It’s ETB Week!

Celebrating 10 years since the establishment of Education and Training Boards

DDLETB is joining 15 other Education and Training Boards throughout Ireland for a week-long celebration of heroes and learners from 27th February – 3rd March.  To mark the milestone, a national ‘ETB Week’ is being coordinated by Education and Training Boards Ireland, which will run from 27th February – 3rd March. The week will showcase the services they provide to learners in local communities throughout the country: from Community National Schools to Community Colleges, Youth, Adult Education and Further Education and Training.

The celebrations kick off this morning with a launch at Liberties College. RTE Newsreader Ray Kennedy, Laura Byrne, 3rd year Media student in Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education and Music Generation South and Firhouse Community College students.

We will be keeping you updated throughout the day and the week about all of the great events taking place to mark the milestone.

ETB Excellence Awards

ETB Week celebrations will culminate in the ETB Excellence Awards, which will take place in Croke Park on 2nd March. The Excellence Awards will recognise individuals, initiatives and groups in ETBs across the country, that have had a significant impact on their community, and are going above and beyond to embody the ETB ethos.

Over the past month, ETBs across the country were invited to submit entries to a number of categories, including ‘ETB Hero’, ‘Excellence in Education Award’, and ‘Excellence Award for Equality’, amongst others. The winners will be announced at the upcoming awards ceremony.

Commenting on the milestone year, Paddy Lavelle, Chief Executive of Education and Training Boards Ireland, said: “This year marks 10 years since the establishment of Education and Training Boards across the country – which is an extremely important milestone for us. The 16 ETBs operating across the country play a vital role in providing a route to education for people within their community – no matter what stage of their education journey they are on.

“As we reflect on 10 years of ETB education provision, we are delighted to be able to celebrate some of the people and groups across the country that are doing exemplary work at our upcoming ETB Excellence Awards, and we are looking forward to recognising all the achievements of our ETBs across the week.”


In 2023, Ireland’s Education & Training Boards are celebrating 10 years since their establishment. To mark this event and showcase the services Education and Training Boards provide to learners we will have a number of initiatives including:

ETB Heroes

ETB Heroes

  • ETB Heroes media campaign featuring former and current ETB learners and staff who have excelled in their chosen field and who represent the best of what ETBs do. Heroes include RTE1 Newsreader Ray Kennedy, Singer Tolu Makay whose stunning interpretation of the Sawdoctors’ N17 charmed us, TG4 Rugby presenter and producer Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill, Teacher Michael Farrell and Olympian Jack McFadden. We will also meet current and past ETB staff and learners who have been inspired by their ETB Heroes.
  • National ETB Excellence Awards hosted by Ray Kennedy. Large in-person event taking place on Thursday 2nd March in Croke Park with awards presented by ETB Heroes and special guests.
  • ETB Anthem competition: ETB learners are invited to compose a national anthem for Education & Training Boards
  • “My ETB” creative multimedia competition

  • Staff tea party and other events at local ETB level
  • “Your ETB” National Staff video competition