On February 1st Coláiste Muire welcomed 4 past pupils to speak to our TY’s. 

1: Cormac Gebruers, Head of the National Maritime College of Ireland, spoke about his experience with going to sea. He gave examples of people he knew who have succeeded in similar maritime careers. It was insightful into the world of seafaring and the future needs of the harbour. TY students are looking forward to visiting NMCI at the end of the month and exploring the facilities and courses on offer in Ringaskiddy. 

2: Hendrick Verwey as Chairperson of Cobh Tidy Towns, gave an overview of the tremendous work done by the volunteers in Cobh Tidy Towns. He charted the journey from 2009 to Cobh’s recent success as Gold Winner in the Tidiest Large Town category. Students were delighted to see the trophy award. Even with their success, Cobh still has litter, and we are all part of the solution.  

3: Jim Wilson, ornithologist, writer, and photographer spoke to students about his varied career and his travels to the Antarctic. He shared his personal observations regarding climate change. Jim presented and array of photographs which showed images of wildlife and how climate change and global warming are impacting their natural habitats.  

4: Martin Deady was a skilled soccer player as a student in Coláiste Muire. He completed is Leaving Certificate in 2008. In 2007, he represented Ireland in an international soccer tournament, his jersey in on display in school. Martin went on to Sports and Exercise Science in University of Limerick. In 2014 Martin captained Cobh Ramblers in the League of Ireland First Division and he has also played for Premier Division club Longford Town. Martin now works with Stats Perform, as Soccer Operations Manager, who are based in Limerick, and he manages a team of approximately 90 staff who collectively produce live and post soccer data to betting, media, and clubs around the world. A great example of how your hobby can lead to your future career.