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Drogheda Institute of Further Education celebrates graduate achievement

Jun 9, 2023

Audience DIFE Graduation 2023

Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) held its 2023 graduation ceremony in early June. Due to the large number of students graduating, two sessions were held, and the student body received awards to mark their achievements in QQI Level 5 and Level 6. Certificates and Diplomas were also completed from other awarding bodies such as NECF, City & Guilds of London, CIBTAC, ITEC, IAOT and National Examining Board for Dental Nurses.

Drogheda Credit Union continued their long association with DIFE by again generously sponsoring the event. The awards on the day covered a wide variety of areas ranging from Culinary Arts, Art & Design to Business and Pre-University Courses in Arts, Law, and Science. Achievements in Construction Studies, Beauty Therapy, Multimedia, Photography and Sport & Leisure were also celebrated, and graduates from Nursing, Childcare and Applied Social Studies, Travel & Tourism, Healthcare Support, Dental Nursing and Pharmacy Technician gathered on the day.

The proceedings of the day were directed by Mr. Davy McDonnell, Principal, and Deputy Principals Ciaran O’Donnell, Shane Williams and Barbara Cooney, assisted by Pauline Sheeran Graduation Coordinator. The attendance included the Deputy Lord Mayor of Drogheda Kevin Callan, and Director of Further Education and Training for LMETB Ms. Sadie Ward Mc Dermott. Drogheda Institute of Further Education Board of Management was represented by Sharon Tolan and Mick Toner. Also, in attendance were Sheena Kieran’s and Finbarr Murphy representing the Drogheda Credit Union, sponsors of the event.

In presenting the Awards Kevin Callan congratulated all of DIFE graduates and said “For you to have come to where you’ve come today, you had to make a decision that you were going to go and start something. You also saw it through and finally you saw it through to completion, and that’s why you’re receiving your accreditation and certificates today.”

Sadie Ward Mc Dermott, FET Director in LMETB, congratulated all the graduates, outlining the important role played by Drogheda Institute of Further Education and its dedicated staff in providing education and training that acts as a springboard for people of all ages to progress to higher education or as a pathway to employment.

All DIFE courses have excellent pathways to both Higher Education and/or employment. DIFE graduates can progress to Higher Education with places reserved for FET learners in Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland, UK and in Europe. Many courses are also employment focused for those looking to gain industry recognised qualifications in a short course and progress directly to employment (childcare, healthcare, beauty therapy, hairdressing, pharmacy, animal care, dental nursing, health and fitness sectors etc).

To apply for any of the courses visit the college website: