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TY Equine Studies – Eimear Chance & Amy Meagher (Marketing – ITM) Visit In

Eimear Chance and Amy Meagher of ITM (Irish Thoroughbred Marketing), recently visited 4B as part of the Equine Studies module.

Amy only recently joined ITM while Eimear joined the ITM team in February 2015 from Great British Racing International (GBRI) where she was marketing and operations executive. With a family background in the horse racing industry in Ireland and the UK, Eimear graduated from university in 2008 and began working in Windsor Racecourse.

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing promotes Ireland as the leading source for the production and sale of quality thoroughbreds worldwide, and as a premier country in which to own, breed and buy thoroughbreds.

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Established in 1991, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) is a not-for-profit, non-trading, limited company, with the strength and integrity of Irish Government support, and the backing of the Irish Bloodstock industry, assuring absolute integrity and impartiality.

ITM is a subsidiary of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), the semi-state organisation responsible for the administration of horse racing in Ireland.

ITM should be the first point of contact for any overseas person seeking information on any aspect of the Irish bloodstock industry, including

It was an interesting learning experience for the students. It provided an insight into the role of ITM but also a general overview of marketing in action. There was a discussion about a number of issues, including Brexit. A big thank you to Eimear for visiting our school and informing our students.

TY Economics – Local Politician (Mark Wall) Visit In

4D recently welcomed Mark Wall to CPC as part of the Economics module. Mark is a Labour Party member of Kildare County Council and he outlined the work involved in being a local public representative.

The students had the opportunity to ask questions and engage with Mark on economic issues such as housing, roads, etc. There was also a discussion of the national economic situation. Mark explained the role of the county council – highlighting the breakdown of the annual budget. It was an interesting learning experience for the students and a great opportunity to gain an insight into the workings of local government.

We wish to thank Mark for taking the time to visit the school and meet our students.

TY Equine Studies – Irish Stable Staff Association (Bernard Caldwell & Paddy Doyle) Visit In

Bernard Caldwell and Paddy Doyle (chairperson and board member respectively of The Irish Stable Staff Association ISSA) recently met 4C as part of the Equine Studies module. Bernard is also the HRI Representative for the association as well as being a local politician – he’s a member of Kildare County Council for the Celbridge-Leixlip Municipal District.

The two men informed the students about the role of their association. It was a very enjoyable talk and the students learned a lot from it.

Thanks to Bernard and Paddy for visiting our school. We wish them and the ISSA well in the future.

TY Economics – Fiona O’Loughlin (National Politician) Visit In

4A recently met Fiona O’Loughlin as part of the Economics module.

Fiona told the students about the work of a national politician. She explained how she became involved in public life and told the students about her career in politics to date.

Elected in the general election in February 2016 as a Fianna Fail TD for Kildare South, Fiona spoke to the students about her work in the national parliament. She is the chairperson of the Education Committee and also a member of the Mental Health Committee. Fiona is the FF spokesperson for Equality and spoke about this. She outlined what she hopes to achieve in national politics. It was interesting to hear about the issues that Fiona is focusing on.

Fiona also discussed her work outside of politics. She was a primary school teacher in Newbridge before becoming a poltician. Having been heavily involved in organising the Special Olympics when it was held in Ireland in 2003, she spoke with pride and passion about that venture and still contributes wherever she can in this area.

There was discussion around the local and national situation – touching on economic issues. The students had the opportunity to engage with Fiona around these and it was a worthwhile learning experience.

We would like to thank Fiona for taking time out of a busy schedule to visit our school and educate our TY students and we wish her well in the future.

TY Economics – Ivan Keatley (Local Politician) Visit In

4A recently welcomed Ivan Keatley to CPC as part of the Economics module. Ivan is a past pupil of our school and is a member of Kildare County Council since Martin Heydon’s (another past pupil) election to Dail Eireann in 2011. Ivan replaced Martin as a FG county councillor and he outlined the work involved in being a local public representative. Re-elected in the Local Elections in 2014, he was the mayor of the county for a year until June 2017 and is currently chairperson of the Athy Municipal District.

The students had the opportunity to ask questions and engage with Ivan on economic issues. There was discussion of the economic situation. Ivan explained the role of the county council – most importantly in passing an annual budget. It was an interesting learning experience for the students and a great opportunity to gain an insight into the workings of local government.

We wish to thank Ivan for taking the time to visit the school and meet our students.

TY Equine Studies – Kildangan Stud Visit Out

4C recently visited Kildangan Stud as part of the Equine Studies module. It was interesting to get a guided tour of the farm – to find out what takes place there and see some of the stallions.

It was also useful to hear about the Godolphin Flying Start programme.

A big thanks to Eoin & Martin for their input. The students really enjoyed the visit and learned a lot.

 

TY Equine Studies – Jockey (Shane Foley) Visit In

Shane Foley, a leading flat jockey, recently visited CPC to meet 4D as part of the TY Equine Studies module. Shane gave an interesting talk – which the students learned a lot from. There was a wide-ranging discussion about many issues and the students got to put questions to Shane.

Shane explained about his life as a jockey and his routine throughout the year. He told us about how he got into the racing industry and became a jockey … and how he landed his first classic at the Curragh last year. He explained how he travels around the world to ride in races. He also outlined how he maintains his weight and fitness.

It was a great learning opportunity and an enjoyable experience. A big thanks to Shane for taking the time to visit our school and we wish him well for the future.

TY Economics – Local Politician (Suzanne Doyle) Visit In

4B recently welcomed Suzanne Doyle as part of the Economics module. Suzanne is a past pupil of CPC and is a member of Kildare County Council.

There was a discussion about a number of issues (with a focus on economic matters) and Suzanne made an effort to engage with the students. The students had an opportunity to ask questions. It was useful to hear Suzanne’s views given her experience in local politics. It was also interesting to hear a little about Budget 2018 (which is being announced tomorrow).

It was a really useful learning opportunity and a worthwhile experience. We’d like to say thanks to Suzanne for taking time to visit our school and educate our TY students. We wish her well for the future.

TY Equine Studies – Journalist (Niall Cronin) Visit In

Niall Cronin, a sports journalist with The Herald, recently visited CPC to meet 4D as part of the Equine Studies module. He also does some work for Boylesports and the local press (the Nationalist).

Niall spoke to the students at length about the work of a journalist – he outlined the rewards and challenges of the profession. It was fascinating to listen to him talk about some of the stories he has covered. There was an interesting discussion about journalism in general and the students had the opportunity to ask questions.

It was a great learning experience for the TY students – they got a genuine insight into the world of journalism. Niall advised the students in relation to pursuing a career in this area – he explained the pros and cons of it – but overall he made it sound like an exciting job.

We’d like to thank Niall for visiting our school and helping to educate our students.

TY Equine Studies – RACE Visit In

4D recently visited RACE (Racing Academy and Centre of Education) in Kildare as part of their Equine Studies module. Established in 1973, it is the training centre for apprentice jockeys.

The students got to look around the facilities there and had the opportunity to ask questions. Paul Keane (Sales & Marketing Manager) explained the operations of RACE and outlined the courses offered there.

Thanks to Paul for what was an enjoyable experience and a worthwhile learning opportunity for the students.