Galway students triumph at WorldSkills Ireland 2023 competition


Six Atlantic Technological University students were victorious in their categories at the recent WorldSkills Ireland 2023 competition.

The students from Galway, Sligo, Clare, Kildare and Roscommon triumphed in categories  such as Electrical Installations, Carpentry, Joinery, Toolmaking, Digital Infrastructure and Cabinetmaking.

Keith Roberts from Ballyconneely, Connemara, who studies at the Connemara campus won the the Cabinetmaking category, while ATU Sligo student Joe Kelly from Ballinasloe won the Joinery category.

ATU Galway engineering student Sean Doyle from Coolaney, Co Sligo won the Digital Infrastructure Design award for his creation of a data rich linear infrastructure model, and Clare native Max Boland from Shannon was the winner of the Toolmaking category.

ATU Sligo apprentice Sean McLoughlin from Naas won the he Electrical Installations category and Roscommon native Daniel Connolly from Castlerea claimed victory in the Carpentry category.

The competed against over 160 finalists in the 2023 Worldskills Ireland competition which took place at the RDS in September.

ATU President Dr Orla Flynn congratulated the apprentices and students on their achievements in the finals.

“Atlantic TU has been doing significant work to evolve apprenticeship and skilled-based learning programmes with academic partners and enterprise and these awards are a testament to this.”

“I want to congratulate all the participants and acknowledge the commitment and dedication of our students and the supporting staff who have made this possible.”

“These students will progress to skills-based careers in their chosen field with expertise that has been enhanced by these learning environments, for industries with skills shortages. I would like to wish all the apprentices and students well on the next steps of their journey.”

WorldSkills is a partnership between enterprise, industry, education, training, and government that raises the profile and recognition of skills and apprenticeships.