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Minister Congratulates Dublin Students on Academic Success

18 December 2014
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"I was in a bad place with my mental health before I came to Roslyn Park College. It’s a real community here. I’m studying Performing Arts and this year I put on a play in Drogheda – people actually paid to see my work. I never thought that would happen. I’m going to go on and study more because you can never have enough education.” These are the words of Gary Mullen, a student of Roslyn Park College, speaking at a certification event held in the college in Sandymount. Over 200 students were presented with certificates by Kevin Humphreys TD, Minister of State, Department of Social Protection.

Students were presented with FETAC certificates and awards following the completion of a range of courses that support people either entering into employment for the first time, returning to work or progress to further education. The SOLAS-funded courses were in business, computing, art, horticulture, catering, sport & recreation and multimedia as well as a range of HSE-funded courses that prepare students for work. 

Roslyn Park College in Sandymount offers training opportunities to more than 250 people from all over Dublin, who may have been finding it difficult to access further education, training and employment due to illness, injury, mental health difficulties or a disability. The courses are designed to cater for the individual needs of each student to achieve success for them and operate on a continuous intake which allows students to start a course at any point in the year. 

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Minister Humphreys said, “Today marks a wonderful achievement for the students and I am delighted to be here to congratulate to them all as they receive their awards. It was inspirational to hear some of the past students speak about their individual journeys to employment and further education. National Learning Network has a strong record of supporting students to help them progress in their lives and enable them to either return to work or take their first steps towards employment”.  

Paul Coulter, Head of Roslyn Park College, said “This is a great day for everyone who is receiving these nationally-recognised awards, which reward the hard work that all of our students have put into developing their skills during their time with us. It is great to see so many of our students fulfilling ambitions for further training and study and going into jobs. All of the staff are very proud of their achievements and we wish each student well for the future.” 

If you are interested in any of the courses offered at Roslyn Park College, please contact the college on 01 2613400or go to