Sitting Pretty Furniture Design & Making Exhibition

Sitting Pretty is a showcase of work of past and present students of Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute’s Furniture Design & Making course. The exhibition is currently running in the impressive Lexicon Library in Dun Laoghaire and continues until June 23rd.

The show was officially opened on May 23 by a Cathaoirleach Ossian Smyth, and celebrates 10 years of furniture making and musical instrument making and design at DFEI. It is well worth a visit to see how wood has been transformed into stunning artefacts.

Bill Vernon, Marketing and Product Development Specialist, Dave Tracey, Joinery Works Manager at John Sisk & Son. An Cathaoirleach Ossian Smyth, Eoghan O'Murchadha Principal of DFEi

Bill Vernon, Marketing and Product Development Specialist, Dave Tracey, Joinery Works Manager at John Sisk & Son. An Cathaoirleach Ossian Smyth, Eoghan O’Murchadha Principal of DFEi

Lots of Opportunities in Irish Design

Two special guests on the night of the opening were Bill Vernon, Marketing and Product Development Specialist and Dave Tracey, Joinery Works Manager at John Sisk & Son.  Both men have a vast depth of knowledge of the furniture making and manufacturing industry from all corners of the world. Their message can only inspire those embarking on a career in this area. There are plenty of opportunities for Irish design and craftsmanship and apprenticeships as an option for young people can be the start of a fulfilling and exciting career.

Paddy Lavelle - Sitting Pretty Exhibition

DDLETB CEO, Paddy Lavelle admires a piece of furniture.


Dara Howlett - Funirture Design

Dara Howlett – Furniture Design


Daragh Hickey - Instrument Making

Daragh Hickey – Instrument Making Graduate

You can find out more about this course here –



International Maths Olympiad

Lucan Community College Student To Compete In International Maths Olympiad

Congratulations to Lucan Community College student Alex Hanley who achieved 4th place on the role of honour in the Irish Mathematical Olympiad and qualifies to compete on the Irish team in the International Maths Olympiad in July. What an achievement!

What is IrMO?

The Irish Mathematical Olympiad (IrMO) is a national mathematics contest for secondary school students. Training for this contest takes place at a number of mathematics enrichment centres around the country:


NUI Galway

Maynooth University

University College Cork

University College Dublin

University of Limerick

The primary aim of the enrichment classes is to cultivate a love and appreciation for mathematics among talented students – this is achieved by giving such students exposure to deeper, more challenging and more interesting mathematical problems than those encountered on the school syllabus. The performance of students in the IrMO is used to identify a team of up to six students who will represent Ireland at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), a prestigious international mathematics competition.

Well done to Alex and his teachers in Lucan Community College. #LearnAchieveSucceed.

Swords Primary School Principals

Rivervalley CNS and Broadmeadow CNS will open in September 2019

Paddy Lavelle (CE DDLETB) and Adrian P. Flynn (Director of Schools DDLETB) were delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Anne McArdle to the post of Principal in Rivervalley Community National School and Mr Michael Byrne to the post of Principal in Broadmeadow Community National School.
Swords Community School Principals

L-R, Mr Adrian P. Flynn Director of Schools DDLETB, Mr Michael Byrne Principal Broadmeadow CNS, Ms Anne McArdle Principal Rivervalley CNS, and Mr Paddy Lavelle CEO DDLETB

“DDLETB have a strong presence in the Swords Community through our existing post-primary schools Fingal Community College, St. Finian’s Community College and Swords Community College. We are grateful to the people of Swords for entrusting the opening of their new primary schools to us. We wish our newly-appointed Principals every success in their roles,” said Paddy Lavelle, CE of Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board.
Adrian P. Flynn, Director of Schools with DDLETB, a Swords resident and former Deputy Principal in St. Finian’s Community College went on to say “DDLETB provide the administrative support to schools that ensure our schools can concentrate on what really matters to students and their families which is providing the highest quality teaching and learning experiences. I have enjoyed huge support, through my capacity as a teacher and Deputy Principal in Swords, and I know that the community will rally behind Anne and Michael as they begin the process of starting our new schools to serve the needs of the next generation of Swords families.”
Newly-appointed Principal Anne McArdle added “I am honoured to take on this very important role in Rivervalley. I would like to thank Paddy, Adrian and everyone in DDLETB for the support to date. If parents would like more information regarding the opening of Rivervalley Community National School, please contact me via email on”
Michael Byrne concluded by saying “I am delighted to be given this opportunity to contribute to the educational provision in Swords through DDLETB. I am excited about our new school, to be located off the Rathbeale Road on the same campus as Swords Community College, and I encourage parents to contact me via email on about our enrolment and further details about the school.”
Community National Schools are the state’s response to the increase in diversity in Irish society. The core pillars of this 21st-Century school patronage model are multi-denominational, Community Focused, Equality Based, and Excellence in Education. The Department of Education and Skills held a public consultation in 2018 to determine who the patron of the new schools should be. Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board were selected, ahead of Educate Together, An Foras Pátrúnachta and Scoil Sinead, to open both primary schools in September 2019.
DDLETB Youth-Club-Equipment-Grant

Apply Now For Local Youth Club Equipment Grant Scheme

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD has recently approved €1m in capital funding for a local youth club equipment scheme for volunteer-led youth clubs and groups.

The scheme has been designed to support youth work activities at a local level, with priority given to clubs/groups catering for young people aged 10-21.  The scheme is open to all local youth clubs/groups that fulfil the eligibility criteria of the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme.

 In this regard, attached please find Local Youth Club Equipment Grant Scheme 2019 application form.

Final LYCES Application form 2019 V1

Completed applications should be returned  no later than 12pm Friday 28thJune 2019 to