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Tuesday 23 April 2019

IT Liam's top carpentry skills

President of IT Sligo, Dr Brendan McCormack, Liam Meehan (Ireland Skills National Carpentry Winner), David Treacey (Training Manager for Main Sponsors, John Sisks & Sons Ltd.), with IT Sligo Lecturer and Ireland Skills Cheif Examiner in Joinery, John Joe O’Reilly
President of IT Sligo, Dr Brendan McCormack, Liam Meehan (Ireland Skills National Carpentry Winner), David Treacey (Training Manager for Main Sponsors, John Sisks & Sons Ltd.), with IT Sligo Lecturer and Ireland Skills Cheif Examiner in Joinery, John Joe O’Reilly

A student of IT Sligo studying Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building program has won the national title for carpentry at the Ireland Skills event in Dublin recently. Liam Meehan from Cavan was one of 125 students and apprentices to compete in the three-day event at the RDS.

It showcased new talent in 25 different disciplines from aircraft maintenance, electrical, construction, hospitality & catering and computing. In a three day 18 hour competition the best young talents in Ireland were stretched to the limit in their chosen disciplines in a highly pressurised environment with expert judges and over 18,000 visitors looking over their shoulders, among them President Michael D Higgins.

Under this intense spotlight, IT Sligo's Liam displayed nerves of steel as he tackled a very complex carpentry project which entailed the construction of a complex framework and roof. Liam is the first graduate from the Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building course to win the national title.

He now has a chance to represent Ireland in the 45th WorldSkills finals in Kazan, Russia in August.

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