Trinity College Dublin DDLETB

Lucan CC Students of German Are Runners-Up In Trinity College Language Competition

It was announced today in Times that Lucan Community College students of German are runners up in an inaugural Trinity College TY language competition.

“Language competence is one of the biggest skills gaps in the Irish labour market and language graduates are highly sought after in a variety of sectors,” Dr Hoare told The Irish Times.

“The aim of this competition was to encourage creative and critical thinking amongst TY students about why they would like to become fluent in a particular language as well as why they would like to learn about the culture and literature associated with the language.”

Well done to the students and the staff who supported them to enter the competition.

More than 100 transition year groups around the country entered the competition which called on students to answer why they would love to be fluent in a certain language. Students were asked to use their “creative and critical thinking” to design a poster and record a short 3-5 minute podcast explaining their passion for a foreign language.

Hopefully, other DDLETB schools will be involved next year now that the way has been so well paved!

A reminder that next year 2020/21 marks the start of 4 new curricular languages being introduced to 5th year: Polish, Portuguese, Lithuanian and Chinese. In 2022, students will be examined in reading, writing, speaking and listening in those 4 languages – not only reading and writing which is currently the case with other non-curricular languages.


Air Corps In Baldonnel Presented With QQI awards

QQI Awards event: certificates presented to staff from the Air Corps in Lucan Education Centre on 20th November 2019.

Congratulations to members of the Air Corps in Baldonnel on achieving QQI awards. Four members of the Air Corps were presented with their QQI certificates at a ceremony in Lucan Education Centre on Wednesday 20th November 2019. The Adult Education Service (Southwest) is collaborating with the Air Corps as part of a national project on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the Defence Forces. The project aims to recognise and validate the learning and skills that staff have achieved through experience on-the-job.


Pictured: Brigadier General Rory O’Connor, Irish Air Corps and Paddy Lavelle, CEO DDLETB with members of the Air Corps who received their certificates.

The RPL process allows learners to gain certification without having to attend a course in what they already know. The RPL project team in Lucan supported the group to identify and document their on-the-job learning and to compile portfolios for assessment in areas such as IT and Workplace Safety. The structured supports included an induction day, adult education guidance and a series of mentoring sessions last Autumn and Spring.

This is a pilot project for DDLETB in Recognition of Prior Learning.


Brigadier General Rory O’Connor, Paddy Lavelle and Darren Cosgrave made speeches about the impact of the project.


The four Air Corps participants on the project made a presentation to the RPL team, saying it with flowers! The evening rounded off with refreshments and everyone took the opportunity to stay and mingle.


Pictured: Terry  Murray, Monica McGrath RPL mentor, Conor McDonnell, Darren Cosgrave, Fiona Fay QA Unit, Paul Kavanagh, Lorraine Mullally RPL mentor, Elaine Gahan Adult Education Guidance Service

Adrian Flynn DDLETB Teacher Induction

DDLETB Second Level Teacher Induction 2019

Adrian Flynn DDLETB Teacher Induction

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board Teacher Induction Programme 2019 concluded this week with a record number of participants. Newly-appointed teachers, from across our 29 post-primary schools, collaborated during a workshop on Technology-Enhanced Learning and Human Resources delivered by Sam Conroy and Hazel Brown.

In wrapping up the event, Director of Schools Adrian Flynn wished all attendees the very best in the careers and encouraged them to look out for one another and ensure their well-being was a priority for them as it is for all in DDLETB. Adrian went on to thank the teacher volunteers who led the Programme including Mick Mooney and Nicola McKitterick (St. Finian’s CC), Deborah Galbraith (CP Setanta), and Joanne McKeever and Paddy McGill (Grange CC). David McGuinness was thanked for his coordination of the Programme.

We are honoured to have such talented and enthusiastic teachers working across our second-level schools.

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


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