Clare student on Irish team for Montreal competition

Clare student on Irish team for Montreal competition

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Darren Fehilly, Patrick Lu, Pat O’Doherty, ESB, Eoin Hann and David Monaghan.

A Co Clare business student travels to Canada this week to compete against counterparts from 12 international institutions in an engineering and commerce competition.

David Monaghan from Quin will join his three University of Limerick team members as they undertake three gruelling tasks over the course of five days (February 28 to March 3) at the Engineering and Commerce Case Competition (ECC) in Montreal.

The team was selected to represent Ireland following their win in the ESB Inter Colleges Challenge last November. During that task, the team researched and designed a complex engineering and financial energy challenge in just seven hours.

As well as this sponsored trip to Montreal to participate in the competition, ESB also offered David and the other winning team members a paid placement within the company.

For now, the second year business student is focused on taking on teams from Canada, U.S and Saudi Arabia. The University of Limerick team is proudly flying the flag for both Ireland and Europe in this reputable competition which is hosted at the renowned Université Concordia . The aim of the competition is to find solutions to real-world challenges that modern industries face.

Wishing the team luck before they depart for Canada, Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB, said: ”Such competitions offer David and his University of Limerick team members a great opportunity to showcase their skills and understanding of real engineering and consumer challenges. ESB is proud to sponsor the team’s efforts in Montreal and we wish them every success as they proudly represent their university, their respective counties, Ireland and Europe.”

Dr. Vanessa Egan, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and team coach for this competition, says: “The University of Limerick team is looking forward to travelling to Montreal for the Engineering and Commerce Case Competition. This is very exciting opportunity for these undergraduate students who have been preparing for the last two months and who are looking forward to the challenge.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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