Volume 6

Contains issues from September 2011 to May 2012

Issue 10

DkITimes Volume 6 Issue 10

Brendan scoops medal at North Leinster Aquatics Event.

DkIT Caretaker Brendan kerley continues to bring home the gold and silver as he scooped another medal at the North Leinster Aquatics event held in Drogheda recently.

DKIT students take part in ground-breaking Ablevision project

Students from the 2nd year of the BA in Video & Film Production are currently working alongside students from the Certificate in Skills for Independent Living in the creation of a short TV studio show.

“Bringing it all Back Home? Debt Crises - from the Global South to Europe”

Dr. Andy Storey of the School of Politics, UCD will present at a Lunchtime Seminar entitled “Bringing it all Back Home? Debt Crises - from the Global South to Europe” on November 3oth at 1.pm in the Nursing Building ( N122).
All are welcome.

More festival screenings for Solaria

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 announced further screenings.

Poetry Reading by Martin Dyar- Friday November 25th at 1 p.m

DkIT Library presents a poetry reading by Martin Dyar in the Clermont room on *Friday 25th November at 1pm. Admission to the poetry reading is free and all are welcome.

€10 Challenge Winner

Left is Jessica Moneley being presented with a Samsung Digital Camera by Fearghal Cotter Engineering Enterprise Intern.

Enterprise Ireland launches €60k contest for students

Enterprise Ireland has launched a €60,000 entrepreneurial contest for students as part of the 30th 'Think outside the Box Awards' competition.

DkIT Mens Basketball Win All-Ireland Shield

On Saturday morning DKIT Basketball Fresher's team travelled to the All-Ireland Fresher's Tournament hosted by IT Carlow. It had 13 Men's teams competing along with 12 women's over two days with Cup and Plates up for grabs.

Dundalk IT Senior Hurlers advance to semi-final of Division 3 League.

Opening points from Adrian Wallace, Derek Horan, Danny Maguire gave DKIT a good start in this entertaining game against Queens University Belfast in St.Colmans college in Newry.

A well taken goal from Maguire kept the Dundalk men in contention at half-time trailing by 2 points.

Issue 9

Project seeks to record 'local histories' of the peace process

Hundreds of untold stories about the peace process are just waiting to be recorded.

That is the view of a group of leading academics currently undertaking a €1.1 million oral history project supported by the EU's PEACE III programme. As part of the Peace Process, Layers of Meaning project, experts will provide training and instruction to individuals and communities to help them to accurately record their accounts and recollections for future generations.

Dancing at Lughnasa Opening Next Week 23rd to 26th November 7.30pm each night at the Mac Anna Theatre

B.A. Performing Arts are proud to present Brian Friel's 'Dancing at Lughnasa' for four nights next week, 23rd to 26th November, at the newly dedicated Mac Anna Theatre, (formerly the Blackbox theatre).

Increase in Mature Student Numbers at DkIT

Mature students now represent just over 20% of first-year student numbers at DkIT. 20% represents the target to be reached by 2013 as set by the Higher Education Authority in the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2008-2013. Mature students are registered on a broad range of programmes and contribute a wealth of experience to the learning experience of all on campus.

Karin Leitner: recital and master class (flute)

Viennese flautist Karin Leitner will give a recital and master class this Thursday (17th) in the Fr McNally Recital Room at 2.30 pm. She will be accompanied on piano by music lecturer Anthony Norton. Leitner will then give a master-class to the undergraduate classical groups. All welcome.

Riding the waves of success: OpenHydros guest speaking event

The engineering students of DkIT got a welcome treat on Tuesday 15th November as one of the local leading employers in the renewable energy sector came to give the students a talk. Manufacturing manager Niall O'Callaghan presented the up and coming technology of tidal energy systems which are being developed in Greenore.

DkIT Library's Digital Photography competition.

The library is offering a €30 Marshes voucher to the winner of their photography competition.

The competition is open to students and staff of DkIT.

The theme of the competition is 'My Library 'and is how you see and experience DkIT Library.

Student Assistance Fund

Just a little reminder about the Student Assistance Fund. If, because of any changes in your circumstances, you find yourself in severe financial hardship, you can apply for the Student Assistance Fund.

Archery Bake Sale

The Archery Bake Sale which took place outside the MPC on Monday the 8th November. The Fund Raising Committee organised the event and was lead by Dave Maine a 4th Year Performing Arts Student.

Poetry Reading in the Library

DkIT Library presents a poetry reading by Martin Dyar in the Slievefoye room onFriday 25th November at 1pm.

Issue 8

DkiTimes Volume 6 Issue 8

Commencement Speech 2011- Andy Pollak. "Give up your aul cynicism-this is a great wee county and great wee country"

Andy Pollak, Director of the centre for Cross Border Studies delivered an inspirational speech at Conferring 2011 in DkIT.

DkIT theatre dedicated to Tomás Mac Anna as Dancing at Lughnasa opens


A performance space on the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) campus is being named Mac Anna Theatre in recognition of the work in Irish theatre of Dundalk man Tomás Mac Anna who died earlier this year, aged 87.

"Fiche bliain ag fás agus fiche bliain faoi bhláth" President's address at Conferring 2011.

Denis Cummins, President DkIT addressed graduates and their families at DkIT's 40th anniversary year Conferring ceremonies.

Recent Retirements

Seamus Kelly retired on 30th September and a small, but highly efficient committee, organised a very enjoyable evening in Byrne's pub where Seamus was joined by colleagues past and present, all there to wish him a long and happy retirement. Hot on Seamus's retirement heels was Gerry Cluskey who also retired on the same day! Peter Carolan had retired earlier in the summer while Gerry Woods claims the distinction of being the most recent retiree.

The Peter Rice Competition

The Peter Rice medal competition took place in DkIT on Wednesday 26th October. The event was organised by Sinead Kelly from the School of Engineering and was run in conjunction with Engineers Ireland North East region. The Peter Rice medal commemorates the local Dundalk man, who was one of Ireland's outstanding structural engineers and the award is made annually to the best presented Level 7 Engineering student project in DkIT.

Don't drop out, drop in!

We are running scheduled drop-in workshops in our new purposely designed Information Skills room to help students and staff make the most of all the resources and services available to them through DkIT Library.

DkIT Senior footballers defeated by Letterkenny IT.

DkIT senior footballers crashed out of the league on Monday (7th of November) after an unfortunate 1 point defeat to Letterkenny IT. With 2 and a half hour trip to O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny, the lads were sent home bitterly disappointed after such a close game. The loss ends this semester’s competitive term which has been a disappointing one for the team. But with a very good performance none the less they can look forward to the Trench Cup in February.

Chemistry PhD Research Studentship

Dundalk Institute of Technology is a dynamic, world class Institute that has developed an international reputation in both basic and applied research through its Research Centres and Groups.

Christmas by Candlelight with Dundalk School of Music

Dundalk School of Music will host an atmospheric night of music and song in celebration of the Christmas season.

Caption Competition

I came to DkIT – I wanted to get ahead!

Congratulations Dan O'Brien


Next weeks photo...

Issue 7

Dkitimes Volume 5 Issue 7

DKiT's CELT welcomes Professor Sally Brown

Last Friday, Dr John Dallat and the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at DkIT welcomed one of the foremost experts and prolific writers in the field of education, Professor Sally Brown.

DkIT needs You! - Vote for the Great Northern Haven

The Great Northern Haven has been shortlisted for Engineering Ireland Excellence Awards 2011.

Student and graduate success at the Waterford Film Festival

Adam Gray, a 3rd year student on the BA in Video & Film Production in the Dept. of Music & Creative Media has been shortlisted as one of the 12 Best Short Screenplay Finalists at next month's Waterford Film Festival.

CHMHE Musicology Competition Winner

Congratulations to recent graduate of BA (Hons) Applied Music Luke Bermingham who was awarded 1st prize in the Council of the Heads of Music in Higher Education Undergraduate Musicology Competition with his dissertation 'Towards a Classified and Annotated Catalogue of Music for Teaching and Lear

A Taste of Louth

A Taste of Louth features the finest local produce from Co. Louth and cookery demonstrations by celebrity chef Neven Maguire on Saturday 19th November 11.30am – 6.00pm in MPC & Hospitality Corridor.

Seeking the '5th A' – An alternative paradigm of Care

The Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology will hold a conference on Tuesday 22nd November 2011.

Society for Musicology Conference to be hosted at DkIT

The tenth annual conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland/Aontas Ceoleolaíochta nahÉireann will be hosted by Ceol Oirghialla from Friday 15 - Sunday 17 June 2012.

Call for Papers

DkIT Reading Group

Meet every Tuesday 1.00 pm Anaverna Room, DkIT Library All welcome

Suggested Programme Winter 2011

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Research Training Events at DkIT November 2011 & December 2011

Research Report Writing plus Thesis Submission

Date: Wednesday 9th November 2011
Time: 9.15am to 12.15pm
Trainer: Prof Tony Fell, University of Bradford
Venue: Board Room, T.K. Whitaker Building

Ceol Oighialla welcomes visiting US academic

Professor Chrisman pictured with President Denis Cummins, DkIT Governing Body Chair Mr Andrew Griffith and Dr Eibhlís Farrell

Issue 6

DkITimes Volume 6 Issue 6

Ryanair presents to DkIT Masters students.

"Ryanair: the only Irish business that is world leader in its field" Howard Millar, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Ryanair speaks to MBS Entrepreneurship & Marketing class recently

Louth native Susanne is one of Bill Cullen's Apprentices 2011.

Louth native Susanne Short is one of the candidates in Bill Cullen's Apprentice 2011 which airs on Monday nights on TV3. Susanne who is one of the youngest candidates on this year's show, applied whilst sitting her final exams at Sligo, having completed a Business degree with Marketing.

IT for Complete Beginners

A dashing group of 35 to over 55's began an IT for Complete Beginners course in Dundalk IT last Thursday.

DkIT Students take part in Archaeological Excavation

Six students on the Department of Humanities BA Humanities and BA Applied Cultural Studies courses very successfully participated in an archaeological research excavation in the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site this summer.

Matthias Fiedler casts a development education gaze on global events

Date: 27th October 2011

Title: "A development education gaze on global events."

Speaker: Matthias Fiedler, Director, Irish Development Education Association

Description of event:

DkIT's Eoin Clancy publishes book.

Dr Eoin Clancy, Lecturer in the School of Engineering has just published a book on indoor air quality.

Bobby Kerr entertains a full house in the Whitaker Theatre

Last Tuesday 18th October was a day to remember for Student Enterprise at DkIT.

BA Performing Arts present Dancing at Lughnasa

By kind permission of Samuel French Ltd

BA Performing Arts (Acting)

Final Year Students

Are proud to present

Dancing at Lughnasa

By Brian Friel

23rd November to 26th November 2011

New Theatre

ISPCC seeks volunteers.

ISPCC are currently looking for volunteers to join their dedicated team of mentors to support young people and parents throughout Louth.

The Vinny Duffy fencing competition

DKIT Fencing Club hosted their annual Sabre only fencing competition The Vinnie Duffy on the 15th of October in the PJ Carrolls Building in the DKIT.

DkIT Ladies Gaelic Football v UCD2, away, Division 3 League

DkIT Ladies Gaelic Football v UCD2, away, Division 3 League – Monday 17th October 2011

The evolution of the DkITimes

DkITimes is DkIT's weekly newspaper founded and edited by Angela Short, lecturer in the School of Business and Humanities. The newspaper was started in an attempt to find a way to communicate all the happenings on campus to the 6000+ campus community.

Caption Competition

This weeks caption competition winner is...

Issue 5

Volume 5 Issue 5 of the DkItimes

Open Day 2011- Sun shone as crowds visited the campus.

Last Friday the sun shone on DkIT as cars and buses carrying prospective students arrived on campus to get a taste of student life here. Schools arrived with Guidance Consellors and families arrived from as far away as Waterford and Galway to experience first hand what DkIT has to offer.

Dundalk’s Men’s Sheds Produce Gifts for Visitors from Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Picture: Dr. Edel Healy, Mr. Myles Hackett, Mr. Denis Cummins, Ms. Noreen Carney, Dr Eeva-Liisa Moisio, Dr Anne Kärki, Ms. Viveka Höijer-Brear , Mr. Jari Heiniluoma.

Staff from the Faculty of Social Services & Health Care, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences recently visited the Institute to meet with staff from the School of Health and Science, Department of Humanities and Research and Erasmus Office’s.

Oral History Training Information Evening

Pictured above: Professor Seán McConville (Project Director) with First and Deptuty First Ministers Mr Peter Robinson and Mr Martin McGuinness at the website launch of the Peace Process project in Stormont. Photograph Kelvin Boyd/PressEye.

DKIT student documentary to be screened at Darklight Film Festival

The Final Furlong, a documentary created by recent graduates John Hoey, Niamh Woods, Darren O’Connor, Lucy Martin and Francis Gorman has been selected to be screened at the Darklight Film Festival at the end of the month.

DkIT Sports Scholarship Bursary seeks applicants.

Do you represent your County, Province or Country in a particular sport, or are you an active administrator for a Dundalk IT Sports Club?
If so, this is your opportunity to apply for Dundalk IT’s Sports Scholarship Bursary. The Sports Scholarship Scheme allows exceptionally talented individuals the opportunity to compete at the highest level while also pursuing a course at Dundalk Institute of Technology.


Concert with Luca Ferrini (piano) and Joze Kotar (clarinet) in the Father McNally Recital Room in the Carrolls Building at 2pm on Tuesday 18th October 2011

All Welcome

First year Agriculture 5-a-side soccer tournament

First year Agriculture 5-a-side soccer tournament which was arranged by Siobhan Jordan.

Thanks to Dr Ronan Bree in Applied Sciences for sending in the photos.

Fundraising for Study Trip to IUT Le Havre

The second year French class wish to thank all who supported our fundraising raffle and cake sale on Wednesday 5th October. Congrats to Jason Devine who won the Student Ball tickets and homemade cake.

Irish Traditional Music Concert


FreeTrade Ireland bring reuse to Dundalk

Are you looking to declutter your home or business?

Or are you on hunt for new items to furnish your home or business but just don’t have the cash right now?

A day in the life of a left hander.


The Research Office on Facebook and Twitter

Caption Competition

This weeks winning caption is...

Issue 4

Steve Job's Commencement address at Stanford 2005

I  am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal.

Putting DkIT Library on your map

Congratulations to Alison Maguire who is pictured here receiving €50 worth of Marshes Shopping Centre Vouchers from Peter MacKenna in the Library's new Information Skills Training room.  Alison's name was first out of the hat in our recent First Year discovery competition prize draw.

Bobby Kerr to launch the €10 Challenge for Student Enterprise at DkIT on October 18th

Student Enterprise at DkIT are very excited to announce that their first cross faculty competition of the year, the “€10 Challenge” will kick off on Tuesday 18thof October.

The Gradireland Graduate Careers Fair

The Gradireland Graduate Careers Fair will take place on Wednesday 12th October from 11am -- 5pm in the RDS Main Hall, Dublin 4.

Still Haven't Found What you're Looking For?

During the summer we have made some changes in the Library which we hope will be of benefit to you, and we hope will assist you in finding what you’re looking for.

New Erasmus Students Arrive At DkIT

Mailys Maytraud

A large contingent of Erasmus students arrived at the Institute in September from 10 European countries.

Lunch time concert series

Weekly lunch time concerts featuring DkIT top music students will recommence at 1.30 this Thursday the 6th of October. The concerts are held in the new Black Box Theatre and run over the duration of the year.

Launch of new renewable energy course

The Centre for Renewable Energy are happy to announce that DkIT is launching a Certificate in Renewable Energy which awards a Special Purpose Award at HETAC level 6 and will earn 20 ECTS credits on successful completion.

Non-rioting Irish a lure for US investors

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and American ambassador Dan Rooney at the "Growing Jobs" forum to discuss US-Ireland priorities and bilateral opportunities, at Farmleigh. Photograph: Eric Luke

UNA McCAFFREY; Source IrishTimes.com. The Irish Times - Friday, October 7, 2011

Youth Work Degree Receives Professional Endorsement

The BA (Hons) in Community Youth Work offered by the School of Business & Humanities has gained professional endorsement from the North-South Education and Training Standards (NSETS) committee.

Fairtrade at DkIT

Next week DkIT will officially be awarded Fairtrade status.
This follows work to;

- create and approve a Fairtrade purchasing policy
- organise and promote a Fairtrade Week
- ensure that DkiT is offering Fairtrade products on campus

Caption Competition

Research Training Schedule for October 2011

Survival Strategies for Postgraduate Research Students

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2011

Time: 09.15am to 4.30pm

Trainer: Prof Tony Fell, University of Bradford

Venue: Boardroom

Issue 3

DkiTimes Volume 6, Issue 3, October 2011

Launch of Irish Composers’ Project

From l-r, Jonathan Grimes (CMC), Adele Commins (DKIT), Evonne Ferguson (CMC), Patricia Flynn (SPD), Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Eibhlis Farrell (DKIT), and Gordon Delap (NUIM)

Search for a Shepherd Boy - Actors wanted.

DkIT's 100 strong choir and DkIT Chamber Orchestra are performing a substantial new work by Siubhán Ó Dubháin at Christmas.

DkIT Clubs and Societies Sign Up Day - Get Active, Get Involved

Dundalk Institute of Technology’s Sports and Societies Office held their annual Sports and Societies sign up day on Wednesday 28th September.

Career Planning Workshop

The Access Service in partnership with the Careers Service is delighted to offer a lunchtime "Career Planning Workshop" specifically catered towards the mature learner i.e. for those who were mature students upon their first year of entry to DkIT and who are now in their final year of study.

DKIT graduate and lecturer films to be screened at Irish festivals


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 is to be screened at this year’s Waterford Film Festival from the 4th-6th November.

Student Enterprise gets students thinking creatively

student enterprise

Pictured: Niall McCabe and Stephen McDowell

Simon Week 2011 – Believe in People

Simon Week 2011 takes place from October 3rd to 9th and there are a range of events taking place which will help raise awareness of the many issues surrounding those who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless in Dundalk & the North East.