be continuing our investment into the research,” he said.

Dr James Murphy, who is a Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Lecturer at IT Sligo, said that the research stands to benefit a number of types of cancer; “We’re investigating the potential in radiowave therapy as a stand-alone and adjunct therapy in the context of several cancer types initially and we’re extremely encouraged by progress made to date,” he said.

The research project has been ongoing since 2008 and the latest investment represents the second stage of the process, which will include the locating of specialist equipment to the IT Sligo campus and the employment of 3 new researchers to add to the already 5-strong team at the Institute.

The Radiowave Therapy Research Institute in Western Australia was established in 2005. It is a non-profit, privately owned and privately funded establishment studying the physical, clinical, biochemical and human factor outcomes of radiowave therapy in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

Radiowave therapy is already used in some parts of the world to treat cancer and is considered to be a non invasive therapy without long term side effects.

STOP Suicide Counsellor advises students to ‘listen’ to each other

A counsellor & psychotherapist working with STOP Suicide, a Leitrim-based charity that supports families affected by suicide, advised students at IT Sligo to ‘listen’ to each other at an event organised by students during  ‘Minding Your Mental Health Week’.

Students, lecturers and other members of the college community attended the event addressed by Michelle Fox B.A Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Supervisor & I.A.C.P. R.G.N, which aimed to create awareness of young people’s mental health issues.

Ms Fox advised students and lecturers how to identify signs when people are struggling, and more importantly, how to help. ‘Being there’ and ‘listening in a non judgemental way’ are two of the most important things that can be done for someone who is feeling low, she said.

The event was organised by marketing students Miriam Duffy and Yvonne Sloyan, with the help of their lecturer Emer Ward.

STOP Suicide was founded in 2004 by families who were bereaved by suicide. It’s a community, voluntary body that works to prevent suicide by informing educating and promoting positive suicide prevention policies throughout the west of Ireland. For more information see

Prestigious Award for Committed Conservationist

Dr Don Cotton, one of IT Sligo’s most respected academics, has received national recognition for lifelong commitment to environmental conservation.

In a ceremony at the Royal Irish Academy, he was presented with the Distinguished Recorder Award 2012 of the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

One of Ireland’s the best-known figures in Environmental Science; he was given the award for assiduous recording of key aspects of biological diversity, particularly in Sligo-Leitrim.

His compilation of extensive databases focussing on woodlice, harvest spiders, freshwater invertebrates, earthworms, butterflies, moths, bees, flowers, birds and mammals represents an unrivalled record of environmental impact over the past 35 years.

“Species are nothing without their habitat,” Don says, “and so the efforts of conservation should be to protect habitat such as the wetlands that our birds and insects depend upon.”

The retired Senior Lecturer reckons he has spent about an hour every day since 1994 compiling a database with 150,000 records of species. He is currently data basing and analysing 2,400 publications dating from 1850 in a project that will eventually contribute to a unique “computer book” about the natural history of Sligo-Leitrim.

The initial phase of the venture is already being realized in ‘Natural History of Sligo and Leitrim’ at the following link (

Don came to Ireland from the UK in 1976 to do post-doctoral research at UCD into the impact of new agricultural practices on soil invertebrate ecology. He moved to Sligo in 1981 to lecture in Ecology and Geology at the then Regional Technical College.

“Anything to do with the environment and wildlife, I threw myself into it, and one of those things was the collection of data.”

He was prominent in the development of Environmental Science, playing a key role with a small group of visionary academics who developed the original BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science & Technology at IT Sligo.

Major recording initiatives he has been involved in include: the Winter Atlas of Birds 1981-1984; Winter Wetlands Survey 1984-1987; Dragonfly Survey; Chough Survey; Whooper swan survey and Barnacle goose survey.

He helped establish a BirdWatch Ireland branch in Sligo, has advised the County Council and is a founder and former chairman of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group. He is a member of the Wildlife Committee of the National Heritage Council; the Praeger Committee (RIA)) and Sligo Heritage Forum. He is Botanical Society of British Isles County Recorder for Sligo and assistant editor of the Irish Naturalists’ Journal.

He sees greater need than ever for record-keeping and for conservationists to be advocates for the environment. “People are doing damage but they don’t see it as damage.  Often they do it because they believe they are passing on better land or creating greater opportunities for future generations. But it is not as simple as that.

“I have spent about 35 years collecting information and trying to get it used for the protection of the environment, which in turn stimulates eco-tourism in Sligo through walking-guides and nature trails. And I’m glad to say that I’m still at it.”

IT Sligo was the first third level institution in the country to offer environmental courses in Ireland almost 40 years ago and remains a leader in the field today. To learn more see

IT Sligo Students Have Designs on Counselling Centre Relocation

Undergraduates at IT Sligo say imaginative design is “a must” in any new-look rape counselling premises in Sligo.

The message emerged from a novel competition that gave final year Interior Architecture students the opportunity to provide advice to counsellors at the Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan (RCSACC).

The project involved eight students submitting proposals that provided the RCSACC with an information and ideas tool-kit on the feasibility of relocating in the town centre, including recommendations on user-friendly renovation priorities.

The competing students are in the final year of a four year Honours Degree in Interior Architecture and the winner of the competition was Patrick Fox, aged 22, from Sligo. The competition was organised by lecturers Peter Scanlon & Maeliosa O’Brien and the judging panel included representatives of the RCSACC and the building industry.

Peter Scanlon, who is co-ordinator of 4th year Interior Architecture degree programme at IT Sligo, said: “This was a live project over five weeks that was solidly embedded in our surrounding community. The aim was to develop an information and ideas tool-kit that the Centre could use in evaluating buildings for use in the event of relocation.”

Each student submitted a “change of use” analysis of building standards, fire safety, disability access and other regulatory requirements that would be needed.  Each also produced drawings of their ideas about the optimal internal design requirements that would be needed to facilitate the needs of staff, counsellors, volunteers and clients in renovated premises.

Peter Scanlon said:  “The standard of the entries was hugely encouraging and reflected the wide range of knowledge that the students have received at IT Sligo — learning that should give their job prospects a head start after they graduate.  The design element involved generating ideas for a convivial and beneficial environment in which the people who work in the Centre could be empowered even further to help their clients.”

He added: “What tipped the judges’ decision in Patrick’s favour was his introduction of nature and the environment into his design. He was able to integrate the restorative potential of the outdoor environment into his proposals.”

 Tina Horton, from the RCSACC, described the students’ submissions as outstanding. “Their presentations showed how they had listened to our needs and used their skills and creativity in producing not only very innovative design solutions but also in getting us to think about the potential of a building in an entirely new way.

“The feasibility studies they produced were of extremely high quality and will be invaluable to us in our pre-planning meeting with the Borough Council. Overall, we cannot thank the staff and the students enough. It was a pleasure working with them and the outcome of all their hard work will be of real value to us.”

‘Hooked’ on sea angling

IT Sligo students promote leisure tourism in fishing competition 

The North West of Ireland is already synonymous with some of the best surfing in Europe with surfers flocking from all over the world to take on the swell at locations like Mullaghmore, Strandhill and Rossnowlagh.

However, sea angling is fast emerging as another sport that could be championed by the region as it seeks to build on its position as a world-class water sport tourist destination.

Students studying the Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure at IT Sligo hosted the inaugural IT Sligo/RNLI Sea Angling Competition at Streedagh Beach in Sligo this week with the aim of promoting sea angling and the wider north-western coastal zone.

There were more than 40 participants at the event including Fáilte Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland, the RNLI and a range of local sea angling providers.  MV Spirit, a local marine leisure charter boat business, won first place and took home the perpetual trophy and tuition and judging was provided by Sligo Sea Shore Angling.

IT Sligo Recreation and Leisure lecturer Kerry Larkin said there’s ‘massive potential’ in the development of sea angling and other water based sports along the northwest coastal zone; “We’ve seen how surfing has attracted people from all over the world to this coast, and sea angling can do the same,” he said. “The competition was organised to show how accessible an activity it is and to showcase the fantastic resource we have in the coast. Almost 130,000 overseas visitors to Ireland last year said they travelled here for sea angling so there’s great potential for tourist providers in the North West if they can build on the number that come to this corner of the country.”

Bryan Ward, the Angling Information Officer with Inland Fisheries Ireland said there is ‘huge potential’ for growth in sea angling tourism; “Because licences aren’t required, it’s a very accessible activity and there’s an abundance of species on the northwest coastal shore,” he said. “We’ve seen a huge increase in people taking part in it in the South West coast in the last five years and there’s no doubt that the North West has the potential to grow the same way.”

The coastline in the North West is undoubtedly a key attraction for visitors to the North West, according to the Head of Operations at Fáilte Ireland North West, Martina Bromley; “Sligo has real potential in terms of sea angling and angling in general, with clean waters and a wonderful resource of the Atlantic Ocean on our doorstep,” she said. “One of the most exciting projects Fáilte Ireland is working on is the Wild Atlantic Way – a tourism project that will entice the overseas visitors and holiday makers to stop off and spend more time in the region and of course participate in some fishing when they are here. Angling in such pristine conditions is a real asset for Sligo and has great appeal to visitors.”

Proceeds from the competition will go towards the local RNLI organisation. For more information on IT Sligo’s BA in Recreation and Leisure see

Kuwaiti student promotes IT Sligo to a global audience

An international student at IT Sligo is promoting studying in Ireland to an international audience through the Education in Ireland website.

A student on the BSc in Biomedical Science, Fawwas Al Ahammari is the first Government-sponsored Kuwaiti student at IT Sligo, and he has just started a series of written and video blogs on the Education in Ireland website which is used as an information portal for studying in Ireland by students all over the world.

While Arabic is his first language, Fawwas has published six sci-fi themed books in English in Kuwait and is relishing the opportunity to communicate to students all over the world about studying at IT Sligo.

“I knew nothing about Sligo before I came here,” said Fawwas, who has eight brothers and three sisters, “but I really like Sligo because it’s smaller than the bigger cities but there is still plenty to do. Everyone is very friendly.”

He has adjusted to life in Sligo well and has joined a number of clubs, including the Aikido Society where he’s learning skills he needs for a part he will play in a play at home next Summer in one of Kuwait’s leading theatres, Kuwait Little Theatre.

A celebrated author and actor in his home country, he said he is keen to get his degree in Biomedical Science ‘for security’ to back up a potential career in the arts.

Patrick Lynch, Commercial and International Sales Manager at IT Sligo said that the Institute is making great strides in increasing the number of international students it’s attracting to Sligo; “This year we have experienced a 20 per cent increase in the number of international students’ enrolling.” he said. “We have students from France, USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and Oman.”

The international students add enormously to the fabric of student life at the Institute but they also play an important part in the local economy, he said. “International students, like all students, contribute to our local economy, but they also visit our tourist attractions, their families and friends come to visit them and importantly, when they go home they continue to act as ambassadors for the region.”

Internationalisation in higher education is highlighted as a strategic priority by the Government in the blueprint for the future of higher education, the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030.

To follow Fawwas blog about IT Sligo click here.

IT Sligo Skipper Sullivan Scores Stateside

Mayo Student wins Player of The Year Award in New York  

IT Sligo sports scholarship student Kathryn Sullivan has topped off a successful work placement in New York by scooping a prestigious prize that has made her a headline name in Ladies GAA in the Big Apple.

Already well known in the Irish student sports world as captain of IT Sligo Ladies team, Kathryn has been named New York Ladies GAA “Player of the Year” for her pivotal role in helping the Bronx-based Na Fianna club sweep the boards in the New York Ladies GAA cup competitions.

Kathryn (22), from Castlebar, Co Mayo, is in the third-year of the BA in Recreation and Leisure at the Institute. “I’m absolutely delighted,” she said. “I just wasn’t expecting the award.”

IT Sligo President, Professor Terri Scott said:  “This is a tremendous achievement by Kathryn and we all congratulate her on it.  She is one of the recipients of our annual Sports Scholarships and a great ambassador for IT Sligo and GAA. As a player and coach, her success is a perfect illustration of the energy and talent that we have here at IT Sligo.”

Blending practical experience with lecture hall learning, the Recreation and Leisure course entails a 12 week training placement. For Kathryn that meant a stay with the New York Celtics club in the Bronx, coaching under-14s.

As well as adult teams, New York Celtics has around 112 children in under-14 teams. In her concentrated five day a week role, Kathryn drew on skills she has honed at Sligo and in her own very active sporting life outside college.  She said the youngsters’ skills were an eye-opener.

“When I went over there, I didn’t expect the standard to be as good as it was, even among the under-8s. I was coaching mostly under-14 teams every evening and I was able to apply drills that I’ve learnt at Sligo. There would be weekend training ‘blitzes’ as well.

“Over there, football is just massive, not just among emigrant Irish but among American-born children of Irish parents.”

Her Player of the Year accolade resulted from her on-field performances with Na Fianna, a club founded in 21 years ago that she had also played with during a visit to New York in 2010.

Playing with Na Fianna Ladies this year, she helped them win the seven-a- side Barry Fitzgerald Cup, the 15-a-side Annie Kearney Cup and the Sean Faherty Championship, which is the highlight of the New York Ladies season.

Rosie O’Reilly Broderick, chairperson of the New York Ladies County Board, who is from Lavey, Co  Cavan, presented Kathryn with her award at a function in New York earlier this month.

The IT Sligo Sports Scholarship Scheme supports rising sport stars in a wide range of sports, from GAA to soccer, and surfing to boxing.  For more information see

Speaking Shows Strength

Rugby Legend Alan Quinlan to speak at “Speaking Shows Strength Week”

With Christmas fast approaching it can be a challenging time for many people least of all students with exams, rent and bills which all seems to come as once.

From Monday 26th to Wednesday the 28th of November IT Sligo Students’ Union hosted a series of events to mark ” Speaking Shows Strength Week “. The aim was to raise awareness of mental health issues, to actively support those suffering with any form of mental illness and to remove stigma associated with mental health.

Over the three days Paul Smith ITSSU Welfare Officer has been encouraging students to be conscious of their own mental health and most importantly to remember that “Speaking Shows Strength”.

Paul said, “It’s sad to say but every year more people are dying of suicide than on our roads and yet it can be a topic that many of us are unwilling to talk about. Depression affects 1 in 5 people and 1 in 4 will experience a mental health problem at some point. We are appealing to students to look after themselves and to be mindful of those around them”.

We were delighted to welcome Rugby Legend Alan Quinlan who discussed his personal issues and experiences with Mental illness with group of 40 students on Tuesday the 27th of November.

Sligo Student wins Gold at International Jiu Jitsu Championships

A Sligo student has proved that he is among the best in the world at the popular martial arts sport, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, after winning gold at a prestigious international championship in London.

Ryan Smyth, a third year student on the Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure programme at IT Sligo,  won gold at the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation)  International Open Championships  at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

A member of the Alliance Jiu Jitsu club in Sligo where he is also a coach, Smyth has been competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments for a number of years but this is his first major success at an international level. He won gold after beating Norway’s Jomel Engtroe in the final of the under 64kg purple belt division.

It was a hard fought victory for the Sligo town man who has already had considerable success at national level in this increasingly popular self defence art.

“I’ve come so close, so many times before, and fallen short many times, “, said Ryan (32) who also founded the Jiu Jitsu club at IT Sligo. “This time I was able to get the job done. All you can do is train hard, give your best and never give up.”

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a competitive sport and self-defence art where the focus is on taking your opponent to the ground, achieving positional control, and applying joint locks or strangles. This art has become increasingly popular around the globe in recent years.

Smyth paid tribute to his training partners at the Alliance club for their support and pointed out that the training facilities at the Knocknarea Arena in IT Sligo had been a great boost as he prepared for the championships.

A former electrician, Ryan had to change careers when the economy collapsed. “Work dried up and I decided to pursue something totally different, something I was really interested in.  I had been an electrician for 12 years.

“The course at IT Sligo is exactly what I wanted.  There is a great mix of sport and business. When I qualify I’d like to teach professionally in the martial arts – I already coach kids and we go into schools – so the recreation and leisure course is giving me the tools I need.”

Ryan’s focus now is on the European Jiu Jitsu Championships which will be held in January in Lisbon.  “I will be training hard,” he vowed.

‘Try a Tri’ in aid of National Suicide Research Foundation

IT Sligo students raised in excess of €750 in aid of the National Suicide Research Foundation at an innovative ‘Try an Tri’ event held in the Clarion Hotel.

Triathlons have experienced double digit growth in Ireland since 2007, with more than 140 events now taking place across the country each year.  However, while 20,000 Irish people took part in Triathlons last year, the average age of participants is between 30 and 34.

Students studying the Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure organised the Try a Tri event in order to promote the sport amongst third level students and to raise money for the National Suicide Research Foundation.

Teams were required to complete a 400m swim, a 10k bike ride and a 4k run, while individual entries completed a 200m swim, an 8k bike ride and a 3k run. The individual winner was Tomás Madden from Mayo, with a time of 36.17 while the IT Sligo team, which featured Kerry Larkin, Brian McMorrow and Bernadette Gilroy, came first in the team category with a time of 42.64.

Lecturer Paula Roddy says this is the first event of its kind at the Institute but there are plans to make it an annual event; “Participation in triathlons has exploded in Ireland in the last few years and organising an event like this gives the students a real taste of what’s involved in the management of a multi-team event,” she said. “We also hope that it will encourage more students to get involved in the sport. While we have a very strong sporting tradition at IT Sligo, we find that most students tend to focus on their chosen sport or activity and we hope that by ‘Trying a Tri’ they’ll be encouraged to diversify their training and enjoy what is a very sociable and competitive sport.”

The NSRF conducts research in the area of suicide prevention and is recognised by the Department of Health and Children and the World Health Organisation as the leading research unit in the field in Ireland. Irene O’Farrell, Research Officer at the NSRF acknowledged the efforts of the students by saying; “The National Suicide Research Foundation is delighted to be involved with this initiative by the Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure students at IT Sligo.  We thank them for choosing the National Suicide Research Foundation to be the beneficiary of the Try a Tri and for their hard work in organising and participating in the triathlon.”

The Clarion Hotel was the main sponsors of the event and provided the event, prizes and sponsorship.  Other sponsors included Seventh Wave surf School, Enniscrone, Voya Seaweed baths Strandhill, E.J’s menswear Sligo, Jack and Jones, Eason’s, Sligo, Wheats Catering, the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo Students’ Union and Cactus and Ruby wear.

The results were as follows:


  • 1st Thomas Madden 36.17
  • 2nd Paul Little 37.39
  • 3rd Paul Logan 38.37
  • Only female individual athlete: Lani Gregory 46.94


  • 1st IT Sligo Staff team – Kerry Larkin (swim) Brian McMorrow (bike) Bernadette Gilroy (run) 42.64
  • 2nd- 4th Yr Recreation & Leisure- Thelma Keenan (Swim) Brendan Butler (Bike) Denise Ward (run) 46.11
  • 3rd Clarion Staff team 2 – Mark Lewis (swim) Niall Walsh (run) 51.03

Sam Maguire set for IT Sligo’s Annual Conferring

In recognition of the contribution of IT Sligo’s former and current students on the All Ireland winning Donegal GAA team, the Sam Maguire Cup is set to make an appearance at the Institute’s Annual Conferring Ceremonies next week.

More than 1,800 graduates will be conferred at IT Sligo next Thursday and Friday, November 8th and 9th, with the first cohort of students graduating from programmes in Computing in Games Development, Supervisory Management, and a variety of programmes that were introduced to address the skills developments in the built environment and pharmaceutical sectors.

The Sam Maguire Cup and a number of the winning team’s players and management will be special guests at one of the conferring sessions on Thursday, November 8th, including current IT Sligo student Mark McHugh and his father, Martin McHugh who once coached the IT Sligo team.

President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott, said it’s a fitting tribute to the team and to the IT Sligo management team that worked with the players during their time at the Institute; “The IT Sligo representation at the All Ireland Football Final this year was outstanding. Between the Donegal and Mayo panels, 21 of them were either current students or alumni. The talent base was further recognised at the 2012 annual GAA All Star Awards when 5 of our graduates and Mark McHugh were named All Stars.  Karl Lacey who graduated in 2007 was also named player of the year,” she said.

“Sport is a very important part of student life at IT Sligo and we’re delighted that the Sam Maguire Cup and some of the team are joining us for what is a huge highlight in the academic calendar. The students being conferred have reached a milestone in their careers and they can be very proud of their achievements.  It was a great occasion to see the Sam Maguire return to the North West and it will be a very welcome guest at our conferring celebrations,” she said.

IT Sligo’s Sport Scholarship Scheme supports rising sport stars in a wide range of sports, from GAA to soccer, and surfing to boxing. For more information see

Experimenting Explored during Science Week at IT Sligo

Some 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the annual Science Fair at IT Sligo, which takes place on Sunday November 11, marking the beginning of Science Week 2012.

The Institute will also host nightly public lectures during the week on subjects including Amateur Rocketry, the Northern Lights, Septic Tanks and Bird Watching.

Science Week is celebrated throughout the country with the aim of promoting the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths in our everyday lives, and to demonstrate their importance to the future development of Irish society and to the economy.

IT Sligo’s annual Science Fair is the largest free event for families in the North West and boasts an action-packed programme where discovering the science behind the magic will be a key theme for all age groups. You can make your own prehistoric necklaces, build an X-box game, or examine the chemistry behind hip hop dancing. There will be events to suit very young children as well as those with some understanding of science.

The nightly lecture series features guest lectures on the Northern Lights (Monday, November 12), an evening of Science, Poetry and the Lives of Sligo Scientists (Tuesday, November 13), “Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about a Septic Tank” (Wednesday, November 14), the Irish Amateur Rocketry Association lecture “From Donegal to Space” (Thursday, November 15) and a lecture by Bird Watch Ireland (Friday, November 16).

Dr Jeremy Bird Head of the School of Science at IT Sligo says that Science Week is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to think about the importance of science in our everyday lives.

“The Science Fair is a great day out for families— we have found that even people who think they have no interest in science are fascinated by the experience,” he said. “Last year we had packed lecture theatres every night for the nightly public lecture series and we expect this year’s series to be just as popular. Science is all around us and we use the opportunity of Science Week every year to invite members of the public in to the Institute to learn more about how the subject applies to them and their everyday lives.”

The Science Fair takes place at IT Sligo from 12noon to 6pm on Sunday, November 11. The nightly lectures all take place at 7.30pm in IT Sligo with the exception of Tuesday Night’s event, which is being held in the Canis Major in the Clarion Hotel. Admission to all events is free and open to all members of the public to attend.

For more information see

IT Sligo Student Represents Ireland in European Qualifiers in Serbia

IT Sligo student Emma Hansberry is in Serbia this week as part of the under-19 ladies national side chasing a place in the European Championships.

The Sligo native who had the distinction of playing in a World Cup quarter final as part of the under 17 national team in 2010, says the aim is to get to the top of the group in the European qualifiers. Before flying out, Emma said she was looking forward to the three games, against Cyprus (Saturday 20th) Latvia (Monday 22nd) and Serbia (Thursday 25th)

“At this stage I’m really looking forward to it. We want to get to the top of the group”, said Emma, a first year Health, Science & Physiology student in the Institute.

The 18 year old, who started kicking a ball with her brothers at the age of four, got plenty of encouragement along the way not least from Sligo Rovers legend Chris Rutherford who is married to her aunt Bernie.

She was part of the local Ursuline College team which won two Connacht finals with the school,  and it is no surprise that she now plays for  IT Sligo’s GAA  and soccer clubs.

A talented Gaelic footballer she plays with St Mary’s and was on the intermediate county team which won the Connacht final this year.

“I have got great support at IT Sligo and am really enjoying the top notch facilities there,” said Emma. “My lecturers have been really understanding about my commitments at the European qualifiers and I’m really enjoying the course. It is perfect for someone like me who wants to work in sport but is still unsure about the precise job I want to end up in”.

Emma believes that the Health Science & Physiology programme will be an ideal foundation whether she opts for a career in physiotherapy, PE,  work in the leisure industry or some related area.

She says the sporting tradition at IT Sligo makes her feel very much at home.  Last year another Institute student, Aileen Gilroy,   played with the under 19 national team. “I was nervous a few weeks ago but at this stage I’m really looking forward to the qualifiers and just determined to do my best,” said Emma.

“Archaeology of Darkness”

Writer Brian Keenan will be among a panel of experts who will probe the theme of darkness at a conference in IT Sligo during the Halloween Bank Holiday weekend.

Fifteen speakers from Ireland, Britain and the US will address the “Archaeology of Darkness” conference   on such diverse subjects as ancient art, religion, prehistoric mining, caving, photography, and seasonal folk traditions during the one day event on Saturday, October 27th.

In his address “Bargaining with the Boatman”, Keenan will give his own unique insight into confinement and darkness as he describes the impact of four and a half years in captivity, as a hostage in Beirut from April 1986 to August 1990.

Emmy award winner Professor Jack Santino from Bowling Green State University in the US, will reflect the Halloween theme with a lecture about darkness and seasonal folk traditions, while another highlight will be Co Clare caver Tim O’Connell’s account of the 11 days he spent in 2010  in the world’s deepest cave. The Krubera-Voronja cave in Abkhazia, a disputed breakaway Georgian republic on the Black Sea, has been dubbed the “underground Everest”.

The conference is organised by Dr Marion Dowd a lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology in IT Sligo and Dr Robert Hensey, an expert on religious practices and belief systems in Neolithic Ireland, particularly the Irish passage tomb tradition.

In her lecture “In Search of Solitude in Darkness: Cave use in Late Bronze Age Ireland”, Dr Dowd will detail some of the fascinating artefacts she has uncovered in Irish caves. Dr Hensey will discuss people’s responses to darkness in the past and present in his address.

The eclectic programme will also include a lecture by Colman O Clabaigh OSB,  a monk of Glenstal Abbey and a medieval historian,  about  the role and experience of anchorites or religious recluses in Ireland between the twelfth and the seventeenth centuries. .

Professor Muiris O’Sullivan, Associate Professor of Archaeology and former Head of the UCD School of Archaeology will discuss the enigma of prehistoric art in Irish passage tombs.

In his lecture “Dark Places and Supernatural Light in Early Ireland”, Dr John Carey of UCC will explore the view that darkness was synonymous with enlightenment in early Gaelic tradition, while archaeological photographer Ken Williams will recount photographing some of Europe’s most spectacular dark places.

The event is open to all but places are limited. Further information and registration forms can be found at

Open Day

Our Open Day is a great way for prospective students and their parents to get a first-hand view of the Institute, and to really get a feel for the campus.

Walk around, sit in on a lecture, explore the campus and chat to students and lecturers. IT Sligo offers more than 50 CAO course options for entry in 2013 and is a dynamic and exciting place to study.

The Open Day will feature an exhibition of stands and a series of information sessions, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions of student work and laboratory visits will take place in the various departments throughout the campus.

Organised tours of the college campus will take place every 30 minutes to help you see all of the campus and its facilities and there are also information stands in key locations should you need some help in finding a talk or stand location.

A detailed programme of events will be provided soon. For more information contact the School Liaison Officer, Dara McGoldrick:

E: T: +071 9155383

Discover the ‘Magic of Maths’ during Maths Week

National Maths Week will be marked at IT Sligo on Monday, October 15th with a show by Dr. Steve Humble, otherwise known as Dr Maths.

How maths can be used to predict the future and to order the chaos around us are just two of the questions that will be explored in this fun and interactive show.

Having worked as a maths subject leader for over 20 years, Dr Humble has spent the last five years as a Senior Regional Coordinator for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). Now working as a Freelance Mathematics Consultant, he supports schools in raising their student achievement through creating a positive attitude to maths.

Carol Vorderman’s recent report on mathematics education for the UK Government described him as “an inspiring individual, providing opportunities for children to do mathematics that they find exciting and interesting”.

The show is open to the public and will be held at 11am and 2pm on Monday, October 15th in IT Sligo’s Hume Hall.  For queries regarding attendance, please contact

Mayo Student Highly Commended in Undergraduate Awards

An IT Sligo graduate from Foxford in Co Mayo has been highly commended in the 2012 Undergraduate Awards. Marie McDonnell was recognised in the Social Studies category for her essay entitled “An examination of effective services that collaboratively deliver a successful transition for young care leavers to adulthood.”

The 2012 Undergraduate Awards received coursework entries from 2890 students across Ireland, the USA, UK and Canada and the highly commended entrants are considered to be the top 10% of all submissions.  Joining Marie as highly commended entrants in the Social Studies category were students from as far afield as University of Chicago, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, McGill University, University of California, Los Angeles and Durham University.

Due to graduate from the BA Hons Applied Social Studies in November, Marie said she’s delighted to have her work recognised on such an international platform; “After all the assignments and the exams, it’s great to see it all pay off.”

The support services in Sligo for young people making the transition from being in care to independent living were the focus of the research that underpinned her commended dissertation. She said the focus on research and collaboration with external agencies was what attracted her to the course at IT Sligo; “I worked with Focus Ireland, the Social Services Access Office and the Leaving and Aftercare Service in the HSE and with residential care providers in the preparation of the research,” she said. “This type of engagement with external agencies is great for developing skills and networks.”

Congratulating Marie, President of IT Sligo Professor Terri Scott said; “To have her work and research recognised on an international stage such as this is a wonderful achievement and I would like to congratulate Marie and wish her well for her future endeavours. We place a huge emphasis on applied learning and collaboration with external bodies in all the disciplines we offer; there’s a mutual benefit for both the students and the participating organisations,” she said.

As a highly commended entrant, Marie will be invited to take part in the UA Summit – “a Davos for students” – which will bring together top students from around the world in Dublin from November 7th – 10th.  “This conference will serve as a three-day pop-up incubation centre for some of the world’s most exceptional young minds” said Louise Hodgson, UA Programme Director. “From hands-on workshops and talks with inspiring young achievers, entrepreneurs and academics to networking events with top graduate recruiters, the UA Summit is going to be one of the most exciting student-focused events in Europe”.

Patron of the Undergraduate Awards, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will award the 39 UA winners at the Undergraduate Awards Ceremony at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on November 9th for excellence and innovation within coursework at undergraduate level.

The UA Summit will also include the Forum on Higher Education that will bring together edupreneurs and pioneers in the field of education to discuss disruptive education.  Speakers include CEO of the Wolfram Group and world famous TEDster, Conrad Wolfram.  For further information on the UA Summit and the results of the 2012 Undergraduate Awards, please see

IT Sligo Custodial Care Course wins Excellence in Teaching Award

An innovative partnership between IT Sligo and the Irish Prison Board was recognised this week when 10 Institute staff were presented with a National Award for Excellence in Teaching at a special ceremony in Dublin Castle.

The IT Sligo team was honoured by the National Academy for Integration, Research and Learning (NAIRTL) for their role in designing and teaching the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care (HCCC), a programme designed for prison officers working for the Irish Prison Service.

Fifteen Higher Education staff representing six different Higher Education Institutions were recognised at the awards,   with five individual awards presented, as well one team award for IT Sligo. There were 32 nominations from 14 HE Institutions.

The IPS and IT Sligo commenced delivery of the HCCC in September 2007 and since then 740 prison staff have enrolled for the programme, which is  delivered over a two year period through  a mix of professional and vocational training. The learner-centred programme provides a mix of social science and health related subjects relevant to prison officer work, and is informed by contemporary research.

Fergus Timmons, Manager of the Programme, said it was the first time IT Sligo had received one of the NAIRTL awards and he described it as a great honour for the Institute. “It recognises and rewards our endeavours in developing and delivering what is an innovative programme, combining research with practical hands-on training in an area which was traditionally under-researched,” he said. Mr Timmons pointed out that the programme had been developed from scratch, being the first of its kind in the country, reflecting the flexible, adaptive and dynamic learning environment at IT Sligo.

“The HCCC is very much a collaboration with the IPS. It is a social science course which covers sociology, criminology, psychology, ethics, and health studies and there is a big emphasis on professional development and professional practices”, said Mr Timmons.

As well as face to face workshops,  participants  benefit from IT Sligo’s expertise in the area of online learning as part of the course is delivered though the Institute’s Moodle Virtual Learning Environment. “We are very conscious on the need to adapt to the circumstances of prison officers, who are also working in prisons around the country,” said Mr Timmons.

Dr Catherine O’Mahoney, acting Manager of NAIRTL praised the multi-disciplinary element of the IT Sligo team. “Their diversity makes them unique with staff involved in everything from conflict resolution to health and ethics,” she pointed out.

The Chair of the HCC programme is Dr Kevin Sludds,   a qualified therapist and contributor to the Government’s strategy on suicide prevention. Other members of the team include Sinead Barrins who lectures in advocacy and communications, Ethics lecturer, Finola Colgan-Carey , Dr Marcus Hopkins who runs the Humanising Conflict Group for those affected by conflict from any political or religious background and lecturer Dr Liam Leonard who is the current  President of the Sociology Association of Ireland.

Also involved are lecturer Paula Kenny, Treasurer of the Sociology Association of Ireland, Jessica Mannion a part-time Lecturer on both the Custodial Care and Social Studies courses in IT Sligo, Maresa McGee who has a  BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Neuropharmacology and works  as a Health Sciences lecturer in the Institute and Sinéad Meade,  a member of the Psychology Society of Ireland who  teaches communications, psychology, and professional practice and development to the prison staff

The individual award winners announced included:

  • Dr John Morrissey, Geography Department, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Professor Kevin Nolan, School of Postgraduate Studies, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Dr Martin Fellenz, School of Business, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Paul van Kampen, School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University
  • Professor Tony Ryan, Cork University Maternity Hospital, University College Cork

All Ireland Final

IT Sligo is looking forward to All-Ireland success – no matter what happens at Croke Park on September 23rd.

The Institute has strong links with both the Mayo and Donegal teams, with more than 20 present and former students involved between the two panels.

But the keenest rivalry on All-Ireland Sunday will probably be between pals Mark McHugh (22) the man dubbed Donegal’s “roving dynamo” and his IT Sligo Sigerson Cup team mate Kevin Keane, Mayo’s right corner-back, both beneficiaries of sports scholarships at the Institute.

Mark, named Man of the Match in the Ulster Final, and a second year Accounting and Finance student returned to the class room this week but will probably be forgiven by his lecturers if he had other things on his mind over the next fortnight.

 His team mate Kevin Keane a third year Quantity Surveying student is also savouring the All-Ireland buzz gathering momentum in the college.

 “Mayo played brilliantly against Dublin. I play with Kevin and a few of the other Mayo lads for the college and was delighted for them. There is going to be a huge buzz around the place for the next few weeks,” said Mark.

Kevin Keane who celebrated his 22nd birthday the day after Mayo’s impressive win over Dublin, reckons that a lot of GAA supporters around the country are delighted to see different counties reaching the final this year. “It will be a novelty for people all over the country. When we were playing on the college team last year it probably never struck Mark and myself that we’d be meeting up on Croke Park at the end of September,” he conceded.

Both players acknowledge that it will be a fiercely fought battle to the 70th minute. “When we go on the pitch we will be going into battle,” said Kevin, a member of the Westport club. “But after the game winner takes all but we will shake hands no matter who wins”.

“We may not be friends for the 70 minutes but we will be pals when it is over,” agreed Mark who plays with local club Kilcar. His father Martin as well as being a former Donegal GAA legend, had a role in coaching the first IT Sligo team to win the Sigerson Cup. Mark admitted to being “quietly confident” but pointed out: “Mayo are hungry as well and they quite rightly are confident after that performance against Dublin.”

Both Mark and Kevin acknowledged the importance of having a sports scholarship when they travel home so regularly for training. “The scholarship helps with the rent and the fuel costs,” Mark pointed out.

President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott, said that the Institute prioritises investment in sport and its sports facilities. More than €50,000 is allocated in Sport Scholarships to students each year; “IT Sligo has a very proud tradition and achievement in sport and we encourage and support our students to participate in, and to excel at, their chosen sport in every way we can. To that end, we have recently invested €2 million upgrading campus sports facilities and students now have the benefit of flood-lit playing pitches, an astro turf facility, an international standard running track and the fully equipped Knocknarea Arena.”

“We have a particularly strong record in GAA, having won the Sigerson Cup three times in the last decade, and we’re delighted with the success of all our students and alumni in this year’s Championship. May the best team win!,” she said.

The support of the Institute’s GAA Club is doubtlessly a major contributor to the significant success of its students and alumni. “We get great support in the Institute from people like Michael Harte in the GAA club and we have everything we need there in terms of facilities,” testified Kevin Keane.

Sligo man Michael Harte who is the Gaelic games promotions officer at the Institute is wisely staying strictly neutral for the final. He pointed out that 11 of the Mayo side have (strong) IT Sligo connections including current students Kevin Keane, Danny Geraghty, Micheal Forde and Evan Regan who are on the bench for the final. IT Sligo alumni on the Mayo panel include Colm Boyle, Alan Freeman, Keith Higgins, captain Andy Moran who is out with an injury , Michael Walsh and Pat Harte who is also injured with a broken ankle. Alan Dillon and the Team Manager, James Horan, also studied online courses through the Institute.

Donegal players who formerly attended IT Sligo include Paul Durcan, brothers Eamonn and Niall McGee, Karl Lacey, Christy Toye and Barry Dunnion while Donegal selector Rory Gallagher is a former student, as is goal keeping Coach Pat Shovlin.

“It’s going to be a great occasion for us but I am going to stay strictly neutral,” said Michael Harte.

IT Sligo Supports Yeats International Summer School Students

The links between IT Sligo and the poet W B Yeats have been further underlined by the Institute’s decision to fund bursaries for three students attending the recent International Yeats Summer School.

The Yeats Society has paid tribute to the Institute for its decision to award the scholarships to people who themselves are involved in education, thus ensuring that a love of the poet’s work will be passed on in classrooms around the country.

The President of the Society, Mr Joe Cox, said that the bursaries provided a wonderful opportunity to beneficiaries who otherwise might not have been in a position to attend the school in Sligo and soak up Yeats’ work in the landscape so beloved of the poet.

“Apart from the academic element of the school, I think there were many highlights for participants, notably the reading by Seamus Heaney and the concert by Steve Wickham”, said Mr Cox.

The IT Sligo bursaries were awarded to students from north and south of the border.

They included Ms Noreen Carolan, Head of Sixth Form at Oakgrove Integrated College in Derry, who has over 30 years’ experience in post primary education in Northern Ireland. A lifelong admirer of Yeats’ work, since she read the “Fiddler of Dooney” as a child, Noreen said that participation in the school had reinforced her love for the musical cadences in the poetry.

Mr Daithi Gormley from Ballintogher, County Sligo, a graduate in History and Irish from University College Dublin and a noted traditional musician also commented on the musicality of the poetry. He was also drawn to the school because of a wish to explore Yeats’ passion for folklore.

The third beneficiary was Sligo native Olga Ni Fhearraigh, an undergraduate student at St Angela’s College which overlooks Lough Gill. As a trainee teacher she relished the opportunity to enhance her knowledge of Yeats’ life and work by listening to the insights of academics and experts from Ireland and abroad.

Reflecting on the school, she said one of the main things she learned, through studying the work of Yeats and meeting international students was how interaction between people has an influence on the way we live our lives.

IT Sligo funded tuition fees and made a contribution to any maintenance costs incurred by the three students.

Mr Cox, a former Head of School at IT Sligo, said the bursaries were a welcome reminder of the importance of having a holistic approach to education. “I think it is important to give someone in third level education a rounded approach by exposing them to interests which will last a lifetime,” he said.

Two years ago the then President Mary McAleese acknowledged the great literary heritage of the region when she officially inaugurated the Yeats Library Building at IT Sligo, marking the Institute’s 40th anniversary.

IT Sligo graduate Lydia Concannon this week begins a six months residency at the Abbey Theatre. Lydia, a native of Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, was selected for the first annual Yeats Design Residency, part of an innovative partnership between the Institute and the national theatre, which was co-founded by Yeats.

IT Sligo offers new Funded Research Opportunities

IT Sligo has announced a major expansion of its research funding schemes with up to 30 students set to benefit this year.

This funding boost for prospective high calibre students underlines the Institute’s commitment to research as the lifeblood of the higher education sector.

Now in its third year, the President’s Bursary Award Scheme has been given a significant boost for the 2012/13 academic year. This year an additional 10 students will receive funding under the scheme which as always encourages research in areas which are aligned to the Institute’s strategic academic themes and national strategic priorities.

The Institute has also announced the launch of an innovative Strategic Research Student Fund this year under which up to 20 national and international students will have their tuition fees waived.

Successful candidates for the President’s Bursary Awards will receive an annual stipend of €7,250 plus a waiver of tuition fees for up to three years.

Dr John Bartlett, Head of research at IT Sligo explained that in a new departure this year,  students themselves are  being invited to submit proposals  across a number of specified areas which have the potential to boost Ireland’s economic and social recovery and sustainability.

“Allowing students to propose projects in this way will encourage innovation based on their ambitions, foresight and experience in other academic programmes nationally and internationally,” explained Dr Bartlett.

Proposals for research degrees are being invited across the following disciplines: Sustainability and Clean Technologies; Creativity and Design; Quality of Life and Healthcare, and Economy and Society.

“These areas reflect our core strategic research themes and we are confident that this year’s cohort of research Masters and PhD students will enhance our hard won reputation for competence, capability and innovation, and our track record,” said Dr Bartlett.

In addition to bursaries, the Institute is offering fee waivers to up to 20 research students under the new Strategic Research Student Fund. Dr Bartlett said this new funding mechanism would be particularly attractive for international students.

“This fund will increase student numbers and also enhance IT Sligo’s reputation for research which has the potential to boost Ireland’s economic and social recovery and sustainability,” the Head of Research stressed.

“We believe the expansion of our research funding further underlines our ability to achieve Technological University status at a time when the third level sector is preparing for major change,” he added.

The deadline for applications for the President’s Bursary Awards scheme and the Strategic Research Student Fund is Friday 21st September 2012.

For further information on the applications process see or contact the Research Office at:

Sligo County Council support ambition to be re-designated as a TU.

Sligo County Council is being called on to support a move to achieve Technological University Status for the region.

IT Sligo’s President, Professor Terri Scott gave a presentation to members at this afternoon’s meeting of the local authority on plans to form a cluster of institutes in the region.

The Institute has developed a Memorandum of Understanding with LYIT and GMIT which has been backed by the three Institutes’ Governing Bodies.

The three Institute’s proposal is to merge with a view to applying for re-designation as a Technological University by 2017/2018.
Councillors backed the plan and offered their full support to the move in the future.
Professor Scott also said the second phase of the refurbishment of part of the IT created in 1970’s would go to tender next week and she said this coupled with the extension of the science building would create 400 jobs in the construction phase.

Creative Design solutions for cigarette butts and graffiti

Creative Design student’s work showcased at end of year exhibition

Creative Design students in IT Sligo’s class of 2012 have tackled an array of challenges from how to dispose of cigarette butts and discourage graffiti,  to  the design of furniture and a stairs aid for the elderly.

In an impressive end of year exhibition, the students showcased their creations, and according to Nevil Walsh, chair of the Creative Design programme, demonstrated a flair for entrepreneurship as well as creativity.

 “What was most striking was the level of research and also the entrepreneurship involved,” said the lecturer. “They all came up with real life issues and with new ideas for tackling them”.

Fourth year Creative Design student Magdalena Przyblonska was so appalled by the scale of environmental damage caused when people discard cigarette butts that she resolved to design a solution.  Polish-born Magda who lives in Sligo designed “Butt-E” a bag which is chemical resistant and also corrosion and weather resistant and so a safe receptacle for butts.

“It’s a problem that tends to be over-looked but I did a lot of research and found that every year 5.6 trillion  cigarettes butts are thrown  on the streets of cities and towns around the world. They are not biodegradable – one cigarette butt can kill one fish”, she pointed out. Magda said her aim was to make people think about the consequences of their behaviour and about the chemicals which soak into the ground and eventually seep into water sources, when a butt is careless tossed on the ground.

Her classmate David Hennessy (21) from Drumsna Co Leitrim designed an anti- graffiti app for a smart phone.  “If someone spots graffiti the app helps them identify the exact location and then report it to a control unit, possibly run by a local authority,” he explained.

He believes the app which would cost from €2,000 to €4,000 to develop would pay for itself as immediate removal is the key to deterring other “artists”.  When graffiti remains in situ “there is a free for all”, David added.

“In Dublin alone €300,000 is spent every year removing graffiti so an app would pay for itself” the Leitrim student stressed.

One of the most impressive exhibits at the recent end of year showcase in IT Sligo was the range of seats made by the first year Creative Design students, entirely from cardboard, without any glues or tacks.

Rory Kelly (30) a first year student from Templeboy, Co Sligo made a stool from two sheets of cardboard with no glues, adhesive material or tacks. lt was modelled on traditional woven stools made by many grandmothers and still popular in many pubs. “I am over 14 stone and I can sit on it,” said Rory a carpenter by trade, who ran a business with five employees before the downturn.

Rory who also designed a poster for the exhibition, decided to return to the classroom when work dried up and is delighted with the Creative Design course. “I am doing things I never knew I could do. I have been introduced to graphics on the computers and lot of other things that I am really enjoying,” he explained.

Graduates of the Creative Design programme at IT Sligo are equipped to work in a broad range of design areas including as industrial designers, product designers, exhibition designers, furniture designers, interior designers or in web, multi media or graphic design. For more information see or call 071 91 55222.

Direct Application Initiative targeting students from Northern Ireland at IT Sligo

The Institute of Technology in Sligo has announced additional places for students from Northern Ireland applying for entry in 2012. A new initiative under which students can apply directly to the Institute opens opportunities on a number of its degree programmes for students undertaking Applied A Levels and BTEC qualifications, as well as Academic A Levels.

The institute offers over 70 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of disciplines across science, engineering, business and social sciences.

Speaking about the initiative, President of IT Sligo and Derry native, Professor Terri Scott, said that the number of students at the Institute from Northern Ireland has grown over the past number of years.  “Career advisors, parents and students in Northern Ireland are getting more and more aware now of the wide range of options available to them and they’re discerning about the choices they’re making. The Department and Employment and Learning have recently confirmed that registration fees for students studying in the Republic will be covered by the Department up until 2013.”

She continued: “All qualifications offered at the institute are recognised on the National Framework for Qualifications and our courses are also compliant with Bologna accord opening opportunities for students to transfer credits internationally.   In addition the Institute offers international exchange with the United States and up to 100 Erasmus internships annually”.

More than 15 Business, Science and Engineering Degree programmes are included in the pilot scheme. Full details of the programmes, including the application form and minimum entry requirements are available on . The closing date for applications is September 3rd

IT Sligo is just one hour from Enniskillen and approximately two hours from Derry.

Free CV Clinics at IT Sligo’s Innovation Centre

IT Sligo’s Innovation Centre will host free, walk-in CV clinics with HR professionals from June 12 to 14.

This is a unique opportunity to discuss your CV and career aspirations with local human resources professionals. Sessions are completely free and on a walk-in, first-come first-served basis.

The clinics will run on Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 June from 10 am – 12noon and 2pm – 4pm

Everyone is welcome, particularly jobseekers.  Participants are asked to bring along their current CV.

This initiative is supported by the IT Sligo’s Innovation Centre and the CIPD North West Branch. For more information see

New course in Environmental Engineering at IT Sligo

Demand for engineers in some sectors may have declined in recent years due to the slowdown in the construction industry, but experts have warned that the increased focus on water and energy is leading to a shortage of environmental engineers.

 IT Sligo has over 30 years experience in delivering courses in the water engineering and environmental areas and is perfectly poised to meet the growing needs of industry in this area. The Institute has just unveiled details of a new three year Ordinary Bachelor of Engineering degree programme in Environmental Engineering.

The programme has been developed in response to the demand from both industry and from students for a level 7 qualification in Environmental Engineering tailored to suit this growing sector.

It is anticipated that significant spending will occur in the area of water and wastewater in the coming years in Ireland, with the introduction of a single national body for the management of our water supplies, and the introduction of water charges to individual users.

Mr PJ Rudden, President of Engineers Ireland, recently indicated that a shortage of qualified Environmental Engineers in the country has meant that   Environmental Science graduates are being recruited to fill jobs in the Waste Management, Energy and Environmental areas.

Trevor McSharry, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at IT Sligo has pointed out that graduates of the new programme will be qualified for a range of jobs with local authorities, government agencies, engineering contractors, environmental consultants, Environmental Contractors and Environmental Operators both in Ireland and abroad.

“Students entering college have a huge desire to undergo studies in areas with good jobs potential,” he pointed out.  “The most recent Forfas guide on current and future skills needs in Ireland,  as well as recent comments made by the president of Engineers Ireland has confirmed that there is a shortfall of Environmental Engineering graduates. “.

The School of Engineering and the department of Environmental Science in IT Sligo had collaborated to create this new programme, a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree in Environmental Engineering starting this September 2012 (CAO code SG335).

“This new and innovative programme is unique in that it provides a strong foundation in the principles of Civil Engineering in the first two years and specialises in the Environmental Engineering and Science areas in the third year”, Mr McSharry stressed.

He said that the programme was attracting a lot of interest due to the growing focus on the development of effective water provision, environmental protection and sustainable development in Ireland. “On completion of the course graduates will have a range of options for further studies at IT Sligo in the areas of environmental science, construction project management and civil engineering,” Mr McSharry added

Students of the new programme will be introduced during the first two years to civil and environmental engineering areas of structural, hydraulic, geotechnical and highway engineering as well as project and site management. In the third year significantly more emphasis will be placed on environmental matters.

 It is hoped that the course will be recognised as meeting the educational standard required for Associate Engineer Membership of Engineers Ireland in due course. This would meant that the  IT Sligo qualification will be recognised in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States, thus offering exciting opportunities for work and travel abroad.

For more information see

Sligo Way Challenge

Sligo Way Challenge in aid of Outreach Moldova 

Leitrim student encourages people to get involved

Hiking and Orienteering are two of the outdoor activities studied by first year students of IT Sligo’s Bachelor of Business (Recreation and Leisure), and one eager student plans to put what he has learned to practice straight away with an ambitious two-day hike across the Sligo Way on June 30 and July 1 in aid of a Moldavian Orphanage.

Sean Watters, from Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, is organising the challenge in aid of Outreach Moldova along with a friend from Dromahair, Co Leitrim – Brian McMorrow. Sean’s classmate, Sligo GAA Captain Ross Donovan has also signed up to take part.

The walk will start at Larrigan near Lough Talt in the Ox Mountains near the Mayo border and continue to Dromahair in County Leitrim, taking in views of Ben Bulben, Slieve League, the Isle of Inishfree and Lough Gill and reaching almost 900 metres at points.

The benefiting Charity, ‘Outreach Moldova’, was founded by an Irish woman Dr Suzanne O’Connell, and provides medical care and social inclusion for children that have been abandoned or orphaned and children with special needs and children with terminal illnesses.

Sean is encouraging people to get involved in the challenge. Having travelled to the orphanage last summer, he’s keen to raise as much money as possible for it again this year; “The children at the orphanage rely on volunteers that travel out there every summer,” he said. “The money raised by volunteers goes towards the running of the facility and during the two weeks we spend there, we help to keep the children active and engaged.”

He says he’ll be using a lot of the skills he has learned in his course at IT Sligo with the children at the orphanage when he returns there this August; “This year, we had a number of sessions with Shane Hayes from the Sligo Sports Partnership, who coached us in skill development, from the most basic level. Getting the children active helps them, mentally and physically.”

Participants in the challenge will camp overnight at a selected route along the way.  Anyone who is interested in getting involved in The Sligo Way Challenge – or who would like to join the group for even part of the hike – can contact Sean at (087) 7550285 or by emailing

 For more information see

Yeats Design Residency

Abbey Theatre and IT Sligo launch Yeats Design Residency

~ ‘We must keep young talented theatre makers in Ireland – Fiach MacConghail ~

The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre and the Institute of Technology, Sligo today (Thursday 3 May 2012) mark the launch of an exciting partnership to nurture the talent of young Theatre Design students in the Institute’s Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Performing Arts.

As part of the historic initiative, an IT Sligo graduate will this summer take up the first, annual six-month Yeats Design Residency, during which they will work with world-class directors, designers and production staff on a range of productions in the Abbey and Peacock Theatre.  A series of work placement opportunities and collaboration on student projects have also been agreed.

The Yeats Design Residency bursary will be awarded to one student at the end of May. As part of their course, students were given the task of designing a set for A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Abbey stage by Abbey Theatre Technical Director, Gavin Harding. Students were provided with a design brief, a budget and a timeline, in the same way professional designers are. At a reception today at the Abbey Theatre, students will display and present their set designs.

Fiach MacConghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre said; ‘The Abbey Theatre’s founders were committed to the importance of design in the national theatre. We are committed to ensuring the healthy future of that tradition by nurturing young theatre makers. This partnership gives young set designers an insight into the professional business of theatre. Many set designers go abroad to hone their craft. We must keep young theatre makers in Ireland by offering them support and opportunities. When I visited IT Sligo, I was struck by the sheer talent on display and the quality of the teaching which is world-class. I’m delighted to announce this partnership today’.

President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott, said; ‘We are delighted to be formalising our association with the Abbey Theatre in this new venture. It’s fitting that two of WB Yeats’s greatest passions – the Abbey Theatre and Sligo – should come together in a partnership that fosters creativity. Providing career opportunities for our students is a priority for us and this partnership with our national theatre will give our undergraduates invaluable experience at the highest level’.

Frank Conway, who is a lecturer on the IT Sligo Performing Arts programme, is a former Head of Design at the Abbey Theatre and was instrumental in the development of the partnership. Speaking at the launch, he said; ‘Training in theatre design is the basis for a wide range of career opportunities in theatre and costume design, film and television production design, commercials, music videos, dance and opera. Many of these skills are currently brought in from abroad. I had to travel abroad many years ago for my own training. It’s a gift to have this course in Sligo, and now to have it so firmly associated with the Abbey Theatre.’

This partnership gives IT Sligo students the chance to gain work experience at the Abbey Theatre during their four year course. This will allow them gain insight into a working theatre, all aspects of theatre production, stage management and lighting and sound. Students will have the opportunity to attend technical and dress rehearsals, costume fittings, production meetings and attend meetings and talks with creative practitioners, directors, writers and designers. Members of the Abbey Theatre Production Department will participate in student assessments and the final year presentation process.

Speaking from London, OBE Award Winning Designer and Director of the internationally acclaimed Motley Theatre Design Course, Alison Chitty, said; ‘I am aware of the IT Sligo course in theatre design and its core philosophy of design as a way to release the play. I personally know some of the highly experienced tutors and the quality and high standards they invest in the course. I am delighted to see its development and totally endorse it, and the development of this historic relationship with Ireland’s national theatre.’

The BA (Hons) in Performing Arts at IT Sligo is the only full-time, degree programme which specialises in theatre design in Ireland. It has been running since 2006. The 2012 Graduate Exhibition of the programme will be launched in The Model in Sligo by the Abbey Theatre’s Technical Director, Gavin Harding, next Tuesday, 8th of May at 6pm.

The Abbey Theatre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.

SciFest2012 filmed at SciFest2012 which was held in the Knocknarea Arena at IT Sligo on May 4th. The package (which features interviews with a number of staff and students) will be broadcast on  SKY TV showcase Channel 201 this Thursday (May 17th) at 9.00pm. It will be repeated an hour later on Sky Showcase +1 Channel 235 and also on  Sunday and Monday at 7pm on Channel 201.

It will be broadcast at the same time on and will be available on Freesat 403 and Free to view services.

Fusion Project

Three lecturers from the School of Engineering at IT Sligo are advising a family owned contracting and development business in Northern Ireland on the development of a new low cost, energy efficient modular housing model akin to the German Hauf Haus.

Pat Naughton, Tomas O’Flaherty and Peter Scanlon have joined Kelly Brothers in an InterTradeIreland Fusion project, which they hope will lead to the company entering the manufacturing side of the construction industry for the first time.

The project will involve the development of a prefabricated turn-key modular house for both the domestic and export market.

“Sustainability is central to both the process and the end product,” explained Pat Naughton. “We will be advising Kelly Brothers on how to utilize the most efficient processes and systems to maximise the energy rating and reduce waste in the development of the modular house.”

This is the Institute’s first involvement in an InterTradeIreland Fusion project. The initiative matches businesses in the North with academic expertise in the South, and vice versa, and involves the recruitment of a graduate by the leading company. For more information see

Enterprise & Innovation Week

IT Sligo is set to hold their annual Enterprise and Innovation week running from the 19th to the 23rd of March 2012.

In a new addition to the already hugely successful week, Friday the 23rd is aimed at students from IT Sligo as well as Transition Year students from secondary schools in the surrounding area. The day entitled “Inspirational Business Day” is designed to inspire students into launching their own business. The day will include talks from successful businesses within the Innovation Centre. These include Hodson Moore Pathology, Poll Daddy, and Epona Biotech as well as a tour of the Innovation Centre itself, and up for grabs on the day is a computer tablet!

The event is being organised by Year 3 students of Bachelor of Business in Marketing with Event Management and Public Relations. The day aims to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit within young people. Niall McEvoy, Head of Innovation at the Innovation Centre said of the day “Inspirational Business Day is a new feature for Enterprise and Innovation Week 2012. This day is completely organised by our Event Management and PR students and gives them a real world project to play with. I commend their enthusiasm and energy.”

While broadly aimed towards students the event is open to the general public and will take place on Friday 23rd of March from 10 until 1 at the Innovation Centre on the campus of IT Sligo. It promises to be an informative and inspirational day. For further information please contact Laura on 0879781370.

Minister’s Visit

Students’ Union President outlines concerns to Minister

Last Friday Minister Quinn visited IT Sligo to launch Citrix which isa leading provider of virtual computing solutions that help people work and play from anywhere on any device. More than 250,000 enterprises rely on Citrix to create better ways for people, IT and business to work through virtual meetings, desktops and data centres. Citrix virtualisation, networking and cloud solutions deliver over 100 million corporate desktops and touch approximately 75 percent of Internet users each day.

During the Minister’s visit James Dillon, President of IT Sligo Students’ Union outlined the concerns of the IT Sligo Student Body to Minister for Education and Skills, Ruari Quinn.

Mr. Dillon made reference to the high calibre of Post Graduate Students at IT Sligo, and the great work they are partaking in relating to the areas of research and development, and their value to the region. and asked the Minister if he believed that 54m cuts to Post Graduate funding was justified.

Minister Quinn acknowledged the great work of post graduate students in IT Sligo and Nationally

Mr. Dillon went on to ask the Minister, in light of the recommendations of the National Strategy for Higher Education (Hunt Report) that third level funding was inadequate to meet current demand, and that the sectors needs increased funding from public and private means, does he feel that placing the burden of this on the students with a 50% increase in the Student Contribution Charge by 2015 to €3,000 (Currently €2,000) was acceptable.

The Minister responded that the Department of Education department are working on greater efficiencies regarding the funding of 3rd level sector

Finally Mr Dillon asked the Minister would he be willing to engage with student representatives from USI in addressing the issues to which the Minister said the department of education would be willing to engage with USI in addressing the issue of funding.

Fight Like A Girl

Here’s your chance to win a brand new iPad 2 All you need to do is submit a video of up to five minutes on Why It’s Important To Get Vaccinated Against Cervical Cancer.
It can be as funny, crazy, sad or as outrageous as you’d like all we ask is that you keep your clothes on!!
Post your video on by Friday March 16th and make sure to promote it by asking your friends to ‘like’ it. Please say your name and your college in your introduction on the video.
The top three videos with the most likes will be judged by the final panel and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Thursday March 22nd.
Make sure to sign up for your own cervical cancer vaccination on March 7th at the IT Sligo Campus. Good luck!
This competition is only open to IT Sligo students and we need at least ten entries for the competition to be valid.

Win an iPad 2

h3>Win an iPad 2 in the ‘Imagine IT Sligo’ photo competition

With the February 1st CAO deadline approaching, we have launched an innovative social media campaign encouraging prospective students to get more familiar with the courses on offer at IT Sligo.

People who are considering their college options are being asked to submit photographs of themselves with the IT Sligo Prospectus, in the Imagine IT Sligo Photo Competition. The more wonderful or weird the location, the better!

The competition is an interactive approach to encourage prospective students to get more familiar with the 50-odd CAO options we offer.

‘Imagine IT Sligo’ Photo Competition Details:
?All photo entries must include the IT Sligo prospectus.
?Operated through our Facebook page, the first prize for the competition is an iPad 2 worth almost €500, and two runners up will receive an iPod Touch.
?The competition is for prospective new students to IT Sligo (minimum age for entry is 15 years); it is therefore not open to any current IT Sligo staff or students.
? After the photo submission closing date (12noon, February 2nd) a shortlist of the top photographs will be compiled.
?Shortlisted photos will then be displayed on the IT Sligo Facebook page for members of the public to view and to vote for their favourite.
? Full details and terms and conditions of the competition are available below and on our Facebook page.

How to get an IT Sligo Prospectus:
?While the IT Sligo Prospectus is available online here, a physical copy is required for the purpose of the competition.
?To get your hands on a copy of the IT Sligo Prospectus, just email and we will post one to you free of charge.

Graduate Fair

Free workshops on interview skills and CV techniques, and information talks on how to maximise work experience opportunities abroad are amongst the features of this year’s IT Sligo Graduate Fair, which will be held in the  Hume Hall in IT Sligo on Tuesday, November 29th from 11am to 3pm.

The Graduate Fair is a must for students, graduates, job seekers and those wishing to re-train or up-skill in what has become a hugely competitive and challenging work environment. Local and national employers, education providers, professional bodies and State agencies will all be represented at what is one of the biggest employment event in the North West.

This will be a very much a ‘hands-on’ Fair, with a number of practical workshops from experts throughout the day, aimed specifically at empowering the individual to exploit their own unique skills set.

Visitors to the fair will meet with potential employers and may have an opportunity to take part in preliminary interviews. Respected employers in attendance will range from Intel and Abbott Ireland to Pramerica and Lotus Technical Services.

Education providers will be visiting from as far afield as St Marys University College Twickenham, Portsmouth University, Edge Hill University and University of Ulster. NUI Galway, Open University, Griffith College Dublin and NUI, Maynooth Graduate School will also be represented.

Recruiting agencies in attendance include Gradireland, CCP Recruitment, Collins McNicholas and Sli Nua Careers.

IT Sligo Careers Officer, Adette Ring, said: “I would advise anyone who is coming close to finishing college or who is looking for employment to attend our Graduate Fair. There are many different options available for people who are graduating from college and for those who are out of work and need to change direction – and sometimes it can be difficult to decipher what is the best route to take. Experts in recruitment, employers and professionals from higher education institutions will be at the fair and it is a valuable and convenient opportunity to learn about all these options under the one roof.”

Ms Ring advised people planning to attend the Fair to bring updated copies of their Curriculum Vitae. The IT Sligo Graduate Fair will take place from 11am to 3pm on November 29th in Hume Hall in the Student’s Services Building. For more information contact the Careers Office at (071)9155448 or

Image Caption: Hundreds of people attended last year’s Graduate Fair at IT Sligo.

Science Week @ IT Sligo

Up to 5,000 visitors  attended the annual Science Fair at IT Sligo, which took place from 12noon to 6pm last Sunday November 13, marking the beginning of Science Week 2011 at the

The largest free event for families in the North West, the Science Fair boasts an action-packed programme where discovering the science behind the magic will be a key theme for all age

Visitors to the college were treated to an atmospheric jaunt through the wonders of science and were able to learn more about everything from ancient “zombies” to the threat of climate change in today’s world.

There were events to suit very young children as well as those with some understanding of science.

“It really is an event for all the family,” stressed Ivan Sullivan a lecturer at the School of Science and organiser of the Science Fair. “In one afternoon you can build your own scientific toy and launch it, see an eagle up close, admire a fire-breathing dragon and then learn to dance, hip-hop style!” He explained that the theme of this year’s Science Week is The Chemistry of Life “and all of these activities are related to chemistry in some way”.

Science Magician  Paul McCrory was back by popular demand with his “Magic, Science or Mystery” show where water will be made to disappear, tornadoes will appear in bottles and volunteers will bravely sit on a chair of nails and learn why their backsides escape without so much as a scrape.

The nights sky is a source of fascination for people of all ages and the return of Dr Ed Barnett which his mobile planetarium promises to be a major attraction at the Science Fair.

One of the most fascinating events was presented by archaeologist and IT Sligo lecturer Chris Read, who has garnered international headlines with his account of how two skeletons buried with large stones wedged into their mouths in a historic site in Co Roscommon, suggest an ancient belief in “zombies” .

Dr Jeremy Bird head of the School of Science at IT Sligo says the Science Fair is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to think about   the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives.

“The Science Fair is a great day out for families— we have found that even people who think they have no interest in science are fascinated by the experience”.

Nightly, free public lectures will also be hosted at IT Sligo from Monday November 14th to 18th ranging in topic from extraterrestrial life to the causes of Alzheimer’s disease, and from DNA discoveries at mass graves to the use of drugs in sport. For more information see

ITSSU call on local Government TD’s to honour pre-election promises


Political Parties Must Honour Pre-election Promises on Third Level Fees & Student Supports


IT Sligo Students’ Union (ITSSU), St Angelas Students’ Union, together with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) this week placed a full page advertisement in a number of national newspapers branding Government TDs as ‘Liars’. The advertisements, aimed at ensuring the Government honours its pre-election promises on 3rd level fees, lists the name along with the political party, email address and phone number of every Government TD.


On February 21st, during the final week of campaigning in Election 2011 then Labour Party Spokesperson on Education and current Education Minister Ruairí Quinn publically signed a USI pledge on behalf of the Labour Party stating


I, Ruairi Quinn, Education Spokesperson for the Labour Party hereby pledge that if elected, we will oppose and campaign against any new form of third level fees including student loans, graduate taxes and any further increase in the Student Contribution.


Furthermore, we pledge to use our position in Dáil Éireann to protect the Higher Education Maintenance Grant from any and all cuts. This Grant is often the only source of funding students have to support their studies.

If the State and the Government are to truly cherish all the children of the country equally, then this Grant must be supported and we will not support any Government that fails in this regard.”


The following day (February 22nd) party leader and current Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD also signed the pledge, publically re-affirming the Labour Party’s commitment on 3rd level fees.

Fine Gael also made a strong commitment on education in its election manifesto, stating that the party would not increase 3rd level fees further.


“We will not increase the student registration fee further. Instead, we will pursue greater pay and non-pay efficiencies in the third level system through greater flexibility in working arrangements, in line with the Croke Park Agreement.’ (Fine Gael Election Manifesto)”


Following sustained media speculation surrounding yet another increase in 3rd level fees, USI contacted every Government TD by post and telephone over the last two months asking them to stand by their pre-election promises. Despite vocal and sustained undertakings on third level education during election 2011 not a single TD was now willing to stand by their pre-election promises. 


The national newspaper advertisement forms part of a major campaign being launched today by the USI. Amongst other elements, the campaign will also feature a large-scale student protest outside Government Buildings on November 16th to protect students and their families from becoming the victims of a political U-turn.


USI President, Gary Redmond said


“During election USI registered over 15,000 students to vote. Young people turned out in unprecedented numbers to vote in the recent general election. Many of these young people were influenced in their decision by the Labour Party’s commitment, championed by Ruairí Quinn and party leader Eamon Gilmore, not to increase third level fees in any form. Ireland is tragically losing the future drivers of our Smart Economy, with thousands of valuable graduates having already left Irish shores and many thousands more preparing to follow suit.


There are currently 3 choices for young Irish people – college, emigration or the dole. Any increase in college fees or additional cuts to student supports will ensure that a 3rd level education is not an option for thousands of young people across the country.


A recent survey conducted by the DIT Office of Campus life put the cost of a 4 year degree at €30,764 for a student living away from home. On top of this students must pay fees of €2,000 per annum in addition to local college levies for sports and student facilities resulting in the total cost of a year degree approaching €40,000.


The credibility of the Coalition Government and its political parties is under the spotlight on this issue and the USI will vigorously campaign to ensure that pre-election pledges are honoured. Education is central to the recovery of the Irish economy and it cannot be compromised.”


ITSSU President, James Dillon said


“Budget 2012 will be hugely significant in shaping the future of higher education in this country. Over the last 15 years, the Registration Fee, now Student Contribution Charge has increased almost on a yearly basis, while the maintenance grant has also reduced significantly in the past number of years.


We in ITSSU have witnessed many sad cases this year, students who have fallen victim to cuts in the higher education budget and have been forced to leave third level studies in IT Sligo; students who have had to shoulder huge financial, and personal pressures to remain in third level studies; and students who’s third level studies hang in the balance pending the outcome of budget 2012.


ITSSU are calling on the Government, in particular our two Fine Gael TD’s for Sligo/North Leitrim Deputy Mc Loughlin, and Minister Perry to honour pre-election promises and not inflict any more suffering on the students in IT Sligo and nationwide.”


St Angela’s College Students’ Union President, Helen O’Reilly added


“It is vital for the future of education in this country that the government honour the pledge that was signed prior to the general election. 


A third level education can help to ensure that our young people can remain in this country and gain employment. 


I am urging everyone; students, parents and the wider community; to fully support our campaign to ‘Stop Fees, Save the Grant.’  You can do this by asking your local TDs why they aren’t fulfilling their pre-election promises and by checking out”





Photo Caption: ITSSU President James Dillon, centre left, and Helen O’Reilly St Angelas Students’ Union President, centre right, pictured at IT Sligo.


For more information please contact:


James Dillon, ITSSU President

T: 086 7737456



Helen O’Reilly, St Angela’s Students’ Union President

T: 087 1263535



Gary Redmond, USI President

T: 0879606130






Conferring of Awards 2011

Click here to acknowledge your invitation to Conferring 2011!

Even if you are NOT attending Conferring 2011, please also complete this form so that your award can be conferred ‘in absentia’.

The annual conferring ceremonies will take place at IT Sligo on November 10th and 11th.


Please find the detailed session order below, along with information on robe hire and photography.



Gowns will be available to hire from Armstrong & Oxford for the conferring ceremonies.

Hire of gowns must be done online at before Tuesday, 8 November 2011.  The hire fee is €20.

Gown’s can be collected at Room B1040 across from the Booknest.  Gowns must be returned on the same day. Failure to return your gown will incur a fine of €50

Graduands should note the following:

  • For students attending the 09:30 hrs ceremony on the morning of 10 November 2011 only, gowns can be collected between 16.30 hrs to 18:00 hrs on the evening of the 9 November 2011or from 08:30 hrs on the morning of the graduation.
  • For students attending the 09.30 hrs graduation on the morning of 11November 2011 only, gowns can be collected from 16.30 hrs to 18.00 hrs on the evening of the 10 November 2011 or from 08.00 hrs on the morning of the graduation.
  • For all other graduands, robes can be hired from 2 hours prior to your ceremony and it is advised to early to avoid queues.

Armstrong & Oxford can be contacted at: Tel: 01 4295736 or Email: .


The Institute has appointed official photographers who will be available to take photographs in Rooms E1006/E1007/E1008 located on the 1st floor of the School of Engineering.  A Parchment Framing Service will also be located on the Main Concourse of the Main Building.

SESSION ONE: Thursday, 10 November 2011 at 09.30 hrs

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Electronics

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronics

Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering,
Level 7

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering,
Level 7

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics, Level 7

Bachelor of Engineering in Polymer Processing,
Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Management,
Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Quality Engineering, Level

Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering,
Level 8

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering,
Level 8

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics, Level 8

Bachelor of Science in Quality Management and
Technology, Level 8

Higher Diploma in Science in Quality

Graduate Diploma in Science in Energy Management

Master of Science in Energy Management

Master of Science in Quality

Master of Science by Research


SESSION TWO: Thursday, 10 November 2011 at 13.30 hrs

Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigation and
Analysis, Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Forensics, Level 8

Bachelor of Science in Health Science and
Physiology, Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Health
Promotion, Level 8

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Medical Biotechnology,
Level 8

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science,
Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science,
Level 8

Graduate Diploma in Science in Biopharmaceutical

Master of Science in Biopharmaceutical Science

Higher Certificate in Science in Fisheries

Higher Certificate in Science in Environmental

Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology, Level

Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology, Level

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health,
Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and
Health, Level 8

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Protection,
Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management,
Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Technology, Level 8

Graduate Diploma in Science in Environmental

Master of Science in Environmental Protection

Master of Science in Environmental Health and
Safety Management

Master of Science by Research


SESSION THREE: Thursday, 10 November 2011 at 16.30 hrs

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management,
Level 7

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture, Level 7

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture, Level 8

Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering,
Level 7

Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering,
Level 8

Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying, Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying, Level 8

Higher Certificate in Arts in Custodial Care

Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, Level 7

Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, Level 8

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Level 7

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Level 8

Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts, Level 8

Training for Success




SESSION FOUR: Friday, 11 November 2011 at 09.30 hrs

Higher Certificate in Business in Accounting

Bachelor of Business in Accounting, Level 7

Higher Certificate in Business in Office

Bachelor of Business in Business Administration,
Level 7

Bachelor of Business in Business Administration,
Level 8

Higher Certificate in Computing

Bachelor of Science in Computing in Software
Development, Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Computing in Systems and
Networks, Level 7

Bachelor of Science in Computing in Software
Development, Level 8

Bachelor of Science in Computing in Systems and
Networks, Level 8

Bachelor of Science in Computing in Web
Development, Level 8

Higher Certificate in Business Studies

Bachelor of Business in Management, Level 7

Bachelor of Business in Management Practice, Level

Bachelor of Business in Management Applications,
Level 7

Bachelor of Business in Financial Services, Level

Ab-Initio Bachelor of Business, Level 8

Master of Business in Administration


SESSION FIVE: Friday, 11 November 2011 at 13.30 hrs

Higher Certificate in Marketing

Bachelor of Business in Marketing, Level 7

Bachelor of Business in Marketing in Event
Management & PR, Level 7

Bachelor of Business in Marketing with Languages,
Level 7

Bachelor of Business in International Marketing,
Level 7

Bachelor of Business in Applied Tourism, Level 7

Bachelor of Business, Level 8

Master of Science in Marketing

Doctor of



SESSION SIX: Friday, 11 November 2011 at 16.30 hrs

Higher Certificate in Arts in Advocacy

Higher Certificate in Arts in Custodial Care

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and
Education, Level 7

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and
Education, Level 8

Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure,
Level 7

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies, Level

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies, Level

Master of Arts by Research

Doctor of Philosophy

Seán Gallagher to Visit Sligo Careers and Business Expo

Presidential candidate and Dragon’s Den supremo Seán Gallagher will visit Sligo on Friday 7th October to take part in the SelfStart Today Exhibition and Workshops being held at The Clarion Hotel.

The free event, from 10am to 7pm, features over 40 exhibition stands and 48 individual workshops dedicated to providing expert, professional and practical advise to those wishing to either start their own business, kickstart their existing business, developing their career or seeking employment opportunities. Those considering improving their educational qualifications or upskilling will find a visit to the expo of invaluable assistance in determining a course of positive action.

The exhibitors on the day are recognised as leaders in their particular field of expertise which includes finance, media, marketing, web development, training, mentoring, careers, and are totally committed to providing the optimum level of practical support to new and existing companies, individuals eager for further educational and personal development. Their involvement further demonstrates their belief and commitment in developing a better and more productive positive environment for Sligo and the NorthWest in these challenging times.

SelfStart Today ( offers the visitor a unique opportunity to speak to companies that can mentor and encourage the best progression for any business model, including possible grant aid and the latest staff recruitment initiatives. It also provides a connection with networking groups who can show and guide businesses to develop existing and as yet untapped potential.

For anyone wishing to change their mindset in relation to self-development, career and educational improvement, the event will afford the visitor the chance to use the professional exhibitor’s knowledge and guidance to develop and progress new ideas that are needed to achieve the desired goals.

The latest innovative business communication methods through video, internet, social media and online promotion will all be on display.
Team Hermes, the IT Sligo-based champions who took New York and Silicon Valley by storm by winning the coveted Microsoft World Imagine Cup in July are returning from yet another whilwind US tour and will be present on the day to share the concept of their winning project with the audience.

In conjunction with the Expo many agencies and companies will hold 30min free workshops in separate presentation meeting rooms, throughout the entire day, to impart further guidance and mentoring.

More details can be seen on the expo’s website,

Respect and Responsibility paramount for “Threesome” Campaigns

IT Sligo Students’ Union (ITSSU) has begun their “threesome” campaign strategy, with the introduction of the “SSSHH”, “Don’t Walk Home Alone”, and “ITSSU Responsible Drinking” Campaigns this week.

The ITSSU Responsible Drinking Campaign is a brand new initiative, and comes alongside the re-introduction of the SSSHH (Silent Sligo Students Happy Homes) Campaign, and Don’t Walk Home Alone Campaign which have proven extremely successful in the last number of years.

The trio of initiatives focus on the central themes of respect and responsibility as students embark on a new term at IT Sligo.

President of IT Sligo Students’ Union James Dillon affirms,

“While we in the Students’ Union encourage students to socialise, and believe that it is an integral part of college life, we also believe that respect and responsibility must be practised, at all times.

The welfare of the students and the local and wider community is fundamental to ITSSU.

Our welfare campaigns have proven extremely successful over the last few years, the key to this success is the continued support given by the IT Sligo students, coupled with the hard work of all in the local community. We hope that our “threesome” campaigns for 2011/2012 can build on this and prove even more triumphant.”


For more information please contact:

ITSSU President James Dillon            086 7737456

ITSSU Office                                       071 9141887


ITSSU to host discussion meeting for local residents

As the new college term swings into gear, the IT Sligo Students’ Union (ITSSU) have begun their proactive approach, and will host a discussion meeting at the Institute on Thursday next 22nd September at 7.00pm.

With the commencement of all classes last week has come the annual arrival of students into the area. ITSSU have invited all local residents, and interested parties to the Institute for an open discussion meeting, where all views, opinions, and recommendations will be heard.

ITSSU President James Dillon explains:

“While our primary role is to represent, and defend the interests of our members – the students of IT Sligo; we fully understand our duty to the local and wider community in developing positive and effective relations.

As the large volume of students comes into the local area with the commencement of the new term, we recognise that local residents and other parties may well have some concerns.

This discussion meeting will allow attendees the opportunity to express their views, and equally offer recommendations on how we can work effectively with one another in creating a positive relationship that is mutually satisfying for all members of the community.”

The discussion meeting is the first of a number of similar meetings planned by ITSSU this term. After a short presentation by the Students’ Union, the floor will be opened up to all attendees to air their views, and provide future recommendations. In addition to the Students’ Union representatives and local residence, it is envisaged that members of the Sligo Gardaí, along with members of staff from IT Sligo will be in attendance.


For more information please contact:

ITSSU President James Dillon            086 7737456

ITSSU Office                                       071 9141887


Landlord registration

ITSSU landlord accommodation registration 2011/2012

IT Sligo Students’ Union guidelines

The Students’ Union has undertaken responsibility for the administration of student accommodation and resulting from this has set down a number of guidelines. All private landlords who wish to advertise their property/properties on campus must register with the Students’ Union. The fee for this registration is as follows; €50 per Self Catering Accommodation (€30 for any additional property), and €30 per Digs accommodation. Once registered, landlords will be placed on the Students’ Union accommodations listings. This list will be available in both hardcopy and electronic form, and will appear on both the IT Sligo Students’ Union website ( and the IT Sligo website (  In addition landlords may request that their accommodation listings are placed on the designated Students’ Union notice-boards, located across campus.

Landlord legislation

As landlords, you are required to meet a number of legislative criteria relating to your property. The Students’ Union will ensure that these criterions are satisfied by all landlords registered, to guarantee that student accommodation is managed consistently and fairly across the board, thus enabling students to find the accommodation that is most suitable for them. The obligations on landlords include the following; landlords must register their tenancy with the PRTB (Private Residential Tenancy Board), landlords must ensure that their property meets certain minimum standards, and landlords must have a BER (Building Energy Rating) rating for their property.

The Students’ Union request to be notified by the landlord once a tenancy has commenced so that the accommodation listings can be updated accordingly. In addition it is requested that all relevant documentation pertaining to the above criterion is sent to the Students’ Union.

Below is a printable version of the registration form and other relevant informative material which may be useful.

We hope to build on the strong working relationship developed between the Students’ Union and accommodation providers in recent years, and ensure that student accommodation is managed successfully and comprehensively for 2011/2012, in a way that satisfies landlords, tenants, and the local and wider community.

If you have any queries regarding accommodation please contact the Students’ Union on: 071-9141887 or email:

Landlord formal letter

Landlord Accommodation Registration Form 2011/2012

Landlord rights & obligations

IT Sligo student wins national boxing title

IT Sligo student wins national boxing title

IT Sligo student and sports scholarship recipient, Maria Faney, has won the Senior College Boxing Championship Title for IT Sligo.

Maria is a 2nd year student in Health, Science and Physiology from Ballinacarrow, Co Sligo.

For more information on how to apply for a sports scholarship at IT Sligo see



Photo attached: Maria Faney from Ballinacarrow, Co Sligo, a sports scholarship recipient at IT Sligo, has won the Senior College Boxing Championship Title

Acting students Step it Out

Acting students Step it Out  for IT Sligo Graduation Show, 2011

With a comedy “Stepping Out” written by Richard Harris

The 4th year Performing Arts students are busy rehearsing for their performance of the Richard Harris play “Stepping Out” and will be showcasing their acting talents at the upcoming graduation show taking place in The Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo at the end of this month. Distinguished guests on the night will include national talent agents who will be on the look out for fresh new Irish acting talent. This is part of their final assessment within the delivery of the acting programme at IT Sligo and offers the students a chance to meet with perspective employers and stakeholders within the Arts sector.

Stepping Out is a heart-warming comedy concerning seven individuals from disparate backgrounds and with differing motivations who attend the same weekly tap dancing class in a dingy North London church hall. Despite the tappers at first treating the classes as social occasions, and showing little co-ordination, they later develop a level of skill and cohesiveness. The dance routines are the backdrop for the focus of the play and the social interaction of all of the people involved. Stepping Out was written by Richard Harris in 1984. It was produced in the West End, London, where it received the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award and on Broadway, New York.

The Performing Arts graduation students’ production of Richard Harris’ Stepping Out commences for two nights only. The show will run from Saturday the 30th of April and Sunday the 1st of May 2011 at the Hawk’s well theatre, Sligo. Doors open at 7pm, and curtain is 8pm. Tickets are now on sale for €10, from IT Sligo, The Hawks Well theatre, and the Glass House hotel in Sligo town. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any queries on availability and booking of tickets, please contact Sarah Craig on 0863009511, or email, or visit the Hawks Well theatre web site on, , also find us on face book, IT Sligo’s performing Arts official site for up and coming events all around Ireland.

Environmental Society Volunteers


The society is now finishing up its work for another year and as we look to September we realise that most if not all of the society positions and members will not be returning in the new academic year. The Environmental society has been part of college clubs for many years but due to lack of handing over of responsibility for the society each year the society may fail to be carried on the following year. This has happened every so often over the years however for the last 4 years we have had a consistent membership.

So we are basically looking for people who might be interested in continuing the work of the society to contact us over the next week or so. We are looking for at least one or two people who are hoping to return in September and would be interested in continuing our work.

The work involved is as much or little as you can commit. Currently we have two main project in operation

1. Green Campus committee – involves sitting in on management meeting to achieve a green flag for IT Sligo

2. College Garden – overseeing the running of the garden

The work with the society has had much success over the last 4 years including society of the year 2007/08, Student achievement award 2009 and Green Plant Award winners ’09

The society has made much impact on the college including installation of paper recycling, set up of Green campus committee, set up of college garden, 1st electric car at IT Sligo and ran 4 very successful Environmental Weeks

The work is all volunteer but really rewarding and looks brilliant on a CV! and hopefully some new people can carry on the successes of the last 4. 

For more info email, see or search ITS Environmental society on facebook.

Good Friday Sligo Spring Clean Day

Good Friday Sligo Spring Clean Day

Sligo has a new Tidy Towns Committee, the focus of which is to encourage the people of Sligo to improve the local environment and make Sligo a better place to live, work and visit, along with the Blooming Sligo team which is back on the campaign trail to bring a floral spectacular to Sligo streets.   Over the coming weeks the Blooming Sligo team along with members of the Sligo Tidy Towns committee, will be taking orders for this year’s hanging baskets and the team is asking everyone to take part.

This Good Friday, April 22nd is National Spring Clean Day, and in line with other Tidy Town committees throughout Ireland, Sligo Tidy Towns Committee is organising a big clean up for Sligo.  We hope to get a large number of volunteers to participate, and so kickstart the transformation of Sligo!! 

Several organisations including sports clubs, voluntary groups, tourism groups, schools, colleges, residents groups, and businesses in Sligo, including retail outlets, restaurants, publicans and hotels,  are being contacted, in an effort to generate as much support as possible and help on the day for this very positive initiative.   

The plan on the day is to have four meeting points around Sligo for volunteers to meet and begin the Clean-up. These locations are IT Sligo, Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo Showgrounds and Stephen Street Car-Park. The core activity of the Clean-up will be to gather litter and debris for collection and to remove and dispose of as many unwanted posters as is possible.  This Clean-up is timed to start at 10am and will last for 2 hours.

We would really appreciate if you could bring notice of this initiative to all members of your organization encouraging them to participate, so that a good turnout is achieved on the day.   Gloves, bibs and bags will be provided.  

To assist with co-ordination and organisation on the day please email us at or text us on 085-8218888 if you are willing to volunteer just two hours of your time.  Please include your contact details and meeting point preference. Your participation will make all the difference!!


Sligo Tidy Towns Committee

Check us out on Facebook  –  SligoTidyTowns  or Twitter @SligoTidyTowns



This year the 9 current students from the performing arts course will travel to Dublin for their annual performing arts showcase audition. This will take place in may in  a theatre in Dublin which is yet to be decided. This showcase audition will give the students the chance to show off the acting skills they have learned over the past four years here at IT Sligo under the guidance of lecturer Dr Agnes Palai .

The purpose of the showcase is to get students signed up to acting companies and begin their careers in the world of theatre .Various casting agents and directors will be invited to this private event to view the students acting abilities. Students on the day will act out different scenes and will have to give the performance of their lives as their future career depends on this audition.

This event is being organised by the third year Marketing PR & Event Management students as part of their course. Overseeing and detailing every aspect of the event is giving them practical hands on experience they can take into the workplace with them when they leave IT Sligo.

The performing arts course here at IT Sligo is a four year course where students study a wide range of topics relating to drama which include acting, directing, theatre design and arts management.  Students get the chance throughout the four years to perform in many plays in the black box theatre giving them the opportunity to blossom. The most recent play called “Tarry Flynn” which was performed by the third and fourth year drama students and was a great success.

For more information  please contact: Jackie Lynch Event Organiser

                                                              Telephone: 0868935037


New ITSSU Officers 11/12

1IT Sligo Students’ Union elections go to the wire

Last Wednesday fortnight March 30th saw the one of the most tightly fought Students’ Union election battles on campus at IT Sligo in many years. There were a number of positions both part time and sabbatical up for grabs, with a total of fourteen candidates contesting seven positions.

The high octane campaigns ran by the candidates were matched by a busy day of voting and the second highest voting turn out in the Institute’s Students’ Union elections history. Voting took place throughout the day in the Institute main canteen from 10am to 5pm. The polling stations were bombarded with students throughout the day casting their ballot. A high turn out was predicted from an early stage, with over 1000 students having voted by lunch time.

Throughout the day at the polling station in the Institute canteen, there was an almost carnival like atmosphere, as all of the students who put themselves before the electorate fought tooth and nail to secure every single vote they could gather. As eager campaign teams jostled for prime position close to the polling station, the sense that the main positions would go down to the wire was very palpable. Exit polls predicated that all three positions could go any way.

For the Part timer officer positions Cathal O’Fearraigh was returned unopposed as Irish Language officer. Ustane Probst was similarly returned for the Campaigns officer position. Konrad Mulrennan beat off the challenge of Peadar King for Entertainments officer. Marion O’Connor ousted Kathryn Patton for the position of Equality officer in a close encounter. The three full time positions of President, Vice President (Education) and Vice President (Welfare) was where the election became nail bitingly close. Over 1550 students voted to endorse the candidates they wanted to represent them for the coming year. To put this figure into perspective, the figure constitutes an increase of over 50% in turn out compared to last year. Astute commentators felt that this was indicative of the level of interest not just in Students’ Union elections, but a keen interest in selecting the best candidates to represent students’ publicly.

The position of Vice President (Welfare) was a duel between Kevin O’Grady and Roisin O’Malley, both of whom have spent a year as part time officers on the Students’ Union executive. While O’Malley impressed highly in the run up to the election in the public hustings debate, it was the dogged never say die attitude of the O’Grady campaign team that pulled him over the line on a margin of 836 versus the 683 of the Westport lady.

The second Vice President (Education) sabbatical position was a new position which pitched three candidates against each other. In an amazing three horse race only twenty first preference votes divided Aiden McTigue, Anita Hurst and Shaun Hannon. After a second recount of the nailbiting encounter a resolute Shaun Hannon was eliminated and his votes transferred between the two remaining candidates. Aiden McTigue topped the poll with the narrowest of leads with 518, to Anita Hurst’s 502, while Hannon was an excruciating 4 votes behind Hurst on 498 votes. It was clearly obvious once the ballots were being distributed that there was going to be one victor only as Anita Hurst hoovered up the transfers of Shaun Hannon. At 9:15pm, Returning Officer Bob Coggins announced the second and final count. He paid tribute to the three candidates in an election which he commented was incredibly close. There were emotional scenes as an almost surprised Anita Hurst was raised to victory when she received 281 to the 139 transfers of McTigue. She exceeded the quota with a total of 783 votes.

Finally the position which all students were most interested in and the one which carried the greatest honour and responsibility, President of IT Sligo Students’ Union, was up for decision. Three students, Michael Lavelle an Energy Management Masters student, James Dillon the Press and Communications officer of the Students’ Union and George Leetch, the SU Vice President (Welfare) contested the post. As the election clerks began to sort the votes the tally men could clearly see that this was another election where the two existing Students’ Union sabbatical officers were clearly ahead of the valiant Lavelle, but could be split with a hair respectively. All three campaign teams were on tenterhooks, as the assembled crowd went deathly silent each time the Returning officer turned as if ready to announce the first count. Bob Coggins accordingly obliged with that first count result, but only after the votes had been counted for the third time without that announcement.

In a valid poll of 1553 votes James Dillon received 569 votes, Michael Lavelle received 356 votes and George Leetch topped the poll with 625 votes. Bob Coggins announced that Michael had been eliminated and that his transfers would be distributed to the other two remaining candidates. There were no huge cheers as both Dillon and Leetch camps realised the margin was too tight for either man to claim victory at that point, albeit Leetch holding the obvious upper hand in the race at that time. Amazing scenes began to unravel as the transfers were distributed. What some thought an insurmountable lead of Leetch was quickly erased by the transfers going strongly in favour of Dillon. Chants of “Yes We Can, Yes We Can” began to echo through an otherwise quiet Institute of Technology at 10pm as the excellent vote management and top class campaigning of the James Dillon machine became apparent. Finally, the Returning officer made the announcement of the second and final count for the position of President of ITSSU. The votes of Lavelle were transferred as follows: George Leetch +110 giving him a total of 735 votes. James Dillon +200 giving him a final tally of 769. The Dillon camp exploded as Bob Coggins deemed him elected without having reached the quota. As pandemonium ensued with Dillon immediately elevated shoulder high by his supporters, he modestly made his way to commiserate with Leetch. In an ironic strange mixture of emotion both men for once were lost for words when called on to speak.

Later however, James Dillon, the 24 year old Ballinasloe native, had this to say:

“I’m truly honoured to be representing the students of IT Sligo for 2011/2012 as Union President. Next year will be extremely challenging for third level students across the country, not least the students here in IT Sligo. I promise to work tirelessly with the support of my team of Union officers, to ensure that we provide the best representation possible for our students.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to my fantastic campaign team who worked tremendously hard over the last number of weeks, I’m forever grateful. I wish to congratulate the newly elected officers, Anita, Kevin, Marion, Ustane, Konrad, and Cathal. I look forward to working alongside them in the new term. I would also like to commiserate with the candidates who were unsuccessful in our elections, standing for election is never an easy thing to do, and I’m sure their day will come. Finally I wish to sincerely thank the students of IT Sligo for placing their trust in me and I believe with their support we can achieve a great deal in 2011/2012”.

The newly elected personnel take up office on the 01 of July 2011 for the coming academic year. All staff and students of the Institute wish them the best of luck in their endeavours.

Photo Caption: Left to Right – Ustane Probst Campaigns Officer, Marion O’Connor Equality Officer, Konrad Mulrennan Entertainments Officer, Kevin O’Grady Vice President/Welfare, James Dillon President, Anita Hurst Vice President/Education, and Cathal O’Fearraigh Irish Language Officer.

Acting students Step it Out for IT Sligo Graduation Show, 2011

Acting students Step it Out  for IT Sligo Graduation Show, 2011

With a comedy “Stepping Out” written by Richard Harris


The 4th year Performing Arts students are busy rehearsing for their performance of the Richard Harris play “Stepping Out” and will be showcasing their acting talents at the upcoming graduation show taking place in The Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo at the end of this month. Distinguished guests on the night will include national talent agents who will be on the look out for fresh new Irish acting talent. This is part of their final assessment within the delivery of the acting programme at IT Sligo and offers the students a chance to meet with perspective employers and stakeholders within the Arts sector.

Stepping Out is a heart-warming comedy concerning seven individuals from disparate backgrounds and with differing motivations who attend the same weekly tap dancing class in a dingy North London church hall. Despite the tappers at first treating the classes as social occasions, and showing little co-ordination, they later develop a level of skill and cohesiveness. The dance routines are the backdrop for the focus of the play and the social interaction of all of the people involved. Stepping Out was written by Richard Harris in 1984. It was produced in the West End, London, where it received the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award and on Broadway, New York.

The Performing Arts graduation students’ production of Richard Harris’ Stepping Out commences for two nights only. The show will run from Saturday the 30th of April and Sunday the 1st of May 2011 at the Hawk’s well theatre, Sligo. Doors open at 7pm, and curtain is 8pm. Tickets are now on sale for €10, from IT Sligo, The Hawks Well theatre, and the Glass House hotel in Sligo town. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any queries on availability and booking of tickets, please contact Sarah Craig on 0863009511, or email, or visit the Hawks Well theatre web site on, , also find us on face book, IT Sligo’s performing Arts official site for up and coming events all around Ireland.


Exciting Social Entrepreneurship Conference


IT Sligo Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship programme (ACE) would like to extend a formal invitation to a one day conference on Social Entrepreneurship in IT Sligo.

The theme of this conference is;

“Promoting Social Entrepreneurship in the North West”

The conference will be held in A0004 lecture theatre on Thursday, 14th April 2011.

Please find attached a schedule for the day. To register for the event, please follow this link:

Please note: only registered guests will be able to attend on the day.

The diverse programme will comprise of professional speakers on social entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurs who champion social entrepreneurship projects and services. Those who seek to educate, learn about, network, and collaborate on social entrepreneurship ventures are invited to attend. This conference will provide a forum for existing and potential social entrepreneurs to expand their knowledge about social enterprise and network with other social entrepreneurs, but also provide insight and inspiration to communities who wish to change their own future by setting up a social enterprise.

This innovative social enterprise conference is the first to be held in the North West and we welcome all participants; those developing on a socially responsible business idea, seeking a career with non-profit organisations working on social change, or otherwise using innovative ideas to promote change to society’s social problems.  No matter what stage of evolution as a social entrepreneur you are, this conference seeks to be beneficial to you by providing information and knowledge on addressing social issues and advancing your future as a social entrepreneur of tomorrow.

Cáit Keaveney

SIF/ACE Intern

Innovation Centre

IT Sligo

IT Sligo students win elite soccer awards

IT Sligo students win elite soccer awards

An IT Sligo student and Sports Scholarship recipient scooped the prestigious Intervarsities Player of the Tournament award at the recent Women’s Soccer Colleges Association of Ireland Awards Banquet in Cork.

Deirdre Doherty, a student of the BSc in Health Science and Physiology, took home the annual award ahead of stiff competition from senior and underage international players. She has represented Ireland at underage and colleges’ level and is also a prominent member of the IT Sligo team which did enormously well in the Intervarsities Cup Final, before being narrowly beaten by the University of Limerick.

Students Roisin McCafferty (BSc in Health Science and Physiology), Lucy Hannon (Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure), Maria Harrington (Certificate in Business), and Orla Devaney (Certificate in Science), also received Premier League All Star awards in recognition of the IT Sligo team’s achievement in finishing joint top of the Premier League with UL.

All four students were key players in the Premier League, which saw IT Sligo win an impressive nine out of 10 games. Each of the players have also played international soccer at underage level and have been involved with Training sessions with the Irish Colleges Squad this season, and all four also hold IT Sligo Sports Scholarships in Soccer.


Photo Caption: Deirdre Doherty with her Intervarsities Player of the Tournament award which she won at the recent Women’s Soccer Colleges.

IT Sligo’s Annual College Races

IT Sligo’s Annual College Races

Last Wednesday 23rd March, first year Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure students from IT Sligo organised their annual athletics event. The event which took place at the Institutes Athletics Track commenced 11.00am and concluded at 2.00pm.

The Annual College Races which is in its third year, is a team based athletics event and saw athletes from IT Sligo, the local community and many of the local secondary schools competing to receive the IT Sligo College Races Title 2011.

The first year Recreation and Leisure students were responsible for the successful organising and running of the event. They were required to organise sponsorship, teams and medals, as well as run the event on the day.

This year the event witnessed a turnout of approximately 100 athletes coming from; local schools, businesses, and classes within the Institute itself, which includes an international team. Each team consisted of three males and three females, and they each took part in a track and field event.

The track events were the 100 meters, 400 meters, and 1500 meters race, and the field events are the javelin, long jump, and shot-put. Each member could only partake in one track and one field event, and a team had to be represented by a male and female in all track and field.

The team with the most points at the end of the day were presented with the Martin Sheridan Cup, while medals were presented to the top five teams. Individual prizes were also awarded to those who excelled in each event.

Martin Sheridan, who the cup presented on the day of the college races is in memory of, was one of Irelands top, but forgotten athletes. Martin was part of a group of Irish athletes known as the ‘Irish Whales’, other members included John Jesus Flanagan, Simon Gillis, James Mitchell, Pat McDonald, Paddy Ryan, Matt McGrath and Con Walsh. These fine athletes were highly regarded in their day, but nowadays they are nothing but names.

Martin Sheridan, from Bohola, Co.Mayo was a five-time Olympic gold medallist, and won a total on nine medals. He won the discus event at the 1904, 1906 and 1908 summer Olympics and the Greek discus in 1908. The event was organised under the tutorship of IT Sligo Lecturer Kerry Larkin.

The top five teams were: 5th place: Grange Secondary school and IT Sligo, 4th place: Summerhill and Ursaline Team 2, 3rd place: Summerhill and Ursaline Team 1, 2nd place: Mercy College Sligo, while in 1st place were the Recreation and Leisure year 1 students, IT Sligo (Receiving the College Race’s Martin Sheridan perpetual trophy).

In addition to this there were numerous individual awards given. The individual prizes for outstanding performances going to: Kieran White/Men’s 100m/Mercy College, Sean Finnegan/Men’s 400m/Summerhill, Ryan Monaghan/Men’s 1500m/Mercy College, Annie Bedhorz/Women’s long jump/Mercy College, Katherine Sullivan/Women’s Shot/Recreation and Leisure at IT Sligo, Aileen Gilroy/Women’s Javelin/Mercy College

There were two further prizes for most outstanding athletes on the day. Most Outstanding Woman athlete: Annie Bedhorz/Mercy College, Most Outstanding Male athlete: Ryan Monaghan/Mercy College.



Photo Caption: Participants compete at the Annual College Races at IT Sligo.

Fundraising day for PAWS

IT Sligo students from the Training for Success (TFS) course held a fundraising day in aid of the People’s Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) national charity on Monday 21st March last at the Institute.

The students are currently completing the Training for Success course at IT Sligo which has been specifically designed to ameliorate any negative impact epilepsy may have had on education and employment opportunities. Training for Success was developed in partnership with the Institute of Technology Sligo and Brainwave, The Irish Epilepsy Association. Achieving the objectives of the course will involve a combination of lectures, presentations, project work, individual learning plans, self directed learning, teamwork, site visits, field trips and work experience.

For their fundraising day, the students set up their decretive stand in the main Institute canteen from which they sold a variety of novelty PAWS items including, airfreshners, key rings, and pens.

PAWS was established in February 1997 with the intention to re-home unwanted dogs from their current homes. However, the organisation soon realised the huge amount of abuse, neglect and abandonment of dogs throughout the County and they began to give them shelter and veterinary care. Since that time PAWS, has rescued, vaccinated, neutered and re-homed thousands of dogs nationwide.

PAWS depend totally on the public for funding in order to keep their doors open to abandoned and abused animals throughout Ireland.

One of the student volunteers Ellie Mooney explains;

“The PAWS charity is something that I feel very strongly about, particularly the no kill policy which is one of their key principles.

A close works on behalf of the organisation and it is from this that my love for the charity and the great work they do resonates”.

The group successfully raised close to €700 for the PAWS charity, which they will formally present in the coming days.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thanks PAWS for their assistance in organising this event, the staff and students at IT Sligo for their generosity and of course my fellow volunteers for their tireless endeavours” added Ellie.


Photo caption: Left to right – Colm O’Connor, Brian Callan, Martin Dalton, Steven O’Connell, Ellie Mooney, Natasha Brogan, Nicola O’Heir, and Ryan Keaveney pictured at their PAWS stand at IT Sligo.



Zorbing comes to IT Sligo

IT Sligo Pr and Event management students are hosting the “Human Hamster” event at the institute’s GAA pitch on Tuesday, 29th of March from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. The bizarre event is a new and exciting activity “zorbing” originating from New Zealand, it is the idea of inflatable transparent spheres where the rider is strapped in place and rolls downhill.

The event is a novel experience to the North West and not only is it a fun packed day for the students and lecturers at the college for the price of five euro per zorb but all the funds raised on the day will be donated to the worthy cause of Special Olympics Connaught. The adventure activities company Extreme Ireland are wished a big thank you for generously sponsoring the event.

The students have been collaborating with the organisation throughout the year and hope to generate awareness and much needed funds on the day. The IT students are working hard to make it a successful day and are delighted to be gaining life experience in the public relations and event management industry which will benefit their academic studies.

The Special Olympics Connaught organisation provides year round sports training and competition for 1700 people with an intellectual disability in Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath, it not only provides physical benefits of sports for the athletes but it changes lives by not only enabling athletes to achieve and win in sport but in life too.

“Kevin cooks IT up”

“Kevin cooks IT up”

“Learning at Lunch”

A group of students from IT Sligo who are in their 3rd year studying Event management have organized a lunch time event with a twist.

They have teamed up with head chef of The Clarion Hotel Kevin Goonan to help raise funds for Special Olympics. They have organized for a cookery demonstration to take place in the main canteen of the college on the 23rd of March from 12.30-2pm. The demonstration is aimed at the students to learn healthy and easy ways to cook; it also is a way of helping to raise awareness of Special Olympics.

The group have arranged for the 2 dishes to be cooked in front of the audience to show how the food prepared and made from scratch, they will be shown what the best way to cook the dishes is and also shown just exactly how easy and enjoyable they are to make.

The dishes will be kept as a surprise for the day and the group have organized DJ Richie Burke to attend the event to play some music to keep up the atmosphere on the day. A guest speaker from Special Olympics will also attend the demonstration and speak of what the money raised will do for Special Olympics Connacht.

The event will be open to students and staff in the college so if you are interested in learning some new dishes for dinner or just want to help support the case call over on your lunch and enter in some of the draws that will be ran throughout the event.

Got a bright spark idea for a business, product or service?

Calling ALL IT Sligo Students

Got a bright spark idea for a business, product or service? If so, the bright sparks competition is for you.



As part of the (ACE) Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship initiative and in partnership with the Enterprise Society at IT Sligo, together have launched the “Bright Sparks” competition. The first of its kind in the Institute, the Bright Sparks is a competition to encourage IT Sligo students to submit a new business idea online through a dedicated website<>.  Your bright spark idea might be very new and undefined or it may be something you have been thinking about for a while but have never put down on paper – now’s your chance to do something about it.


The submission for the ideas part of the competition is open from the 3rd March until 17th March.  (Submission for Competition Extended, Check out IT Sligo Enterprise Society on Facebook/Twitter for  more Details)



After this stage is completed the voting process is open from the


                         17th March until 31st March


where all students who have submitted an idea are encouraged to start a campaign and get people voting for their idea and with this the most votes wins the prizes.



The aim of the ‘Bright Sparks’ competition is to support the development of new business, product or service ideas emerging from IT Sligo.  Students will only have to submit an idea and from their idea it is hoped that they will take the opportunity of working within the ACE workspace which was launched during Enterprise and Innovation Week 2011 to bring that idea to reali

IT Sligo defeat Letterfrack IT in Connacht Junior Football Final

IT Sligo defeated Letterfrack IT in the Higher Education Connacht Junior Football Final on a scoreline  3-9 to 1-6. The final was played at Aghamore GAA Grounds, Mayo under lights on Monday last.

                ITS now go on to play in the All Ireland Semi Final with no fixtures confirmed yet

Brian Reilly ,  Sligo

Barry Mc Gurk Monaghan

Caolan O Grady Sligo

Richie Wynne Sligo

David Hyland Cavan

David McDonagh Sligo 0-1

David Drake Mayo

Ronan McNally (Capt) Monaghan 0-1

Oisin Ginty Donegal

Declan Meehan Cavan 0-2

Donnacha Gallagher Sligo 1-2

Micheal Jennings Mayo1-0(pen)

Liam Groarke Mayo0-1

Aidan McTighe Mayo1-1

Martin Dunne Cavan 0-1

Subs used; Ray McLaughlin Donegal, Gavin Horan Sligo,  Alan Heafsey Monaghan,

Manager Adrian Faherty Galway

Selectors Keelan  Cawley Sligo

              Alan Costello Sligo

Off the Rails coming to Sligo

We will be filming on the streets of Sligo on Friday 18th March.  We will be filming for a segment called ‘Street Style Icon’ where our Presenters Sonya Lennon & Brendan Courtney will be plucking Sligo’s fashionistas off the streets. The five people chosen will then go forward to our live filming segment in Quayside Shopping Centre where an eventual winner will be chosen (and given a prize).

We are looking for women (and guys) of all shapes, ages and sizes, basically anyone who is into their fashion and style. I was wondering if anyone studying at IT Sligo might be interested in participating?

I am hoping to get some pictures of people sent in advance of filming. If you know of anyone interested they can email pictures into me (ASAP) at or I can be contacted on the mobile below.

Kind Regards

David O’Sullivan

Off the Rails



Dublin 4



Students bring Irish Culture to I T Sligo A group of ambitious students from IT Sligo are holding an Irish Culture Night in aid of Special Olympics Connaught. “Rí Rá agus Ruaile buaille” Culture night venue has been kindly sponsored by IT Sligo. The event will take place on Tuesday the 15th of March in the Student Union building at 7:30pm. It is set to be a night to revive the Irish culture, with students, lectures and members of the public being brought back to the “good auld days” to raise much needed funds for the Special Olympics.

Ri Ra agus Ruaille Buaille will comprise of various aspects of the Irish Culture, by means of informing spectators on Irish History, a sample of Irish foods will be showcased on the night which is sponsor by Source Sligo and performances include “Cosa Beaoga” from the All Ireland Talent Show, Singers include “The Keane Brothers”, Storytellers, Fluent Irish Speakers and many more. A raffle will also take place on the night with prizes sponsored by local business in Sligo Town.

Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, not only do they provides athletes with much more than the physical benefits of sport, but also changes their lives, indeed through sport, but athletes can help them develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in. Special Olympics Ireland enables the athletes to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.

The event is being organised for the groups Events Project Management module, which is part of their Bachelor of Business in Marketing. Aofie Burke, Lauren Cassidy, Caroline Finn, Aidan Kilroy, Annette Lang, Róisín O’Malley and Tara Timlin are putting in extended hours and a huge amount of effort to ensure the Irish culture night is a massive success for the Special Olympics.

*Bright Sparks*

Calling ALL IT Sligo Students

Got a bright spark idea for a business, product or service? If so, the bright sparks competition is for you.


As part of the (ACE) Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship initiative and in partnership with the Enterprise Society at IT Sligo, together have launched the “Bright Sparks” competition. The first of its kind in the Institute, the Bright Sparks is a competition to encourage IT Sligo students to submit a new business idea online through a dedicated website  Your bright spark idea might be very new and undefined or it may be something you have been thinking about for a while but have never put down on paper – now’s your chance to do something about it.

The submission for the ideas part of the competition is open from the

3rd March until 17th March.  

After this stage is completed the voting process is open from the

17th March until 31st March

where all students who have submitted an idea are encouraged to start a campaign and get people voting for their idea and with this the most votes wins the prizes.


The aim of the ‘Bright Sparks’ competition is to support the development of new business, product or service ideas emerging from IT Sligo.  Students will only have to submit an idea and from their idea it is hoped that they will take the opportunity of working within the ACE workspace which was launched during Enterprise and Innovation Week 2011 to bring that idea to reality.

Fair Trade week at IT Sligo


Monday 7th March:     Fair Trade stands will be placed around the institute

Tuesday 8th March:     Fair Trade Day

  •                                     10.00 Meet and Greet
  •                                     Coffee Producer and Fair Trade Ireland Reps.
  •                                     will meet students and staff
  •                                     (canteen/coffee shop areas)
  •                                     11.00 A0004-Fair Trade Talks
  •                                     Maeve McDermott Fair Trade Sligo

Miguel Mateo-Fair Trade Producer

IT Sligo 4th Year Marketing Students

Java company representative

12.00 Fair Trade Refreshments served – main canteen

Lunchtime Java Demonstration – main canteen

Wednesday 9th March: Fair Trade Stands

Charity bucket collections prove quite a success

The generosity of IT Sligo Students was on full display last week as they dug deep to help raise a sizeable amount of money for the Raise and Give Week beneficiaries. A series of charity bucket collections were undertaken from Monday to Thursday between 12.00pm and 3.00pm. The collections were held both on the IT Sligo campus and in the student bars in Sligo town. A large number of volunteers kindly assisted the Students’ Union in carrying out this initiative over the course of the week. The daily bucket collections proved greatly successful and the proceeds will be donated to the Students’ Union designated charities; the Bill W. Club Sligo, the Holy Family Pre-school, and Special Olympics Ireland.

“The Students’ Union would like to thank all those who donated so generously to the collections.

We would also like to show our gratitude to the kind volunteers who selflessly gave up so much of their time throughout the week.

We will take great pleasure in donating the proceeds to our worthy charity beneficiaries” stated ITSSU President Breffni Gorman.


Photo caption: James Dillon ITSSU Officer front left, and Paddy Bonner USI Officer front centre pictured with the student volunteers for the charity bucket collection at IT Sligo.

Fundraising in the extreme

Fundraising in the extreme

The Students of IT Sligo set aside all fears when undertaking their extreme fundraising ventures on Monday 28th and Tuesday  1st  last for their Raise and Give Week.

On Monday, more than 20 brave participants, after a brief period of motivational encouragement walked barefoot across a series of flaming hot coals at their Fire Walking event held at the Brewery Bar. While on Tuesday close to 80 thrill seekers participated in the Bungee Jump at the same venue.

A great deal of thanks must go to the Students’ Union for organising both events, to hosts the Brewery Bar, and to each participant who raised a considerable sum of money for the Week’s beneficiaries, the Bill W. Club, the Holy Family Pre-school, and Special Olympics Ireland.


Photo caption 1: Participants proudly hold their certificates aloft after completing the Fire Walking event at the Brewery.

Photo caption 2: IT Sligo student Joe Fuery puts on a brave face mid-flight at the Bungee Jump event held at the Brewery.

Students launch healthy eating cookbook at IT Sligo

Students launch healthy eating cookbook at IT Sligo

Fourth year students of Public Health and Health Promotion student at IT Sligo have produced a healthy eating cookbook called ‘Come Dine with Me’.

The book was officially launched in the IT Sligo Canteen with a demonstration by Enda Delaney, chef at the Glasshouse Hotel.

This cookbook was produced by students Nuala Wright, Carol Murray, Emma Tolan and Brian Lillis who call themselves ‘The Foodies’

‘The Foodies’ maintain that healthy eating is an achievable option for students, and realise the value of home cooking when trying to avoid highly processed, high fat, salt and sugar foods. It is also a successful way of achieving your five portions of fruit and vegetables per day, for example by simply adding soups, homemade pasta sauce or smoothies to your daily menu.

Considering the economically challenging times that students are facing into, this is an ideal time to launch the cookbook, which will be made available free to all students as a download

Along with a fresh, easy to understand, overview of healthy eating, the book also provides tips on clever shopping, food storage, transportable food and using your leftovers.

‘The Foodies’ aim to simplify home cooking for students by empowering them to eat well, and look after their health – without spending a fortune.


Photo caption: Left to right – IT Sligo Public Health and Health Promotion students Nuala Wright, Carol Murray, Emma Tolan, and Brian Lillis with Glasshouse Hotel Enda Delaney pictured at their ‘Come Dine With Me’ recipe demonstration at IT Sligo.

IT Sligo crowned Irish Student Surfing Champions 2011


The IT Sligo Surf Club was declared ‘Irish Student Surfing Champions’ at the Irish Student National Surfing Championships in Portrush on February 19 and 20.

A team of six IT Sligo surfers captained and coached by IT Sligo lecturer Kerry Larkin, took home five gold medals, one silver and the title of Irish Student National Surfing Champions 2011.

The event was hosted by University of Ulster, Coleraine Campus Surf Club and took place in West Strand, Portrush.

The waves were small but perfect for competition with IT Sligo Ronan Ortzen of Health Science and Ione Byrne of Applied Archaeology performing exceptionally well. 

The women’s longboard title was taken in style by Ione Byrne who surfed with style and dominated this event, whilst Ronan Ortzen proved why he is considered one of the strongest surfers in the country, easily winning the men’s open division.

The IT Sligo team demonstrated an exceptional level of expertise, dominating all categories they entered.

In the Men’s Bodyboard, IT Sligo’s Ryan McEnroe pulled off all the stops and claimed the gold medal and managed to retain his title for a second year in a row. Nicky Schiffer managed to claim 1st place in the Women’s Bodyboard after seeing off some stiff competition, and IT Sligo’s Christian McCleod was narrowly pushed into second place to take silver in the men’s longboard division.

The Sligo Surf Club also provided lessons for 20 novice members of the club over the weekend, including IT Sligo Erasmus students Daniela Peifer and Maike Möllers.

The IT Sligo Surf Club will host the Competition next year in Sligo and it is intended to develop IT Sligo as a surfing and educational hot spot for young and up and coming surfers.


Miss IT Sligo

Miss IT Sligo has launched its search for Miss University 2011!

We are looking for the next MISS IT Sligo to represent the college in the Miss University final.

Think you have what it takes? Read on…


Each student that enters must be studying in IT Sligo. The Miss IT Sligo contestants will compete in a pageant style fashion show. There will be three categories in the fashion show

• Formal Wear (Dress)

• Sports Wear (Football, Hockey, Swim, Basketball uniform etc)

• Night Club Wear (What the contestant would wear on a night out)


Each girl will walk down the ramp once in each category and after this one winner will be selected by the judges on the night.

NCAD student’s entries must be in by 14th Feb 2011.
Mail for an application form
Mail for an application form.

IT Sligo student’s entries must be in by 28th Feb 2011.

Miss IT Sligo will take place on Tuesday 1st March 2011 in The Clarence Hotel.

Facebook Event Name: “Miss IT Sligo 2011”


The girl that gets selected to become Miss IT Sligo will go on to the Miss University Final in April and be in with a chance to win:

1. A modelling contract with Assets Models. 
2. Free 1 on 1 Personal training from with a diet and fitness program and post personal training massages. 
3. A hamper filled with goodies from Crystals and Co + 20% off all products for a year. 
4. Treatments from FAB. 
5. 2 dresses for Miss Ireland. 
6. An editorial photo shoot with Social & Personal magazine. 
7. Hair and makeup done by 
8. VIP Membership to Dandelion. 
9. Rock and Republic Jeans. 
10. Free Entry to Miss Ireland. 
+ more to be confirmed. 

For more information:

Phone: 0863737940
Facebook Name: Miss-University Ireland

The Miss University Team.

Enterprise & Innovation Week (1st-4th March)

Enterprise Society

Want to win €10,000? Come along this Wednesday, 23rd February B1040

1.30 – 2.00pm Carole Brenan Enterprise Ireland, will make a presentation

on the ‘Think Outside the Box’ competition.  You may already have a project completed that fits the criteria!

Enterprise & Innovation Week (1st-4th March)

Twenty four free public events will be hosted during the second annual IT Sligo Enterprise & Innovation Week, which takes place from March 1st to 4th.

The event celebrates IT Sligo’s links with enterprise and the community, featuring the very best in experts on a range of subjects including, innovation, leadership, team building, female entrepreneurship, sales skills, and digital media marketing, in a series of free public sessions.

The Enterprise Society would like to highlight the following days:

 ‘Promoting Student Entrepreneurship’  (1st March) and events include a presentation from Larry Farrell, a leading authority and writer on international entrepreneurship, a Games Arcade, a seminar on Computer Clouding, an ‘Ideas Generation’ Workshop, and the Sligo VEC’s Dragon’s Den Final.

 ‘Bright Sparks’ Competition Launch (3rd March) From Bright Sparks comes the Ultimate Workspace Opportunity.  The competition will be launched by former Dragon’s Den Sarah Newman, in the new Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE) space which will be located in the Innovation Centre ground floor.  .  In partnership with the Enterprise Society the student interns have developed and are set to launch the “Bright Sparks” competition. The first of its kind in the Institute,   the Bright Sparks is a competition to encourage IT Sligo students to submit a new business idea on line. The best idea will be selected using a voting process with the business idea with the most votes winning. The dedicated website is being developed in collaboration with a 2nd year Computing student who is designing it as part of his assessment for his final year exams. The “Bright Sparks” competition is set to launch during IT Sligo’s Enterprise and Innovation week 2011.  The aim of the ‘Bright Sparks’ competition is to support the development of new business ideas emerging from IT Sligo.  Students will only have to submit an idea and from their idea it is hoped that they will take the opportunity of working within the workspace provided and bringing that idea to reality.

For more events and to register log on to :

As part of Enterprise & Innovation week 2011 the Enterprise Society would like to highlight the Inventors Competition. There is a €1000 up for grabs!

See the above link for more details, any additional information should be sent via e-mail to<>no later than Wednesday 23rd February 2011.

Entries should include the following


Short description

      Application of the product

      How and why is the new product be unique

      Stage of development

      The next steps in the plan

      If successful how the prize money would be spent

Attachments may also be attached to the e-mail.

Applicants will be shortlisted to the top 5 entries and you must be available to present your invention in person at the Inventor’s Competition Final.  The Final will take place on Thursday March 3rd from 4 pm – 6 pm in A0006 of IT Sligo. The finalist will be judged by Sarah Newman – Entrepreneur and formally Dragons’ Den, Andrew Hodson – MD of Verus Precision, Seamus Farrell – MD of SF Engineering and Dr, David Tormey or IT Sligo.

We look forward to receiving lots of new ideas!

Cáit Keaveney

SIF/ACE Intern

Innovation Centre

IT Sligo

Year two of IT Sligo’s ‘Community Garden’


Spring has sprung and we will shortly begin work on our campus ‘Community Garden’.  This innovative organic gardening project is a venture between IT Sligo’s Environmental Society, the Organic Centre, Co. Leitrim and the HSE NW.

We are currently looking to sign up more students and staff members to participate in the project. 

Project Specifics

  • Start date:  March 9, 2010 ·         Project runs:  Between March and October·         Day and Time:  Wednesday’s between 5pm and 7pm

    ·         Includes:  2 ‘Eat-Well-Be-Well’ cooking sessions

    We will be interviewing for places on this exciting project within the next two weeks.   The only stipulation is that you are available to work in the garden over the summer months.  Please respond by return e-mail if you are interested in joining us. 

    If you would like more information, please contact us at or phone Ruth Hegarty on 087 9088505 or Pat McLoughlin on 087 616 2741


    The Environmental Society

IT Factor

The IT Factor is a nationwide song contest, open to all full time registered students at Institutes of Technology in Ireland.  The IT Sligo heat-of the competition takes place on Monday 21st of February, in Shenanigans, Bridge St. Sligo at 8:00pm. On the night, singers and bands will be invited to battle against one another to be selected to represent IT Sligo at the National IT Factor competition taking place this year in Limerick IT, on March 10th. The overall winner of IT Factor will receive two days in a professional recording studio (SARMAR, Limerick).

The competition consists of both an original and covers section, bands and solo artists are all welcome. Applicants are entitled to enter both categories. (One song per category). A piano and a drum kit will be provided for use and pre-recorded backing tracks are not allowed.

So if you’re an IT Sligo student and you think you, or someone you know has the IT factor get down to IT Sligo canteen, Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th February, between 1-2pm to sign up for the competition, and don’t forget to come along for a great nights entertainment!

For more information check us out on Facebook at IT Sligo Factor or call Niamh on 087 6122617.

IT Sligo Affinity Card

Free, fully comprehensive, multi-trip travel insurance to the value of €150 when you sign up for an IT Sligo Affinity Card (from Jan – 31st March 2011). 

Bank of Ireland will make a donation to IT Sligo when you sign up for an IT Sligo Affinity Card. They will also donate a percentage of the annual expenditure on your card – all at no extra cost to you.

In addition, you gain all the benefits of a leading credit card, which can be used at 24 million outlets worldwide.

Please talk to Roseanne or Gillian at Bank of Ireland, IT Sligo, Tel. No. 071 91 43373

Conference on Irish Political Reform at IT Sligo


A half day conference entitled ‘Women and Men in Irish Politics – let’s re-imagine Irish Political Culture’ will be held at IT Sligo next Friday, February 11th.

Guest speakers at the Conference include Queens University Belfast Politics Professor and Director at the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics, Yvonne Galligan, Marian Harkin MEP and IT Sligo Politics and Social Policy lecturer, John Pender.

All the general election candidates in Sligo/North Leitrim are also invited to attend and address the Conference and take part in a question and answer session.

The Conference is being organised by 2nd and 3rd Bachelor of Business in Marketing students as part of their European Studies module.

The Conference will include workshops on the subjects of Dáil Reform, Quotas for Women, Leadership in Irish politics and ‘Cronyism, Corruption, and Clientelism’.

Lecturer in European Studies at IT Sligo, Joan Morrison said that the Conference is open to the public to attend and she is encouraging people to take part in this timely debate on Irish politics; “Poll after poll shows that we are suffering from great apathy towards politics in Ireland at the moment and, with the General Election now imminent, this is a very opportune time to discuss what direction people want politics to take.

“In the last Eurobarometer Poll, Ireland had almost the lowest level of public trust in political institutions across 28 European countries surveyed and this trend is very worrying. Can we afford such indifference in these difficult times?” she said.

The Conference will start at 9am next Friday February 11 and will conclude before lunchtime.  It is free and open to all members of the public to attend. For more details see


Revive your Irish here at IT Sligo at Lunchtime for 4 Tuesdays.

You are invited to 4 lunchtime sessions to revive your cúpla focal and feel confident about having a conversation in Irish in a relaxed atmosphere with emphasis on the craic as Gaeilge

Date:     Starting Tuesday 15th February, 2011

Time:     1.10 to 1.50 pm

Where:   C1005 beside Dopios canteen in Business & Humanities.

Further details email Brid:

Irish Society

IT Sligo clubs and Societies

RSA Week at IT Sligo

Road Safety Awareness Week takes place from Monday 24th to Thursday 27th January 2011

IT Sligo Students’ Union have arranged a number of activities for the week in order to raise awareness, and educate students on the importance of road safety.

IT Sligo Students’ Union provide Interactive Shuttle for RSA Week

From Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th next week the IT Sligo Students’ Union are providing an Interactive Shuttle as part of RSA (Road Safety Awareness) Week which runs from Monday to Thursday.

The RSA Interactive Shuttle will be located outside the Students’ Centre at the Institute between 10.00am to 4.00pm over the three days and will provide information on Road Safety Awareness to the IT Sligo students as well as a range of other aspects of Road Safety in a fun and interactive way.

It Sligo Students’ Union Welfare Officer George Leetch explains,

“The main aim of this RSA Week is to increase awareness and to spread the message about the importance of road safety.

We are delighted to have the Interactive Shuttle Bus on campus for the three days.

We feel that it is an excellent way to educate our students on the value of road safety, we hope that they avail of the opportunity and have some fun at the same time.”





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