Local lad scoops top award at IrelandSkills National competition in Joinery
By Echo Reporter
CIAN Mulligan, a student at GMIT’s National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design & Technology in Letterfrack, scooped the coveted top award in this year’s IrelandSkills National Competition in Joinery, held in Cork Institute of Technology.
Cian, from Redgap, Rathcoole, is a third year student studying on the B.Sc. (Hons) in Furniture and Wood Technology programme.
In the IrelandSkills Joinery competition final, the competitors worked from a detailed set of drawings to set out and make an intricate door with a diamond shaped internal frame with crossed glazing bars, where the door sat on a sloped, elevated base frame that incorporated dovetail joints.
A maximum time limit of 18 hours was set and the competitors used a combination of hand, power tools and machines to produce this piece.
Throughout the week the competition was extremely intense and the competitors for the final were selected as being the highest scoring candidates in the preliminary stage of the competition. The Joinery skill category was one of nine other IrelandSkills competition finals that took place in CIT.
This is not the first time that Cian has attained success in National Skills competitions as he represented Ireland in Cabinetmaking in the WorldSkills 2015 competitions held in São Paulo, Brazil last August, where he was ranked sixth in the world and won a Medallion for Excellence for his performance.