Minister English urges public to support National Heritage Week

Heritage, Tourism

Some 60 plus local events organised including walk, talks, tours, exhibitions and concerts

I encourage the general public to support the approximately 60 plus local events inMeath to mark National Heritage Week which takes place from the 22nd to the 30th of August 2015.

The programme for Meath, which lists over 60 events locally, is a tribute to the hard work of Meath County Council, countless local community and voluntary groups, local historians, local tour guides, the Heritage Council and the OPW. The best way to thank these people for their work is to check out the extensive programme of events. There is something interesting and worthy of support in every corner of Meath.

As we work to develop our tourism offering in Co. Meath, and place ourselves firmly on the map for this growing industry, it is important for all us to be familiar with what our County has to offer from a heritage, historic and cultural perspective. We have a lot to offer, and we need to keep highlighting that. The excellent programme of local events for National Heritage Week re-inforces and compliments our local offering, and I am happy to endorse it.

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14 Young Apprentices & Trainees to represent Ireland at 43rd World Skills Competition in Brazil


I am delighted to  officially wish Team Ireland well at the World Skills Competition in Brazil in the coming weeks.

The World Skills Competition, which is held every two years, is the world’s largest professional education event.  Approximately 1,200 competitors from 70 countries and regions will compete in almost 50 different skills and disciplines in Brazil.  All competitors will demonstrate technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they study and/or perform in their workplace.  Over 800 volunteers are assisting the expected 200,000 visitors and school groups

As Minister for Skills, I understand the really important contribution that apprentices and tradespeople are making to Ireland’s economic recovery. It’s time to give this contribution much broader recognition.

The World Skills Competition allows us to opportunity to celebrate and really value Further Education and Training.  I wish all of these young people the very best as they represent their country next month.

14 young apprentices and trainees will represent Ireland at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil from 11 – 15 August 2015.  The Irish team has been selected from the winners of the National Skills Competition Finals which were held in Cork Institute of Technology in December 2014.

These apprentices and trainees have worked extremely hard to get where they are today.  They are among the best in Ireland in their chosen field.  They should be very proud of themselves.

The Irish young people, all under 25 years, have proven expertise in their chosen field having competed against their peers to secure their places at the Competition.

They will showcase their skills and talents in the areas of Aircraft Maintenance, Automobile Technology, Beauty Therapy, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Construction Metal Work, Electrical Installations, Industrial Control, Joinery, Plastering and Dry Wall Systems, Plastic Die Engineering, Plumbing and Heating, Restaurant Service and Welding. Competitors , who come from Limerick, Meath, Wexford, Dublin, Cork, Cavan, Galway, Monaghan, Cork, Leitrim, Mayo and Latvia, have been in fulltime training for the past 8 weeks under the direction of their coaches.

The Team has been trained in the Institutes of Technology (CIT, DIT, DKIT, WIT) and Education and Training Boards (Kerry ETB, Clare Limerick ETB, Waterford Wexford ETB and Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute).

3rd Meath Special Olympic Winner

Meath, Navan, Special Olympics


It is great news this morning, Saturday, to learn of a 3rd Meath Special Olympic Medal winner.

Well deserved congratulations go to Rosemary O’Reilly from Collierstown, Tara, who took a Silver Medal in the Golf Individual Skills on day six at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Rosemary, as our 3rd Meath medal winner, boosts our spirits in this County, and remind us all of the unifying power of sport.