Kilkenny Hurlers in the Hot Seat During St. Kieran’s College TY Visit to IT Carlow


kilkenny hurlers in the hot seat during st. Keiran's college visit to it carlowKilkenny selector Mick Dempsey and Kilkenny Senior Hurlers Richie Leahy and Jason Cleere were in the hot seat when 100 TY students from St. Kieran’s College paid a visit last week to Institute of Technology Carlow.

Ireland’s second-largest institute of technology invited the students to visit the campus where they toured the facilities, attended a careers talk, took part in a fun sports skills event and even indulged in a spot of yoga!

Kilkenny Senior Hurlers and IT Carlow students Richie Leahy, who is studying for a degree in Sports Management and Coaching (GAA), and Jason Cleere, who is an Accounting student, talked to the St. Kieran’s College guests about career opportunities and their own experience of Institute of Technology Carlow as their college of choice. This was followed by a lively question and answer session led by Mick Dempsey that included plenty of banter of laughs.

Mick Dempsey, who is the GAA programme director at IT Carlow, explained the benefits of yoga for high performing sports people. The students then participated in s Skills Zone, organised by the IT Carlow Sports Office, featuring a hurling target challenge, golf putting, peile hoop challenge and a basketball free throw challenge.

The day ended with a prize-giving ceremony that saw presentations made to students Eoin Crowley (1st), Josh Dempsey (2nd) and Jack Clifford (3rd) by Waterford Senior Hurler Colin Dunford, who works with IT Carlow’s Schools Liaison Office.

“A student’s choice of higher education institution and programme of study are two very important decisions. If days like this can assist students in any way, then we are delighted to help.  I would like to thanks St Kieran’s College for working with us to arrange this visit; it was great that the students had such a fun and informative day”, commented Alison Moore, Schools Liaison Officer, Institute of Technology Carlow.