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.
BFEI-Exhibition DDLETB

Design Exhibition At Blackrock Further Education Institute

Blackrock Further Education Institute’s Design students will showcase their creative abilities and skills at the annual end of year Design Exhibition which will take place on Wednesday 22nd May and Thursday 23rd May 2019.

BFEI-Exhibition-Invitation-2019 Design Exhibition

The exhibition will be open from 10.00am until 4.00pm each day and will showcase the work of students from the Interior Design, Landscape Design, Graphic Design and Web Design & Digital Media courses. We are delighted that Deirdre Whelan, renowned Interior Designer and presenter of the television series ‘Home of the Year”, will officially open the Exhibition at 6.30pm on Tuesday 21st May.

An array of projects will be exhibited including the transformation of the Urban Junction building in Blackrock into a Bookshop and Art gallery and some innovative logos and murals for the village of Blackrock designed by the graphic students. Our Landscape students will exhibit a variety of garden ideas. All are welcome to attend!


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


Voting Starts Soon For A New Post-Primary School In Citywest & Saggart.

Parents in Citywest and Saggart are working with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB in order to open a new Community College in 2020.

Our Community Colleges put inclusion at the heart of learning where everybody is supported to reach their full potential.

In our classrooms, we promote a Universal Design for Learning where each student’s needs and abilities are considered and planned for. This way, everybody engages with the curriculum at their level of attainment.

In addition to the highest quality teaching and learning in our schools, we also provide the highest-spec shared community facilities that local sports clubs and community groups benefit from.

Take a look at the testimonials below from parents and children on why they are supporting DDLETB for the new post-primary school in Saggart/Citywest.

 Please follow this exciting community-led school project through our campaign facebook page or our campaign Instagram page



Please follow this exciting community-led school project through our campaign facebook page or our campaign Instagram page


Blackrock Further Education Institute & Erasmus+ Learning Opportunities

Five Blackrock Further Education Institute students of Information Technology have recently returned from the beautiful city of Utrecht in the Netherlands having successfully completed a mandatory two week work experience placement as part of their QQI level 5 major award.    Working with BFEI’s partner, ROC Midden, the students who are currently studying Games Design and Development, Computer Science and Web Design and Digital Media, were assigned to Success Media, a digital media company.

During their placement Cian, Jack, Rajendr, Evan and Seán Óg were given an opportunity to practice and develop their web authoring and design skills.  They also enjoyed developing their WordPress and search engine optimisation skills. And when work ended at 5pm each day, there was plenty of opportunities to explore the cultural and social aspects of this very vibrant city.  Cian Cusack described it as the “best experience of my life” while Jack Landy reported that the “whole experience has given my confidence a huge boost”.

Léargas, as the National Agency for supporting international exchange and collaboration, provided the funding to cover the cost of flights, accommodation, and day to day living expenses for all participants.  The positive impact on the students has been considerable.  They have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of living, learning and working abroad.  They have had a unique opportunity to enhance their technical and professional skills thus enhancing their employability. Living away from home for the first time has greatly enhanced their self-confidence and independence. Evan Doyle wisely advised that “any student who gets the opportunity to participate in Erasmus+ should take it”!

BFEI is still relatively new to Erasmus+ projects, having successfully completed their first student mobility project only last year.  The plan for the future is to expand our involvement so students studying with us in all disciplines can have the opportunity to experience this unique learning experience.








Local Youth Club Grant

Apply Now For Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2019

The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme supports youth work activities at a local level by providing grant aid towards the cost of running clubs and groups and is part funded by the proceeds from the National Lottery.

Download Local Youth Club Grant Scheme Application Form here – latest date for receipt of applications is 3rd May 2019

The scheme is open to over 1,600 youth groups and clubs, with an estimated 90,000 club members around the country.  The primary focus of the scheme is to assist volunteer-led youth clubs that provide a programme of youth work activities for young people.  Clubs that work with young people but are not specifically providing youth work may also be eligible to apply under the scheme.

These grants are made available to all youth clubs and groups through the local Education and Training Boards (ETBs).   The scheme, which is open to new entrants, will be advertised locally and applications for funding will be invited by the ETBs from local groups in their respective areas.  Each ETB will be advertising the scheme on their website over the coming months.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs , Dr. Katherine Zappone expressed confidence that the additional monies being allocated would positively impact on the lives of young people. She said:

“In every part of the country which I have had the opportunity to visit, I have seen at first hand the important impact that youth clubs have on local communities and the lives of young people who attend these clubs. These clubs are providing adventure, activities and opportunities for our young people.

The impact of small clubs working on the ground is huge, reaching practically every community in the country – and is deserving of Government support.

Through their efforts, young people are developing their talents, skills and experiences which will make them leaders of the future.

This additional funding will mean a greater volume of volunteer-led youth activities over the next year, which is a priority for my Department. I encourage every volunteer club or group to check locally for application details and see how it can benefit their work.”

Download the full guide to the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme here. 



National Geography Award for Sadhbh Nevins of Donabate Community College

The 2018 Gwenda Hurst Memorial Medal has been awarded to Donabate Community College past pupil Sadhbh Nevins, who sat her Leaving Certificate last June. Each year, the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland selects the most meritorious paper in the Leaving Certificate Geography examination for the award. In total 23,326 students sat the Leaving Certificate Geography examination in 2018 and of these 636 students scored a H1 at higher level. Sadhbh managed to receive the highest result in the country.

Sadbh - Donabate Community College

Sadhbh and her teacher, Ms. Fiona Cuskelly, along with Sadhbh’s mother, Erika and sister, Avril, attended the award ceremony in Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday 13th March. Both Sadhbh and Ms Cuskelly were presented with medals to recognise this wonderful achievement.

Sadbh - Donabate Community College

During the award ceremony, Ms Cuskelly highlighted why Sadhbh was so deserving of the award. “I could see that Sadhbh had a passion for Geography after the first week of fifth year. Sadhbh’s commitment to her class work and study was admirable. She always strove for perfection. Every piece of work that she produced was completed with enthusiasm to a very high standard. I feel privileged to have taught Sadhbh. I’m going to take some credit in fostering her love of the subject and her choice to pursue it at third level. Sadhbh is an incredible role model for what you can achieve when you apply yourself. I know Sadhbh will continue to flourish while studying Geography and Sociology in Trinity College and I wish her all the success she deserves in her future endeavours”. President of the AGTI, Peter Lydon, commented that he believes Sadhbh is the first student to have won the award that has gone on to study Geography at third level.

Congratulations to Sadbh and Ms Cuskelly on their wonderful achievement from all at Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB.

Geography Teachers of Ireland Award