A Horeswood plasterer is travelling to Russia this summer to represent Ireland at the WorldSkills trades championships.
Jake Shannon, 21, from Aclare, Horeswood, is in the third year of his plastering apprenticeship and is due to qualify this Christmas.
From a construction background - his father Joe runs Shannon Bros construction - Jake said he has always enjoyed working with his hands.
Among 7,000 trainees nationally, 170 people were chosen for the competition and Jake was one of 27 winners.
Having been put forward by his lecturer because of his excellent theory and practical results and potential, Jake made it to the finals and won the all Ireland title, getting such a high mark that he was immediately put forward to represent Ireland in the world skills competition in Kazan between August 21 and August 25.
His proud parents Elizabeth and Joe, family and friends, will be cheering Jake on when he competes in Kazan. Jake works with Joe throughout Ireland with his company.
He said there are many challenges with plastering. 'I got the points to do what I wanted to do but under my roof if you want something you're told to go do it yourself. I had seen friends who started courses only to stop doing it after a year so I just started working under my Dad's wing.
'There are a lot of aspects in plastering. People think it's just throwing stuff on a wall and leaving it but I work with dry system construction, structuring the insides of a house. You have to be very precise with your measurements, especially when you are doing moulding.'
Jake will do intense training with plastering expert Joe Clark in Waterford ahead of his Russian trip.