It is proving another busy year for the Killarney Community College environmentalists. Last year we began work on our Green Flag for Energy, and with our plan in place and some actions completed, we hit the ground running in September.
One of our first tasks was to organise the Energy Day of Action, held in October. We decided early on the Pedal Energy experience, so that as well as being informative, there was an energetic element to the event. Students had to cycle in order to generate enough energy to run the multimedia presentation! And proving that there is no such thing as a free lunch, smoothies were provided at lunchtime… if you could generate enough pedal energy to make your own!
Meanwhile, LCA and TY students are engaging with the Tidy Towns and Killarney Looking Good, taking part in the community litter routine, and making wooden bird boxes which will be donated to the town when completed.
On March 30th, our fruit and nut orchard was planted, with support from Tidy Towns, Kerry County Council and under the expert horticultural guidance of Niamh Ní Dhuill from Transition Kerry. We planted 15 trees including varieties of plum, apple, quince, pear, walnut and hazelnut. As we know from our roles in education, planting is only the beginning. The real investment is in the long term care and nurture, and the joy is in watching the tree grow to its full height and yielding rich fruit.
And, much to our great delight we have been approved for our Energy Flag!
Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme
The Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme provides a unique opportunity for Leaving Certificate students in the Kerry area, to gain a 3rd level qualification in an engineering course of their choice. Upon successful completion, a graduate role in the company is assured.*
*subject to course result and interview
•Level 7 or Level 8 BEng Qualification in one of the following engineering disciplines:
Mechanical | Structural | Electrical | Mechatronics | Automation
•Attend the college of your choice.
•Tuitionfees will be fully paid.
•Workexperience–You will have a guaranteedsummer job with Liebherr forthe duration of the scholarship.
•Industrial placement– If industrial placement is offered aspart ofyourchosen course, you will be able tocomplete this at Liebherr.
•Guaranteed place onsuccessful completion of your course on the Liebherr graduate programme*.
How to apply
•Apply to the CAO as normal for your course of choice.
•Apply by email to
•Application to include:
Up to date CV including details of Leaving / Junior Cert projects.
Cover letter explaining why you have chosen engineering as a career path.
Copy of CAO application confirming your choice of one of the engineering disciplines above.
Please use ‘Scholarship application – First name Surname’,
e.g. ‘Scholarship application – Joe Bloggs’ as the subject in your email application.
•Closing date for Liebherr applications is Friday 2nd June 2017 at 12:00pm.
•A letter of response confirming your application will be sent to you no later than Friday 9th June 2017.
•The first stage of the selection process will take place on the week of the 3rd – 7th July.
•The remainder of the selection process will take place after Wednesday 16th August.
•Successful applicants will be selected as soon as possible after college offers are confirmed.
Liebherr Container Cranes
Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd, based in Killarney is one of the world’s leading suppliers of state-of-the-art container handling equipment. Liebherr manufactures ship to shore container cranes for the loading and unloading of containers onto and off of container ships, along with support cranes for the stacking of containers in container yards and loading of containers onto trucks and trains. The products manufactured in Killarney are in use in ports around the globe.
Scholarship participant - Shane Hanafin
Secondary school attended: St. Brendan’s College, Killarney
3rd level: Mechatronic Engineering, Institute of Technology,Tralee
Commencement date: September 2015
Summer placements: RTG/Straddle carrier design department
Projects in Liebherr: CSX Pennsylvania, America & Teesport, England
Overall impression of the scholarship
Financially the scholarship has been invaluable, but being a part of the Liebherr team means much more than just that. So far, I have gained on-the-job experience throughout my course, which has given me an edge over my college peers in terms of my knowledge and understanding of engineering theories.
I’ve really enjoyed the working environment,and learning from work colleagues who have been more than willing to help me at any point. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to see something I have designed go from a sketch on paper to being implemented on these high-tech machines.
I am half way through my course and looking forward to joining the graduate program afterwards. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in engineering to consider the Liebherr Scholarship Programme.
“One of the key elements of the scholarship is the practical experience the students will gain at Liebherr during their summer and college work placements. The tradition of both a practical and theoretical education is synonymous with Liebherr. ” Mr.Charlie McCarthy,Technical Director.