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Monday 15 October 2018

Wexford students attend technology showcase

Shane Corbett from Sunlife Financial with Sophie Fitzgerald and Therese Kehoe from St Mary's Secondary School, New Ross
Shane Corbett from Sunlife Financial with Sophie Fitzgerald and Therese Kehoe from St Mary's Secondary School, New Ross

Esther Hayden

A number of schools from across Wexford took part in the inaugural Crystal Valley Tech showcase in WIT last week.

Students from St. Mary's CBS in Enniscorthy, St Mary's Secondary School in New Ross and Colaiste an Atha in Kilmuckridge got to see how technology and ICT are thriving in Wexford and the South East.

Over 50 companies showcased their rapidly growing industry in the WIT Arena last Thursday with around 2,000 members of the public, college and second level students, recruiters, government agencies and other industry leaders in attendance.

Dr Padraig Kirwan, Head of Computing & Mathematics at Waterford Institute of Technology said the future is bright for the technology industry.

'Computing is thriving in the South East judging by the number and diversity of ICT companies in attendance at the event. Even more encouraging is the number of second level students who attended from Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary and Wexford and how interested they are about the career opportunities in this exciting industry.'

Elaine Fennelly, Bluefin Payment Systems General Manager and co-founder of Crystal Valley Tech is very excited about the industry in the South East.

'People who work in the industry already know that tech is well established in the South East and the number of opportunities and companies continues to grow and grow. According to a recent Tech Ireland report there are over 60 indigenous and multinational companies employing well over 1,500 people from their bases in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow.

The 50 exhibitors included Bluefin Payment Systems, Sun Life Financial, Routematch, Red Hat, TSSG and Nearform.

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