An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD met fellow Mayo high achievers when he visited IT Sligo, including a Claremorris student who has designed an online aid for those with dyslexia and a Castlebar man who is carrying out research into a revolutionary wastewater treatment plan.
Mr. Kenny met scholarship winner and fellow Mayoman, Paul Murphy, a student on the Creative Design and Innovation degree course who has devised and designed an online aid system for people who have dyslexia.
Paul, who hails from Claremorris, is the inaugural winner of the Student Entrepreneurship Scholarship, which is jointly funded by IT Sligo, Foroige’s Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and ACE (Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship).
During his visit to IT Sligo, An Taoiseach congratulated Health Science and Physiology student, and Castlebar WFC player, Emma Hansberry, on winning the FAI Women’s Under 19 International Player of the Year award.
He also enjoyed a chat with the second Emma from Mayo – Emma Mullin, from Kilmaine – IT Sligo’s FAI Football Facilitator, and four times senior All Ireland winner with the Mayo GAA Ladies senior team.
IT Sligo civil engineering graduate, Glenn Gordon, from Castlebar, Co Mayo, took the opportunity to brief An Taoiseach about his research work when Mr. Kenny visited the campus to see progress on a major building extension and meet students, researchers and staff.
Glenn, who received the highest marks awarded in a prestigious nationwide Irish Research Council (IRC) Scholarship Scheme, is completing a wastewater treatment plant civil and environmental engineering research project which could lead to substantial economic savings as well as helping the environment.