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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

  • 2019 Career Skills Prize-Giving Ceremony

2019 Competition Winners

Congratulations to all this years winners of the 2019 National Career Skills Competition!
Award ceremony photos available on our Facebook page.

Transition Year

Place Student Name School Career
1st Prize Ava Hirrell Crana College Buncrana, Co. Donegal GP
2nd Prize Ruth Gleeson Coláiste Muire Ennis Occupational Therapist
3rd Prize Genevieve McDonnell Mount Sackville School Chapelizod, Co. Dublin Barrister
Highly Commended Grace Tiernan Coláiste Muire Ennis Solicitor
Highly Commended Hannah Purtill Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon, Co. Clare Primary School Teacher
Highly Commended Rachel Costelloe Coláiste Muire Ennis Childcare
Highly Commended Katarzyna Klorek Pobalscoil Inbhear, Co. Kerry Event Manager
Highly Commended Ava Prendergast Our Lady's Drogheda Primary School Teacher
Highly Commended Annie McEldowney Coláiste Muire Ennis Botanist
Commended Eloise DeSousa Coláiste Muire Ennis Paediatric Surgeon

Leaving Cert

Including LCA and LCVP

Place Student Name School Career
1st Prize Emaan Khan Loreto Secondary School Spawell Road, Co. Wexford Accountant
2nd Prize Timothy McGrath Killorglin Community College, Co. Kerry Software Engineer
3rd Prize Aoife Finn-Gallagher Sacred Heart School Drogheda, Co. Louth Particle Physicist
Highly Commended Sarah Mahon Gort Community School, Co. Galway Childcare
Highly Commended Caoimhe McPeake Sacred Heart School Drogheda, Co. Louth Sports Scientist
Commended Aishwarya Pillai Sacred Heart School Drogheda, Co. Louth Doctor
Commended Jessica Donagh Sacred Heart School Drogheda, Co. Louth Primary School Teacher


Place Student Name School Career
Daniel de Fhurlaing Meánscoil Gharman Childcare
Muireann Ní Shé Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Lawyer
Elaine Ní Treasaigh Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Clinical Genetics
Ardmholta Aoife Nic Ghiolla Bhríde Meánscoil Gharman Paediatric Nurse
Ardmholta Emily Calton O'Keeffe Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Lecturer
Ardmholta Joe Tanner Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Computer and Software Engineer
Molta Sarah O'Connor Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Auctioneer
Molta Enya Hólt Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach, Co. Carlow Neurosurgeon
Molta Conor Mac Riocaird Coláiste na Coiribe, Co. Galway Deli Worker

FET Adult Learner

Place Student Name College Career
1st Prize Jodie Cleary Cherry Orchard Community Training Centre Dog Groomer
2nd Prize Caroline Reapy VTOS Education & Training Centre Graphic Design
3rd Prize - Joint Chloe Beehan Ormonde College of Further Education Dog Minder
3rd Prize - Joint Sarah Dunne Ballyfermot Youthreach Childcare
4th Prize Michele Silinou Moate Business College Citizens Information Office Assistant
Highly Commended Róisín Fleming Ormonde College of Further Education Veterinary Assistant
Commended Jean McManus Moate Business College Vehicle Test and Repair Office Work
Commended Niamh Kane Inchicore College of Further Education Childcare
Commended Ajibola Oyede O'Fiaich Institute Dundalk Railroad Worker