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Nicola Mitchell

Nicola Mitchell is the coordinator of Faith Renewal at Knock Shrine. Nicola formerly the director of Youth Ministry at the Shrine is passionate about engaging with people and helping them connect with their faith.  She recognises the importance of young people in the church today and works to encourage and support people to explore and ignite their faith and to live their life to the fullest.

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Linda Lally

Linda Lally, Apprenticeship Training Advisor will attend and speak on Wednesday April 17th

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Pauric Mc Weeney

Pauric Mc Weeney, Apprenticeship Training Advisor will speak on  Tuesday April 16th

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Hugh Boyle

Hugh Boyle is a Marine Biologist with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from NUI Galway and a master’s degree in Applied Marine Conservation from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Hugh conducted research on blue mussel genetics in an aquaculture setting, with the assistance of Bord Iascaigh Mhara. During this research, Hugh first became interested in aquaculture in Ireland. This led to Hugh working on blue mussel projects as a research assistant with GMIT after completing his master’s degree.  Through his work and studies, Hugh has developed a broad knowledge of marine biology and aquaculture which he shares with students as Project Facilitator on board the ARC.

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Áine-lisa Shannon

Áine-lisa Shannon is a project facilitator for the Aquaculture Remote Classroom (ARC). Áine-lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from NUI Galway and master’s degree in Marine Biology from University College Cork. Áine-lisa has a keen interest in science communication, aquaculture, and food sustainability. Having worked on many research vessels all around the Atlantic Ocean, Áine-lisa has lots of hands-on experience at sea and has worked in a management role on a prawn farm in Australia. This is also not the first time Áine-lisa has worked with children as she taught many science experiments to primary schools through Steam Education Ltd.

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Katie Boyle

Katie Boyle is a Marine Microbiologist who studied at University Galway. Katie has experience working on Oyster and Mussel farms across Ireland throughout her
studies as well as experience on Irish research vessels. This experience sparked her enthusiasm for aquaculture, especially aquaculture in Ireland. Katie has always been involved in teaching throughout her time at University Galway, mentoring students, demonstrating in labs and even teaching science experiments to primary school student’s through Cell Explorers. Katie is keen to share her knowledge of Aquaculture in Ireland and love of the ocean through fun and exciting lessons on board the ARC.

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Rachel Stanley

St Mary’s University has a strong and supportive community of staff and student, as well as a long & distinguished history in education, and world-class sports facilities. If you’d like to find out more, come along to our session!

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Daniel Molloy
Danny started as an apprentice with ESB Networks in 2002. Upon successfully completing a four year apprenticeship he spent a year working with ESB contracting partners Laing o’ Rourke Utilities Ltd. He re-joined ESB Networks on new works at our busy Finglas depot in 2007. Danny worked as team member and PICW carrying out associated tasks including standby on call up until 2017.
At that stage he took up an Engineering Officer role in the central division until his recent appointment as an apprentice supervisor.
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An Garda Siochana
An Garda Síochána is the national police service of Ireland, with approximately 14,000 Garda members, 3,500 Garda staff and 350 Garda Reserve members – a total workforce of almost 18,000. The mission of An Garda Síochána is “Keeping People Safe”.
An Garda Síochána is directed and controlled by the Garda Commissioner. An Garda Síochána is unique among policing services internationally as a unitary body responsible for the security of the State and the provision of policing services. The two functions are united by an underpinning philosophy: the protection of the individual and the safety of communities. An Garda Síochána is in and of the community and community policing is the key to and at the core of the ethos of the Organisation.
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Tanya Jones

Tertiary Degrees:  achieving students’ potential through newly established collaborative pathway between Further Education and Training (FET) and Higher Education (HE).

Tanya Jones has a strong background in education and business management with extensive experience working in the Irish education sector for over 20 years. During her career Tanya have gained an in-depth understanding of FET, HE, Schools and wider education sector. She served as Director of Further Education and Training and senior manger for strategy and policy of Further Education and Training at ETBI since 2019 where she led the delivery of complex national strategic projects across the ETB and FET networks as well as representing Ireland of the EUproVET Board.

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