Silver medal wins for apprentices
Two apprentices from Wicklow were presented with silver medals by Minister Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon T.D. in recognition of being national champions in their respective trades.
The prestigious award ceremony organised by IrelandSkills was held in Dublin to present the top 42 Irish apprentices and students with medals in recognition of their achievements in winning the 2012 and 2013 IrelandSkills national competitions in their respective skills.
Among the medal recipients was self employed car painter Vincent Harney of Station Road, Dunlavin who attended the Dublin Institute of Technology. Another Wicklow winner was sheet metal worker Marcus Doran from Rocklodge who is employed by Anthony Flood, Carnew Iron Crafts.
Speaking at the event, Ciaran Cannon T.D. said, 'all of today's winners should be very proud of their significant achievement in winning this national title. Not many people claim to be the best people in the country in their skill but these people can. The fact that they achieved so much will stand stand them in good stead for their careers and see them rewarded for their achievements. To see so many talented tradespeople shows we have bright future in this country. The great success Irish apprentices and students had at World Skills shows that skills' levels in this country are higher than many other countries worldwide and for that we should be very proud.'