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DIT trainee's stellar performance at WorldSkills 2017

Posted: 23 October, 2017

In a stellar performance representing Ireland, DIT trainee Eoin Shorthall has won a Medallion for Excellence in Welding at the WorldSkills Competition 2017, which took place in Abu Dhabi last week.

DIT Welding Trainee Eoin Shorthall takes a break while competing at the WorldSkills Competition 2017

Eoin is a Kilkenny native and was a member of the Irish WorldSkills team that took home seven Medallions for Excellence overall at the 44th WorldSkills Competition. The Medallions for Excellence were awarded to Irish competitors for the following skills: Welding, Aircraft Maintenance, Plumbing and Heating, Beauty Therapy, Restaurant Service, Construction Metal Work and Cabinet Making.

Team Ireland at the WorldSkills Competition 2017 Opening Ceremony

Eoin travelled to Abu Dhabi with three other competitors from DIT - Gary Horgan(Heavy Vehicle Mechanics), Kevin Hough (Electrical Installations) and Brendan Muldowney (Industrial Control) who all trained full-time with their respective DIT coaches in preparation for the event. Eoin received his coaching from Welding expert Maurice Collins, Kevin was coached by Electrical Installations expert Paul Marah while Brendan worked with his coach Industrial Control specialist Colm Agnew.  

Launched in 1950 and taking place every two years, the WorldSkills Competition is the largest event of its kind in the world and brings together vocational students and apprentices from 77 different countries.

Congratulations to Eoin and all of the team that represented Ireland.