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The Great DIFE Bake off 2018 took place last Thursday. Individuals and teams from Level 5 Culinary Arts competed for the title. There was fabulous displays of talent and ingenuity involved in the final four creations. All competitors deserve to be congratulated on the high standard of work and the overall winner was Niamh Kennedy.

Well done Niamh and all involved in the event a special thank you too our judges .

We were honoured and thrilled to have Mr John Sheahan from The Dubliners visit DIFE this week along with his wife and his son. As part of the Irish Folklore Module for the Pre-University Arts students, some of the teachers thought it was only fitting to invite an established, Irish singer, musician and poet to DIFE. From various yarns, songs and poems, we were entertained from beginning to the end with Mr Sheahan. He spoke frankly about his childhood, where he went to school and when he developed a love for all things musical.

He also spoke candidly about some of the deceased members of the Dubliners such as Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna and Ronnie Drew to name but a few. While it's sad to think that Mr Sheahan is the only remaining original member of the Dubliners, the deceased members will always be fondly remembered not only for putting Ireland on the map but for making Irish Music world famous. A big thank you to the Pre-University Arts teachers and all others involved in organising the visit. 

 

Yesterday, Dife was home to the sizzling TEX-MEX Charity Event organised by the Culinary Arts Department in support of Drogheda Homeless Aid & St Vincent de Paul. The event was a huge success and nobody was disappointed with the spicy lunch options available in the main canteen. Choices ranged from Burritos, Chilli Con Care, Marinated Pork and many vegetarian options to name but a few. All of this was especially prepared by our very own culinary arts students with guidance from their teachers.

After the event took place yesterday, two of the Culinary Arts students went straight to Drogheda Homeless Aid to present Uncle Ben's food products to Chef Brunno who has been working there for eight years. St Vincent de Paul also received a visit by the students. The sum of funds raised by the event will be distributed to both charities in the coming days. Both Drogheda Homeless Aid & St. Vincent de Paul were extremely surprised and honoured by the work done by the students and staff at Dife. A big congratulations to all who took part in the event.  

Year 2 Sports & Injury Treatment volunteered at the 66th Basketball Intervarsities in the University of Limerick during the Easter break. They provided cover for an invent that involved sixthy games, thirty teams, twenty men and sixtheen women over three days. They were kept busy assessing and treating injuries, taping and providing pre and post game soft tissue massage. There were a valuable part of a very successful weekend and were highly commended for their work by colleges all over the country. A huge thanks to them! 

 

Our Paramedic students have just commenced the first of a five day intensive EFR (Emergency First Responder) course with the ESTI (Emergency Services Training Institute). This 40 hour fully certified course teaches, emergency childbirth, oropharyngeal airways, O2 administration, vacuum splints, collars, spinal boards, helmet removal, medications and all the basic life support skills for victims of stroke; cardiac arrest; heart attack; choking; legal issues and the administration of Aspirin.

EFR is also a great stand-alone course for persons operating in a first responder role who require more than the more basic Occupational First Aid, EFR is the national standard of first aid training for Fire Brigades in Ireland. Our paramedic students are thoruoghly enjoying the training so far and look forward to a fufilling career in the Paramedic Services Sector. 

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