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News Digest - May 2019

23 May 2019 –

Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday

Photo by Jason Clarke of Gary from Shopify with Ellen and Shauna from GLOW at NCI’s Marketing Practice Showcase

28 May 2019 – Irish Tech News

Blockchain – more than a buzzword

Why you should attend Terry Landers’ and Craig Dunn’s lecture at National College of Ireland, as part of the 5th plenary meeting of the ISO TC on Blockchain and DLT

15 May 2019 – The Irish Independent

Aoife Walsh: ‘Second chance maths exams offer an alternative to Leaving Cert grades’

NCI will hold a maths exam for entry to the Level 8 and Level 6 courses in Data Science, results of which will be considered instead of the H5 requirement in Leaving Cert maths.
The print edition of this article also included our open evening dates.

09 May 2019 – The Irish Times (supplement – print only)

Guide to Irish Business

National College of Ireland is listed at 843 in the top 1000 companies.


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14 May 2019 – DublinLive

Planning explained

In this guide to SDZs, Part 8 processes and SHDs, Mark O’Brien quotes president of NCI, Gina Quin, from her Irish Times op ed: “To date, less than 1 per cent of the total build space in the North Lotts/Docklands SDZ has been earmarked for social infrastructure, despite the original plan requiring social infrastructure to be delivered for community. That 1 per cent includes premium gyms, crèches and medical centres, providing so-called ‘social services’ only to those who can afford to pay full commercial rates for them. These are not community services.”

03 May 2019 – Reuters Health (syndicated article)

Loneliness - a common health threat for older adults

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NCI’s Joanna McHugh Power is quoted in this article responding to a CMAJ paper on loneliness.

03 May 2019 – The Irish Examiner 

Solas puts spotlight on work-based learning route back into workforce

In response to their “Women on Home Duties” report, there is coverage of Solas’s work in encouraging people back into the workforce, including the IFS apprentices at NCI.

30 May 2019 – Galway Advertiser (print only)

A thirty year journey with McDonald’s

Franchisee of Galway’s McDonald’s, Aaron Byrne, talks to the Galway Advertiser about his three decades with the company, including the fact that all McDonald’s managers are given the opportunity to study business management or related courses at National College of Ireland.

23 May 2019 – Accounting and Business (print only)

Europe/Americas winner Etain Doyle

Etain Doyle explains that her key objective when running for chair of ACCA Ireland was advancing opportunities for members, which included opportunities to improve their skills with a higher diploma in Data Science from NCI.

08 May 2019 – The Irish Independent (print only)

It is important to complete all sections of the SUSI form accurately

In the print version of her Going to College column, Aoife Walsh includes a listing of the next NCI open day.

24 May 2019 – Irish Tech News

Block W host interesting new breakfast event on blockchain

Information on ‘Blockchain Standards and Popular Use Cases’ event held at NCI

15 May 2019 - Irish Tech News

Blockchain Ireland week: 40+ events nationwide

Coverage of Blockchain Ireland Week includes mention of NCI founding president, Joyce O’Connor.

07 May 2019 –

Waterways Ireland appoints new Acting Chief Executive

John McDonagh, who holds a master’s in finance from NCI, has been appointed acting CEO of Waterways Ireland.

16 May 2019 – The Clare Champion (print only)

New Waterways Ireland chief

Further coverage of NCI alumnus John McDonagh’s appointment to acting CEO of Waterways Ireland.

10 May 2019 – The Irish Examiner (print only)

On the grapevine

Carol Vaughan, who has a BA in HRM from NCI, has been appointed HR Manager at Singlepoint.

22 May 2019 – Wicklow People (print only)

No poster campaign for Independent Mary

Independent candidate for Wicklow, Cllr Mary Kavanagh, has a degree in HR from NCI.

23 May 2019 – Limerick Post

The right stuff for mayor

Discussing all potential mayoral candidates for Limerick, this article notes that Josephine Feehily, chair of the Policing Authority in Ireland, is a graduate of NCI.

17 May 2019 – The Irish Sun

TEA-RRIFIC Irish woman behind ‘Chi Fit’ teas came up with brew idea while recovering after being struck by drunk driver

Dr Rosalind Beere, lecturer at NCI, has brought a premium, environmentally friendly, low caffeine tea to market.

20 May 2019 – The Irish Examiner

Fast food heiress opts for herbal teas over taco kebabs

NCI Lecturer, Dr Rosalind Beere, has signed a distribution deal with Boots for her ‘Chi Fit’ teas.

03 May 2019 – The Irish Independent

Doctors discover Irish student who was admitted to hospital for depression actually had a deadly brain infection

NCI student, Hannah Farrell, spent the best part of a year believing stress and overwork had her exhausted and down. However, it was anti-nmda receptor encephalitis, which took her to a crisis point, before diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for the nearly another year. Hannah returned to NCI, where her hard work and positivity have been an inspiration to all, and completed her Psychology degree using her own experience as thesis material. We are all very proud of her.

03 May 2019 – The Irish Mirror

Irish student sent to psychiatric hospital was actually suffering from deadly brain bug.

Coverage of NCI Psychology degree student Hannah Farrell’s diagnosis with anti-nmda receptor encephalitis.