Institute of Technology Carlow and Wexford GAA today announced an innovative education and research partnership between the two organisations.
The aim of the partnership is to develop and nurture sporting talent across county Wexford through a range of initiatives and opportunities, including knowledge sharing, student placements and research opportunities. The IT Carlow/Wexford GAA partnership also includes the establishment of a postgraduate educational scholarship scheme for Wexford students wishing to pursue further studies in the areas of sport science, business and marketing.
Chairman of Wexford GAA Micheál Martin commented, “Wexford GAA recently published its strategic plan “Ar Aghaidh Linn le Chéile” (Onwards Together) which outlines its vision for the next decade. Wexford GAA aims to be the lead sporting organisation in promoting core community values as well as the physical, mental and social wellbeing of our county. Our partnership with IT Carlow will help Wexford GAA realise this ambition and we look forward to a productive working relationship”.
Declan Browne, a member of the IT Carlow/Wexford GAA steering group and programme director of the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at IT Carlow commented, “Having worked closely with Wexford GAA in the past, and more recently with its high performance group, we have identified an ethos, vision and shared values for GAA in the region. We are delighted to announce this partnership and excited to work closely with Wexford GAA on a range of initiatives over the coming months”.
Declan Doyle, Vice-President for Development and Research, IT Carlow said, “I am delighted that IT Carlow is partnering with Wexford GAA. This collaboration will be fruitful to both organisations and by supporting each other and working together locally, great things can be achieved”.
Since its founding in 1970, Institute of Technology Carlow has generated over 65,000 graduates. With more than 10,000 enrolments and 800 staff, Institute of Technology Carlow provides higher educational programmes, and research and enterprise development opportunities, through its centres in Carlow, Wexford, and Wicklow. The Institute offers more than 80 taught programmes to Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), and boasts the second highest percentage of postgraduates in the IoT sector. Institute of Technology Carlow has the highest percentage of Lifelong Learners in the sector, which reflects the commitment to providing higher educational opportunities for all.
Pictured at the announcement were, front row (l-r): Micheál Martin, Wexford GAA Co. Chairman; Dr Paula Rankin, Head of Dept of Science & Health, IT Carlow; David Denieffe, Vice-President for Academic Affairs & Registrar, IT Carlow; Billy Walsh, Head Coach USA Boxing.
Back row (l-r): Ray Harris, Coaching & Games Manager, Wexford GAA; Alan Nolan, GAA Games Development Officer and course tutor, IT Carlow; Declan Browne, lecturer and Programme Director, MSc Strength & Conditioning, IT Carlow; Shane McCormack , Speed & Athletic Development Coach; Donal McNally, Director of Sport, IT Carlow.