Latest from Liberties

December 7, 2017

At Liberties College of Further Education in the heart of the city more than 800 students enjoy PLC courses in Childcare, Social Studies, Youth and Community Work, Health Care, Montessori, Creative Arts, Tourism, General Education, IT and more…. Here is just a flavour of what they’ve been up to of late.

Finbarr Flood Scholarships

Two Liberties College students, Leroy Walsh and Louise Dolan, recently received Finbarr Flood Scholarships at a special awards dinner in the Guinness Storehouse.

These scholarships are awarded by Diageo/Guinness to students from the Dublin 8 area in recognition of commitment to study and academic achievement.

Leroy Walsh completed his secondary education at Marino College, a CDETB school and progressed to study Applied Social Studies in Liberties College last year. He is now studying Arts in Maynooth University.

Louise completed her Higher National Diploma in Media Studies in Liberties College as a mature student and this year she progressed to Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE College to a ‘top up’ degree programme accredited by Wolverhampton University.

Finbarr Flood Scholarship Award Winner  Leroy Walsh  with  his Mother Joanna  Walsh and former teachers Carmel Buckley and Statia Somers pictured with  Diageo Operations Manager Aidan Crowe Pic:Naoise Culhane
Louise Dolan pictured with  Diageo Operations Manager Aidan Crowe at the Guinness Storehouse for the Finbarr Flood Scholarship Awards. Pic:Naoise Culhane

Liberties CFE students contribute to YOUth Summit

Liberties CFE Youth & Community Studies students recently attended the YOUth Summit for Peace, Justice and Sustainable Development Goals in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. This was organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and Concern as part of One World Week.

In July 2018, Ireland will report to the United Nations on the progress we are making on these issues at national and international levels at a meeting in New York. Ireland’s two UN Youth Delegates are creating a report of young people’s opinions on key issues affecting them from a personal, local, national, and global perspective. This report will go to Government, policy makers and leaders in Ireland, Europe, and UN in 2018 and will help to inform the Irish reporting on SDGs progress from a youth perspective. This Summit gave young people an opportunity to discuss issues and provide feedback to this report thus ensuring their voice is heard.

Liberties College students brought their own energy to the occasion and their tutor, Dermot O Brien received very positive feedback from a number of facilitators about their contributions and the value of their presence on the day. The students were very inspired by some of the young people who spoke on the day and there was a sense amongst the group that they too could be on that stage in the future. Some commented that they would love to improve their public speaking skills and noted how the college staff help and encourage them when they are creating videos and making oral presentations in class.

Dermot O Brien (Facilitator) with Youth & Community students enjoying the YOUth Summit.


College Awareness Week

For the third year running Liberties College hosted a number of local groups for College Awareness Week 2017. The college was delighted to welcome the students from St Dominic’s Ballyfermot, St Joseph’s Stanhope Street, along with local Adult & Community Education programmes, Next Step, and the students from Youthreach Transition Centre, Ballymun & Pleasant Street. The visitors took part in taster activities and got to sit in on classes, attend presentations and talks followed by a tour of the college. All rounded off with a cup of tea and a chat.

Students from Ballyfermot Youthreach and St Dominic’s Ballyfermot



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