Adam Kelly wins SciFest@ITB 2018

Adam Kelly SciFest@2018 Winner

13 Post-primary school students from schools all over Dublin, Meath and Kildare took science to the next level with over 80 projects at SciFest@ITB 2018

Of the over 80 projects exhibited at SciFest@ITB (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown) 2018, the top prize on the day went to Adam Kelly from Skerries Community College for his project, An Open Source Solution to GPU Accelarated Quantum Computer Simulation.

As one of the 16 regional venues hosting a SciFest STEM fair, SciFest@ITB saw more than 180 students from schools all over the region exhibit almost 80 projects at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and put their knowledge of science to the test.

SciFest@ITB co-ordinator Aideen Hodgins said: “We are delighted to host SciFest for our 10th Year. It is a fantastic annual event and a wonderful opportunity for students and encourages them to develop an interest in STEM. The joy of seeing students showcasing their work and communicating their ideas to others is immensely encouraging and motivational for everyone involved.”

SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second-level students. SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Intel and Boston Scientific.

Commenting on the SciFest@ITB 2018 regional STEM fair Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO said: “2017 was the tenth anniversary for SciFest and a hugely successful year with another big increase in the number of students taking part. In total 10,000 students exhibited their projects in local and regional STEM fairs across the country. We are sure that 2018 will be another successful year. SciFest gives students an excellent opportunity to develop their interest in STEM and inquiry-based approaches to learning, while developing their creative and problem-solving skills and learning to work in a team.”

SciFest 2018 will be the fourth year of the prestigious Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award, which is presented at each of the 16 regional science fairs; the overall winner of this award will go on to compete for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award  at the national final in November.

ITB Creative Digital Media Graduate wins Best Short Film at the National Student Media Awards 2018

ITB Creative Digital Media graduate Laura Byrne, took home the award for Best Short Film at the National Student Media Awards held at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday April 19th 2018.

Laura’s film, ‘Skin Deep’, was completed for her final year project and is an accomplished and moving piece about the stories behind people’s tattoos.

Check out Laura’s award winning short film ‘Skin Deep’ here.

Well done also to ITB Creative Digital Media graduate, Valerie O’Riordan who held her own among tough competition as a nominee in the category for Radio Production Of The Year.


ITB Student Gains Senior Cap for Leinster Rugby

ITB Sports Management and Coaching student, Aimee Clarke has certainly had a phenomenal year on the rugby pitch. The 19 year old from Donnycarney Dublin 5 has just been presented her first senior cap for Leinster Rugby.

A relative new comer to the rugby field, Aimee initially started out playing Gaelic football with the Dublin U17 squad and eventually progressed on to playing rugby, when she joined up with the U18s in Suttonians RFC. After only her second game for the club she had a trial for the Leinster U18s 7s team from which she was selected. Since then, Aimee has played 7s rugby for Ireland U18s, winning a UK School Games 7s tournament and has competed with the Leinster U18 Girls in the Interprovincial Series. It wasn’t long until Aimee made her All-Ireland League debut with Railway Union RFC, with consistent strong performances ultimately leading to this senior cap for Leinster.

Aimee is currently in the first year of her Sports Management and Coaching degree at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and recently received a sports scholarship at ITB to recognise outstanding sporting ability. This young star is definitely one to watch.


Photo Credit: – Brendan Moran

ITB Student wins Best Fresher at the Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) Awards 2018

Congratulations to ITB student Noah Halpin, who won the ‘Best Fresher’ category at the 2018 Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) Awards. Congratulations also to the ITB Colours Society which came second in the Best Society (Cultural/Academic/Social) category.The awards took place on Friday 13th of April in The Radisson Hotel, Little Island, Cork.

The annual BICS awards provide an opportunity for students and their societies to showcase their many achievements. Higher education is more than exams, coursework and lectures, and students who are involved in running college societies know this. The purpose of the National Awards is to therefore recognise the huge effort made by the many individuals who run student societies across Ireland. The National Awards are a means of recognising this dedication and are an opportunity to celebrate the importance and value that societies contribute to college life.

ITB has had some success at BICS in the past, winning National Best New Society in 2011. Well done to all.

REACH Access Programme – Applications closing April 20th

Applications will close for our REACH Access Programme on Friday April 20th.

The REACH programme is an admissions scheme which offers places on ITB’s courses on reduced points, to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

ITB has a reserved a number of places on its courses for REACH students at reduced leaving certificate points. This means that if eligible you will be considered for entry on a reduced points basis provided that your points achieved are within 90% of the points required for the ITB course you have listed on your CAO form (i.e. you are eligible to be offered a place where your points awarded fall short by less than 10% of the points required up to a maximum of 30 points) and subject to places being available.

The places are spread across all our courses and consequently a student may not be offered their first course choice, but might be offered a subsequent choice. The order of preference on the CAO application form should at all times reflect your genuine preference choice. Applicants must also meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for one of the reduced points places.

For full details, please visit:

ITB Open Evening April 17th, 5pm to 7pm

Our next Open Evening takes place on April 17th from 5pm to 7pm. If you are interested in applying for a fulltime or a part time course in 2018, this event is highly recommended. Staff and students from all disciplines will be present at the event and will be happy to answer questions about studying at ITB. All are welcome and there is no need to pre-book; just call in. The event will take place in the Sports Hall; this is located in C Block (“Croi”). We look forward to meeting prospective students and parents on the evening. In the meantime, we invite you to watch this video which explains what our Open Days are all about:


New bus service serving Naas and Blanchardstown announced

A brand-new bus route, the 139 will begin operation on Monday 12 March 2018, running between Naas and Blanchardstown and connecting ITB, Ongar, Leixlip, Maynooth, Rathcoffey, Clane, Sallins and Naas, including Naas Hospital.

There will be nine services each way, seven days a week, with first departures at 07.15 and last departures at 22.35.
The 139 is a National Transport Authority (NTA) initiative and will be run by JJ Kavanagh & Sons.

Full details of schedules and fares can be found at:

Naas to Blanchardstown Bus Service

ITB Learn + Work Programme is now open for applications

We are now accepting applications for the ITB Learn + Work programme.

This innovative programme combines training at ITB along with blocks of work placement and can help you to get the necessary training and experience to ready you for the many career opportunities in a number of industry growth areas. The work experience gives learners the opportunity to apply their learning, be coached by industry experts and develop the work ready skills to gain employment upon graduation.

Currently ITB have the following programmes available under the Learn + Work model:

BSc in Process Instrumentation & Automation

Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Networking technologies

Applications may be made directly to ITB via our website.

For further information, please email or call 01 885 1035

Late application facility opens on the CAO from March 5th

For persons who have not yet made an application to the CAO, a late application facility will open on March 5th. From then until the final closing date of 5.15 pm on May 1st 2018 it will be possible to apply for one of our full time courses.

Some points to consider in the coming weeks and months:

  • As always, it’s very important that you put course choices down in order of preference!
  • Research your course choices carefully – our next open evening takes place on April 17th from 5pm to 7pm
  • Keep your options open! Consider applying for Level 6 and Level 7 courses, as well as choosing Level 8 Honours programmes.
    – Remember, it’s possible to progress on from a Level 6 course, through to Level 7 and Level 8 programme.
  • It is possible to change your mind up until 5.15 pm on July 1st

Key dates are listed in the CAO handbook

For further info, contact

ITB Sporting Prowess Programme – Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the ITB Sporting Prowess Programme. This programme is aimed at prospective students who display outstanding sporting ability at national or regional level, and offers an opportunity to participate on our Sports Management & Coaching Courses on a reduced points basis. Up to 10% of available places are reserved for such students.

Students must apply through the CAO in the usual manner and then make a separate application to ITB via the relevant national or regional sporting body.

Applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for the course but there will be up to 50 points available at interview that will be added to applicants Leaving Certificate points total.

The closing date to apply is March 30th 2018. The application form and full details on how to apply can be found here