Volume 6

Contains issues from September 2011 to May 2012

Issue 20

Car Free Day

As part of Green Week we are asking people to not take the car to College on Thursday 15th of March.

All Ireland Intermediate Table Tennis Championships

Dundalk IT regained the All Ireland Intermediate Table Tennis Championship title in sensational style at UCD Sports Complex on Saturday 10th March.

Pop Up Clothes Swap Shop

Lets Get Swapping - A chance to get a whole new Wardrobe during Green Week!!

A Busy Week for DkIT's School Liaison Office.

The last week has been a busy one for Dundalk Institute of Technology School Liaison Office, having attended the IGC National Conference and AGM last Thursday and Friday, also attending the 3 day careers fair, Choices and holding a further education talk in St Louis school, Kilkeel.

DKIT International Talent Competition is coming soon! Show yourself now!!

An International Talent Competition is being organized by the Go International Society, which consists of the Chinese Students Society and the Students Union.

It's a good chance to give all international students a stage to show their special talent. This is also a good way to promote

2nd year Video & Film student short-listed in the 'Castaway' Titanic Belfast competition at the Cinemagic International Film Festival

The Pride of the Seas, a short film by Joske Slabbers (2nd year Video & Film student) along with Gary Boyd, has been short listed for the 'Castaway' Titanic Belfast competition, which is part of the Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for young people.


3rd Year Community Sports Leadership students in DKIT are running a draw for a travel package for 2 people to see Ireland take on Italy on the 18th June at Euro 2012 in Poznan, Poland.with all proceeds in aid of the Jack N'Jill Children's Foundation.

New Members of the Higher Education Authority Welcomed

The Higher Education Authority has welcomed the appointment by Government of seven new members and reappointment of two of the outgoing members of the Authority.

The appointees are,

Dr.. Bahram Bekhradnia, Head of the Higher Education Policy Institute, England

DkIT Student making big impression at Lock Haven University

Exchange student Gavin Hammond from Dundalk Institute of Technology will share some insight into his country, culture and educational system at a coffee house event featuring Ireland at Lock Haven University's Institute, Pennsylvania.

Stephen McManus Retires

Stephen McManus retired on 29 February last and to mark the occasion staff from all sections of the college gathered to wish him well at Byrnes the following Friday 2 March. Among those present were Margaret, his wife, and family members who travelled from Dublin for the occasion.

DkIT's Got Talent

DkIT's Got Talent 2012 will take place in the Whitaker Theatre next Wednesday the 21st of March from 2pm.

Failure does not compute

A team from DkIT has won the Robocode competition for the second year running, beating a team from DIT in the final 7-0 with their robot "Jeffery".

English is not Enough!

February 21st was a momentous day for DKIT. Just as a group of French students from our sister college in le Havre arrived on campus, Paypal announced that they were setting up in Dundalk and would need graduates with modern language skills.

Issue 19

Volume 6

DkIT Camogie team take the Double

Photography by Tim Wang of DkIT Photography Society.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Beidh Lá Fhéile Pádraig á chéiliúradh ag Éireannaigh ar fud an domhain ar an Sathairn, 17ú Márta, mar is gnáth gach bliain.

Fit 4 Life Addictions Week

This week's events included 'Beat the Habit Challenge', the Beer Goggles Challenge and Smoking Cessation Talk.

Rebuilding Communities for Lasting Change

In association with Trocaire, DkIT Green Week is delighted to host a lecture by Jonathan Odur, a Trócaire partner from Uganda. Jonathan is the Deputy Executive Director of Facilitation for Peace and Development (FAPAD), a local Non- Governmental Organisation working in Northern Uganda.

DkIT IT Factor

Nicholas Murray and Sarah O'Brien are representing DkIT in the national Final of the IT Factor Song Competition.

DkIT Celebrates Green Week

Green Week kicks off in DkIT on Mon next the 12th of March with the launch of the week by Student Union President and Vice President James Clarke and David Branagan. The week is designed by the Green Flag Group on campus and focuses this year on waste and re-use.

DkIT Library Video Challenge

Calling all DkIT students with an interest in film making! Make a movie for DkIT Library and earn yourself a cool €250!

The Biology of Fitness

Professor Niall Moyna, School of Health and Human Performance, DCU shall give a guest lecture here on the 14th March at 2pm in the Whittaker Theatre. The talk sponsored by the Institute of Biology is entitled 'The Biology of Fitness'.

DkIT Student short at Fingal Film Festival

The Hunchback of County Meath, directed and written by 4th year filmstudent Kim leNguyen, is to be screened at the inaugural Fingal FilmFestival on Thurs 22nd March 2012.

Caption Competition

Last weeks winner is Lina Halpenny with

"Should have gone to Specsavers"


This weeks photo is.....



Issue 18

Volume 6 Issue 18

DkIT Enterprise Week 2012

For the second year running DkIT Student Enterprise ran an Enterprise Week. The aim of the week was to help students find out more about enterprise, the resources DkIT Student Enterprise provides students and to encourage participation.

Fit 4 Life Health Awareness Week

Pink & Blue Day, Bake Sale and Shave or Dye, are some of the events that ran during our Health Awareness Week

Smarter Travel: Your chance to win a bike worth €150!

In January, 2011 Dundalk Institute of Technology signed up as a Partner of Smarter Travel Workplaces.

DkIT Marks Fairtrade Fortnight

In 2011 DkIT was recognized as a Fairtade College. This means that catering outlets provide Fairtrade tea, coffee and at least two Fairtrade products. In order to gain this recognition Aramark Catering (Canteens), the Student Common Room and the Hospitality Dept all supported Fairtrade.

DkIT Choir and Chamber Orchestra perform The Rose

The Church of St Joseph provided the stunning backdrop, by kind permission of the Redemptorist Community, for the Institute's annual Christmas Concert presented by Ceol Oirghialla and celebrating the Institute's 40th anniversary.

Quality Second Hand Goods Needed

Third year Cultural Studies students are holding an event called 'Second Impressions' in the Hospitality training restaurant on the 8th of March in aid of Crumlins Childrens Hospital and the local St. Vincent de Paul charity shops in Dundalk.

Teaching positions on the GBS programme in Thailand.

GBS beginning next phase

DkIT supported project, Global Border Studies (GBS), established in Nu Po Refugee Camp in 2010, will begin its post pilot phase in June with fifteen new students from Burma.

GBS seeks two teachers

Introducing DkIT's New Communications Office

Dundalk Institute of Technology has recently established a full time Communications Office and Margaret Clarke has been appointed the role of Communications Manager. Margaret has previously worked as assistant editor of the weekly college newsletter the DkITimes.

Caption Competition

Can you caption this?

Issue 17

DkITimes Volume 6 Issue 17

Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week

Fit 4 Life SHAG week kicked off on Valentines Day 14th February 2012. SHAG week is Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance week. It is aimed at students to inform them about safe sex. Fit 4 Life set up a stand promoting sexual health awareness.

Erasmus Intensive Programme in Music

Students and staff from Artesis University College, Antwerp and Stord Haugesund University College, Stord arrived for a two-week Erasmus Intensive Programme hosted by the Section of Music commencing on 13th February 2012.

DkIT welcome PayPal jobs boost for Dundalk as boost to graduates

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has welcomed the announcement by PayPal that it is to create 1,000 jobs in Dundalk over the next four years.

Trip to IUT Le Havre

Bonjour! For the fourth year running, the recent annual second year trip to France was a great success. A group of nine students and two lecturers (Vicky Leahy & Mairéad McKiernan) departed for France on the 30th of January.

DkIT sponsors IGC National Conference and AGM.

The Institute of Guidance Counsellors recently held the official launch of their National Conference and AGM.

Pop Up Libraries

Over the next few weeks Libraries will be popping up all over campus! If you have any questions about DkIT Library services and resources but don't have time to get to the Library this is your chance to ask. No need to come to us this time – we're coming to you!

Leap Night Concert

Leap Night Benefit Concert in aid of Saint Nicholas' Church

Wednesday 29th February 2012 at 8pm

Caption Competition

All this talk of pancakes is making us very hungry in the DkITimes office.

Can you come up with a clever caption for this weeks caption competition?

Send your suggestions to editor@dkit.ie



Issue 16

DkITimes Volume 6 Issue 15

Fit for Life - Promoting Better Health at DKIT

Dundalk IT Launch their 2012 Fit 4 Life Programme

Visit of HE Ambassador Loyola Hearn, Ambassador of Canada to Ireland

The close historical and cultural ties that bind the Oriel region with Canada were marked recently by the visit to Dundalk Institute of Technology of the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, HE Ambassador Loyola Hearn.

Peadar Rís (Peter Rice)– Innealtóir Cáiliúil ó Dhún Dealgan

Rugadh Peadar Rís i nDún Dealgan i 1935. Chaith sé formhór a chuid óige idir bhaile Dhún Dealgan agus sráidbhailtí Cé Giles agus Inis Caoin. Fuair sé bunoideachas ó na Bráithre Críostaí ina bhaile dúchais agus chuaigh sé ar mheánscoil go Coláiste Dhroichead Nua.

DkIT welcomes St Paul's

St Paul's High School visit Dundalk Institute of Technology

Gavin Duffy to launch 'DkIT Enterprise Week 2012'

For the second year running DkIT Student Enterprise will be running an 'Enterprise Week' starting next Monday, February 20th. The aim of 'DkIT Enterprise Week 2012' will be to help students find out more about enterprise, encourage participation and have fun.

DkIT guest director Iseult Golden wins IFTA award.

Congratulations to Iseult Golden, who won an IFTA award on Saturday night for her RTE television children's drama, 'The Importance of Whatever'.

Initiation of Reform in Higher Education

Dear All,

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today published a series of papers that set out a roadmap for implementing significant reform in Irish higher education.

DKIT forge links in Finland

A MEMORANDUM of Agreement was signed by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) and Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) at a ceremony in Pori, Finland which was attended by leaders from both higher education institutions.

Valentine's Day Caption Competition

Happy Valentine's Day.

Can you caption this romantic scene?

Send your suggestions to editor@dkit.ie


Issue 15

DkItimes Issue 15 Volume 6

Fit For Life Launching TODAY

The FIT 4 LIFE 2012 LAUNCH will be taking place TODAY, Wednesday 8th February, outside the canteen from 1-2pm.

Fit For Life: Walking Lunch

As part of Fit 4 Life 2012, the Sports & Societies Office will be leading a Walking Lunch every Monday from13th February - 21st March 2011. We will meet at 12.45pm everyMonday outside the Conference Centre.


Dundalk IT and the BA in Performing Arts are proud to present O GO MY MAN by Stella Feehily at the Mac Anna Theatre at DKIT nightly at 7.30 from 15th to 18th of February.

Table Tennis - Dundalk Lead Colleges League

Dundalk Table Tennis Team finish top in their Division 1 competition in December - they are now entering as favourites at the 2nd leg in March.

After Match Day 1 of the Colleges League, it's all to play for, in both divisions, at the 2nd leg in March.

Stakeholder Consultation for surveillance of forest management practices carried out by the Coillte Teoranta Irish Forestry Board


Stakeholders sought on behalf of Woodmark, the Soil Association's forest certification programme. The Woodmark forest certification programme is accredited by the Forest

Minister Fergus O’Dowd launches the ‘Water is Life: Amazzi Bulamu’ - Lar Boland photo exhibition in DkIT

Fergus O'Dowd TD, Minister of State with Responsibility for the NewEra project officially launched the Lar Boland photo exhibition in the Muirhevna Building on 15th December 2011.

Seen the new Information Skills room yet?

The Library's Semester 2 Information Skills Programme is now available to help students and staff make the most of all the resources and services available to them in 2012 through DkIT Library.

Caption Competition

Captions to editor@dkit.ie


And last weeks winner is ,

Vincent Brown: Not exactly the type of "slap and tickle" I had in mind!

Congratulations Pairic Duffy.

Issue 14

DkiTimes Issue 14 Volume 6

10th anniversary of the Novation Enterprise Platform Programme

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Novation Enterprise Platform Programme, the Regional Development Centre was transformed into an exhibition centre on Thursday 19th January last.

Film industry professionals to teach modules in DKIT

Students on the BA & BA(Hons) in Video & Film Production in DKIT have a wealth of industry experience at their fingertips this semester.

'Solaria' to be screened at the International Sci-fi Film festival, Arizona

Solaria, a short film made by Darren O'Connor, John Hoey, Rossa O'Dowd and Craig Broughton as part of their 4th year Practice-Based Research project on the BA(Hons)in Video & Film Production last year has been selected for the International Sci-fi Film festival.

RTE Nationwide to film in DKIT on Mon 6th February

Students from the 2nd year of the BA in Video & Film Production along with students on the Certificate for Skills in Independent Living will be featured in a Nationwide piece that features a joint project the two groups of students undertook this year.

DkIT praised by efforts on Sustainability

Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan and the tree made of used paper cups.

Some healthy reading?

The Library Council of Ireland, the HSE and the Irish College of General Practitioners have compiled a list which features a wide variety of help books relating to a wide variety of adult, children and family issues.

Caption Competition

What has Vincent said to Sinead?

Send your suggestions to editor@dkitimes.ie


Last weeks winning entry is...

Issue 13

Dkitimes Volume 6 Issue 13


BMW region Institutes of Technology in discussions re Technological University

The five Institutes of Technology in the Border, Midlands and West (BMW) region are at an advanced stage in discussions regarding the establishment of a technological university.

DkIT Awards honorary fellowships

For the first time in our 40 Years history Dundalk Institute of Technology has awarded Distinguished Fellowships to four people who have contributed significantly to our community here in County Louth and on the international stage.

No shortage of budding entrepreneurs in DkIT

On 14th December at 3 p.m. students from various courses in the college came to the Whitaker Theatre to present business ideas they have being working on all semester to a panel of judges.

81% satisfaction rating among students

Published on Tuesday 17 January 2012 in the Dundalk Democrat

THERE is an 81% satisfaction rating among students at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), according to a student survey conducted by CourseHub.ie.

Avoca Room in the Library

In December the Library formally named one of its' Group Study Rooms as the Avoca Room. The title Avoca was suggested as this room is dedicated to the memory of Frances McKenna who worked in the Library of Dundalk Institute of Technology for over 20 years.

RAG Week 2012 - The Students Union wants to hear your suggestions!

RAG Week, which stands for "Raise And Give"is organised annually by the Students' Union with the proceeds of all events going to the RAG Charities.

The date for this year's Raise & Give (RAG) Week is...Monday, March 5th to Thursday, March 8th 2012.

DkIT Cross Border Tournament 2011

The 7th December 2011 saw Dundalk Institute of Technology Archery Club host its first ever Cross Border Archery Tournament. Archery is a sport which has grown in interest within Dundalk Institute of Technology and in Ireland in recent years.

Louth conservation volunteering day - get involved!

You are cordially invited to take part in the second Louth conservation volunteering day on Saturday 4th February 2012.

Do you want to be part of a life changing experience and learn to see the world differently?


APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN for the Development Perspectives 2012 Flagship Programme.

If you want to be part of a life changing experience in 'Seeing the World Differently' this year, then sign up and let your friends know too.

Caption Competition

Send your suggestions to editor@dkit.ie

Issue 12

DkITimes Issue 12

TUI Retirement Function- a great night had by all!

The TUI Dundalk branch gathered at the Fairways Hotel on Wednesday 7th December to honour their retired colleagues. Bernie Cassidy and Fionnuala Dullaghan were the back bone of the organising committee. Richard Crowley, Branch Chairman introduced TUI President, Bernie Ruane who presented a pen to the sixteen retirees present.

Netwell Centre Selected as a Centre of Ageing Research Excellence

The Netwell Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has been selected to join a worldwide group of centres of excellence into ageing research.

Louth's Living Lab Developing An Age-Friendly Future

"Louth's experience can encourage other counties and cities in Ireland and internationally to sustain their age-friendly initiatives," – Dr John Beard, WHO Director of Ageing (pictured above) The Living Lab Ireland's foremost age-friendly county, Louth is home to a Living Lab for the development

Surface Tension exhibition at the Science Gallery in TCD

One billion people lack access to water in its most valuable form, as clean drinking water. Clean water is running out – and around the world it is used as a weapon of power and a tool in political conflict. We can create drinking water by removing the salt from seawater – and in the process we may devastate our marshes and poison the soil. What are the risks and benefits of other such schemes to address water shortages?

Sustainable Agriculture Students Attend CAP Reform Forum

Left to right

Siobhán Jordan (lecturer DkIT), Oliver Tierney (lecturer Ballyhaise Agricultural College) Shane Brady, Aidan Brady (both students DkIT), Mairead McGuinness (MEP), James O Donoghue, Karl McDermott (both students DkIT) and Eamon Mullen (lecturer DkIT).


Students pitch their Business Ideas in the Whitaker Theatre - Wednesday 14th December @ 3 p.m.

This year DkIT Student Enterprise has teamed up with lecturers doing a business plan module to create the 'Business Planning Competition'.

New laboratory and performance based fitness assessment for athletes at DkIT.

Dundalk Institute of Technology (Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Studies), in association with STATSports, are proud to introduce a new laboratory and performance based fitness assessment for athletes of all disciplines from January 2012.

DkIT Students Awarded Leinster Bursary

Three DkIT Students were awarded the Leinster Bursary for their commitment to the GAA. The Dundalk IT Sports & Societies Office would like to congratulate Damien Whelan, Shauna Curtis and Brian Fitzpatrick on being awarded the GAA /Comhairle Laighean Bursary for the Academic Year 2011/2012.

Caption Competition

This weeks winner is Murt O'Seagda with "We're in the red ach - Is feidir linn"

Caption Competition



Send your  captions to editor@dkit.ie

Issue 11

DkITimes Vol 6 Issue 11

ISS Facilities Service Staff Collection for St. Vincent de Paul Toy Appeal.

The ISS Facilities Service Staff pictured above with the toys they collected for the St. Vincent de Paul Toy Appeal.

The toys were delivered to the Supervalue in Ardee for distribution by the local St. Vincent de Paul to children in the area.

Academic Writing tutorials for Students

The Student Learning and Development Centre will deliver the following Academic Writing tutorials:

Topic: Exam Technique

Date: Wednesday 7th December

Times: 9am to 10am

Venue: S201

Topic: Exam Technique

Date: Wednesday 14th December

Former DkIT lecturer joins cabinet for the new Libyan government

Dr Fathi al-Akkari, has recently been selected to join the cabinet for the new Libyan government in the role of Deputy Mininster for education - Higher Education. Fathi commenced work in Ireland as a lecturer in Electronic Engineering at Dundalk I.T in 1998.

The Rose blooms in Dundalk

The 40th Anniversary of Dundalk Institute of Technology will be celebrated by DkIT choir and Orchestra with a special performance of The Rose.

DkIT Fencing Report

On the 19th and 20th November, 24 Members of Dundalk IT Fencing Club travelled to Derry to compete in the Derry Open. This competition was held in Foyle & Londonderry College Senior School and the competition in all three categories of weapons was of a very high standard.

DkIT Basketball narrowly defeated in home venue

DkIT lost out by a point in home league game to NUI Maynooth

DkIT 67-68 NUI Maynooth

Caption Competition

Send your suggestions to editor@dkit.ie

Launch of the ‘Water is Life: Amazzi Bulamu’ photo exhibition

The 'Water is Life: Amazzi Bulamu' photo exhibition will take place on Thursday 15th December @ 3.30pm.