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Hugh Bergin to give talk on his epic cycle from Ireland to Burma


There will be a treat for all lovers of epic adventure stories, and indeed cycling enthusiasts, when Hugh Bergin comes to DkIT to talk about his epic journey across Europe and Asia by bicycle. Come to S216 on Wednesday the 30th April from 3 - 4pm. Everyone is very welcome.

Hugh's trip, which was entirely self financed, raised funds for two charities, the DkIT supported GBS project and the Susie Long Hospice fund. Hugh set out from Kilkenny last May, travelling 15,000 miles across Europe, central Asia, Pakistan and India, finally reaching the Thai Burma border on Christmas eve before visiting the GBS school in Nu Po camp and then continuing on around Burma/Myanmar.

Hugh's Journey




Alumni Stories: Patricia Duffy and the Dundalk School of Music

Patricia Duffy is the founder of the Dundalk School of Music. She also studied at DkIT in the Section of Music at the School of Informatics and Creative Arts. In the video below she tells of her early days in a family with a strong musical tradition, how she came to found the Dundalk School of Music and she also talks about her time at Dundalk IT.

Thanks to Patricia and the very talented staff and pupils of the Dundalk School of Music for their cooperation in making this video.





Calling all alumni. We want to hear your stories.

A history of DKIT is currently being written by Dr. Deirdre McArdle-Clinton, former lecturer. The astounding changes which Ireland has undergone over the past four decades have been reflected in your college as it negotiated shifts in technology, in social thinking, in recruitment practices and in education while moving from Dundalk RTC to DKIT.

You are the ones with the stories and we want to hear them. We understand that you are probably very busy with your careers and family responsibilities but we appeal to you to consider giving us an account of your experiences. Without YOU the college would have no history. If it is not written down it will be lost forever. MAKE YOUR MARK IN THIS IMPORTANT BOOK

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Dr. Deirdre McArdle-Clinton and her husband Pat Clinton who will also be working on the book


Student Seeks Help with Survey

Ramona Rieger, a visiting German student at Dundalk IT, as part of her studies, is developing a business plan for a career service for graduates. She has asked if the alumni of DkIT could assist by filling out the following short survey. The company 'StepUp' referred to in the survey is not an actual commercial entity but is rather the name Ramona has chosen around which to build her business plan.

Thanks for any help you might be able to give.



Sad News of the Passing of Pat Herr

We recently featured a photo from 1980 (reproduced below) of lecturer Pat Herr with his class of first year Construction Studies students and it is with sadness we report his recent death.

Pat was a hugely popular figure with both students and staff. One former student who studied under Pat recalled how he was known to have travelled around building sites in the early days of Dundalk RTC trying to recruit young people to come on to the excellent courses on offer, and many did.

Pat had originally attended Bolton Street College of Technology where he studied woodwork. Prior to teaching at Dundalk RTC from 1971, he taught at Monaghan VEC. Pat was very active in the Credit Union movement in Co. Monaghan and also in Blackrock Credit Union when he moved to Co. Louth. He was a keen cyclist and golfer.

To his wife Rosetta, sons Ollan, Ciaran, Padraig, Neal and Ultan, daughters Sally-Ann and Rosetta, brother Conall, sisters Eileen, Maureen and Emer, extended family and friends we offer our deepest sympathies. May he rest in peace.

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