Farewell Mr Forbes

Thursday the 2nd of September marked the final day in a storied career of one of Collinstown Park’s stalwarts – Billy Forbes.

Mr Forbes hailing from Cork has spent thirty five uninterrupted years in the school and has shaped the lives of generations of students in the Neilstown area. Billy is best known as an excellent and caring woodwork teacher but also gave a huge amount of his free time to extra curricular in the school, most notably soccer.

New teachers to the school would always find a friendly face and a supporting word of advice from Billy. The impact he has had on his colleagues over the years is immense. His quick wit and friendship will be sorely missed from the staff room.

Enjoy the next chapter of your life Mr Forbes and congratulations on a well deserved retirement.

Billy in his younger school years
Mr Forbes’ final day


Good luck to our students awaiting results

Stay calm; you are nearly there

Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied results will be issued tomorrow morning at 10:00. Students get them through the online portal that they have been using since March.

If you have forgotten your exam number or email details, please contact Mr Doolin: walterdoolin@collinstownpark.ie

If you need any support or advice following the results, please contact the school and make an appointment to talk to our Guidance department.

A reflection for those waiting:

‘Today I am thinking about all the students who’ll get their Leaving Cert results on Friday; not the ones who’ll be feted on the covers of the newspapers with their freakish bouquets of 7 A1’s. No, this morning, I salute the dreamers, the ones who ploughed their own furrow against the grain, the dancers and chancers, the schemers, the unsung heroes of the magical space between the classes, the bike shed kissers and smokers, the ones whose crooked branches could never be bent straight, the raconteurs of the school bus stop, the shy ones who’ll be beautiful late bloomers, the bullied ones, the ones who thought their leaking buckets were deficient but it is only along a well watered path that the most beautiful flowers grow, the boys and girls who held tight to their own songs, whistling their own melodies against the wind that blew hard for the last six years, the odd balls who rolled collecting only the moss they wanted, the gay boys who’ve waited for years to walk out of those school gates for the last time and walk tall, the ones who were taunted and not taught, the ones whose songs were frozen and stultified by facts; there is no failure today. The thaw begins today. This is your Spring, your release, your recovery, your time. Take flight. Learn to forget and dazzle your self by being who you truly are. Let nobody measure or assess you. Look up into the cosmos of your beautiful self and follow that star that winks at you showing you the way towards the place that school never revealed to you. Somewhere way beyond what you thought was possible. Some where so close. Deeply lodged in you’.

Billy O’Hanluain, poet


Walk in Further Education Open Day

Have you been thinking of doing a course this year?

Why not come along to our Open Day and see what we have to offer. Talk to the tutors and find out more.

We offer courses in many areas including: Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Business Administration, Community Education, Healthcare, English for speakers of other languages and a Return to Learning course. Come and see our Microsoft sponsored Data Centre Academy and the courses it offers.

Monday 6th September 9:30-2:00

Click here to see poster with full details


Datacenter Academy Partners with KN Circet

KN Circet, a local company, based in Cloverhill which has enjoyed phenomenal growth in recent years announced a long term partnership with the school. They announced it through their social media channels and we quote some of the post:

“To support the local communities we work in and the continuing growth of the business KN Circet have just launched a long term IT partnership with Collinstown Park Community College in Dublin, near our HQ. The college does an outstanding job in training both new entrants and career changers in the latest aspects of IT (including Data Centre and Fibre Networking). We welcome Jess and Henry to the team, who join our new 13 week internship for the summer. Once complete they will return for their 2nd year of college and maintain a weekly link with us throughout to put what they learn into practice. Eddie also joined the team this week after completing his 2nd, and final year at the college. He was successful at interview for a permanent position after a very competitive process.  

Eithne Hogan (DC Academy Coordinator at Collinstown): “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain experience in a real work environment. They are able to learn first-hand from specialists and see how what they have been taught in class is used to help a business run. Stephen, Damien and the wider KNCircet community have provided us with great support to date and it’s is truly wonderful to see us all take the next step.”   Damien Gallagher (MD for Ireland): “We have excellent links with the college on a range of subjects and specialisms from Operations through Finance and Technology. This is about us supporting the communities in which we work. Adding this partnership to our existing graduate intake and apprentice programmes shows the importance we put on developing our people and the right skills. We see technology as a driver of the continued growth and success of the company, both in Ireland and throughout the UK so this is a very important step.”   Stephen McArdle (Group IT Director): “The goal is to create a conveyor belt of talent for the industry. The IT Internship has formalised the programme for the years ahead providing the students both work experience and better opportunities to secure full time roles post qualification. The calibre of graduating students is excellent and working with the college on the future curriculum will mean we can bring through the right skills to support us in the future, which is a win-win!”

On a visit to the KN Circet Training Centre


Pathways to Technology Careers for Women

An event was held on June 3rd as part of this exciting new program

This was an outreach event to encourage females to consider career pathways in the IT industry. Many women in Ireland have never considered careers in IT. According to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, less than 25% of STEM jobs in Ireland are filled by women. Less than half (46%) of those in employment were female in 2019. The vast majority (90.9%) of workers in Skilled Trades were male while most workers (79.3%) in Caring, Leisure and Other Services were female.

Educators, trainers and businesses are handling this by incentivising women to enter the IT industry and show and grow their talent to help drive real change. From SMEs to Big Tech, companies like Microsoft champion the growth of Women in Technology with real opportunities for optimum change. In Ireland, we have the talent, abilities and competences and we equally hold the educational means of shaping them. Plus we have the data presence! “The Dublin Metro Area is Europe’s largest data centre market. With 60 years experience supporting the ICT industry, Ireland today is a development centre of excellence for data hosting.” [Host in Ireland]

COVID-19 has further heightened the need for IT skilled workers and as demand for remote working and learning grows, growth in IT will follow. As many individuals struggle with job loss, providing short-term training programs can offset the unemployment gap and restore dislocated workers with jobs of the future.

The panelists will discuss their current positions and how they embarked on their career pathways and obstacles they overcame along the way. They will also outline the opportunities for females entering into the IT industry and show how to take that first step on Pathways to Technology Careers.

Sponsored by Microsoft and Collinstown Park Community College, Datacenter Academy.

Link to flyer for the event

Collinstown Park Community College, Rowlagh, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.   phone (01) 457-2300   fax (01) 457-2303  e-mail collinstown@collinstownpark.ie
Coláiste Pobail Páirc Bhaile Uí Choileáin, Rualach, Cluain Dolcáin, Baile Átha Cliath 22.   guthán (01) 457-2300   facs (01) 457-2303   ríomhphost: collinstown@collinstownpark.ie