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Friday, 2nd December 2022

Drogheda Institute of Further Education Students of the Year Awards 2022

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Jasmine Carroll (Overall Student of the Year.

Drogheda Institute of Further Education Student of the Year Ceremony for 2022 Graduates was held in DIFE last week and this year awarding 47 outstanding students from the 2022 cohort were honoured.

The awards ceremony also saw the graduates of the Data Centre Technician programme in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) attend the ceremony for the conferring of their academic programme which officially concluded their studies. 

These awards were presented by Claire O'Sullivan from Amazon Web Services (AWS).  This was a momentous occasion with both representatives from DIFE and AWS acknowledging the great success and incredible achievements of learners throughout the programme.

Martin O Brien, CE of Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) commended the student’s dedication, work ethic and achievement in developing a career for themselves and acknowledged the programme as a superb vehicle of focused collaboration between further education and industry, leading to tangible and meaningful change for people in the region.   

Also graduating on the day were ten NEBDN Irish Diploma in Dental Nursing Students whose Diplomas presented by Fergus O' Dowd, TD.  

Keynote Speakers at the event were Martin O'Brien CE LMETB, Sadie Ward Mc Dermott, Director of Further Education and Training LMETB, Finbarr Murphy Drogheda Credit Union.

Claire O’Sullivan (AWS), Mylene Connor (AWS Student of the Year).

Certificates and Trophies were presented to the 47 nominees from a variety of courses for the overall DIFE student of the year Award Ceremony.  

Jasmine Carroll won the overall student of the year award.  She completed a QQI Level 5 certificate in Art, Craft and Design Group B.

Jasmine came to DIFE as a high achieving Leaving Cert graduate who received 625 points in her Leaving Cert. She had the option to choose any course that she wanted to do but chose to do a PLC course.

Fergus O’Dowd (TD) and David Johnson (Applied Social Studies with Psychology Student of the Year)

She considered this PLC course a very solid option for her. It can be an affordable option for many to explore course possibilities and whether they are the right fit for that learner.

Jasmine felt it was the right decision for her.  Jasmine presented herself in a very professional and enthusiastic manner and put huge effort into her course. She proved herself to be an excellent candidate for 3rd Level, Jasmine wants to become an Art Educator and is presently studying in the NCAD.  

We wish her every success in the next exciting chapter of her education and no doubt she will excel in NCAD. She is a true ambassador for DIFE and has nothing but good things to say of her experience as a learner which she expressed very eloquently in an interview on LMFM for the Open Day. She represented DIFE in the LMETB Robert Ballagh Art Competition and secured 1st place in the Further Education Category.

Sharon Tolan (BOM Chairperson) presenting the Ciara Duncan Perpetual Trophy to Amy Flanagan.

The Kiara Duncan Perpetual Trophy was presented to Amy Flanagan, Beauty Therapy Level 6, presented by Cllr Sharon Tolan.  This trophy is dedicated to Kiara, a former Beauty Therapy student in DIFE, who died tragically in a road traffic accident in Australia in 2007.  

Following Kiara’s passing, the Beauty Department created The Kiara Duncan Memorial Trophy in her memory and every year since it has been presented to the student who has shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm, and willingness to embrace all the opportunities presented to them.  Amy Flanagan certainly is a deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

The O' Reilly Thomas Bursary Award, was presented to  pre-university with Law and Criminology student Award Chloe Kenna (above) presented by local solicitor Joe Thomas.

DIFE Principal Davy McDonnell congratulated all the students present on their achievements and wished them and the DIFE students in the class of 2022 every success in their future endeavours.

Drogheda Institute of Further Education thanked Drogheda Credit Union for their generous sponsorship of this event. DIFE would also like to thank Pauline Sheeran and her committee for organizing such a memorable event.

Applications for Drogheda Institute for full time courses commencing September 2023 are currently open at

Hats off to them - the 2022 Students of the Year in the various categories at DIFE.
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