Thursday, 21 December 2017

Merry Christmas

Christmas Party

The annual Christmas party took place yesterday, all the trainees had good fun. We all took part in the quiz and also had to build a snowman, it was a great experience. We would like to thank Mairead, Lisa and all the tutors who prepared the lovely dinner and dessert we all enjoyed.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Boxing Champion

Thomas Myers, a trainee in the sports department won an all Ireland quarter final and semi-final in boxing at the weekend.  He will now box in the all Ireland final this coming Friday 1st Dec in Dublin.  Well done Thomas on this huge achievement and best of luck on Friday from all at Sligo CTC.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Girls Active - Circuit Games

The Girls Active group did a circuit games class with their instructor Kate Frahill last Wednesday.  The Girls really enjoyed the session with plenty of running, exercise and activities to keep them fit!

Lads Active - Gym

Last Wednesday the lads went to the sports complex for a gym session. They enjoyed it and got some good exercise, thanks to Wesley for assisting the trainees in their work out.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Sligo CTC vs Ballinode College

Yesterday trainees from the Sports course played against Ballinode College at Cleveragh, both sides played well. The final score was 7-2 to Sligo CTC! Well done lads!

The football match from yesterday between Sligo CTC and Ballinode College

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Sports Group Football Match Preparation

The gear for the match 

Sports trainees preparing for the match against Ballinode College at Cleveragh pitch today 

B4uDecide Personal Development Programme

Catherine McCann from North Connaught Youth Services is taking a group of girls from the centre every Wednesday morning to facilitate a personal development programme with an emphasis on sexual health. For more info go to

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Girls Active - Zumba

Girls had great fun doing Zumba with their instructor Barbara Aluk yesterday in the sports complex.

Lads Active - Gym

Some of the male trainees went to gym at the Sports Complex, thanks to Wesley for assisting the trainees in gym work.
Trainees at the gym working out

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Quitting Smoking Impact

Pauline Kent gave an informational talk at the centre yesterday in which many trainees attended, we all found the information helpful and gave some of us the motivation to try and give up smoking. Pauline brought a jar full of tar to demonstrate how much tar a person who smokes 20 cigarettes a day for two years would have in their body, it was quite alot of tar and gave me and many other trainees a visual representation of how much damage we were doing. I also found some of the points Pauline brought up very interesting such as once you attempt to quit smoking you are much more likely to keep trying even if you fail which I found quite motivating, Pauline also highly recommended that when trying to quit it is very important to take up exercise as a way to relieve stress and replace the time with something more beneficial for your body. There are supports out there for people who wish to quit. A good website for further information and services is

Pauline works full time helping people quit and finding what works for each individual she helps. Personally I feel much more motivated after hearing the talk and I will be trying to quit with the supports available, if you wish to quit please contact your doctor or Pauline (information below) these services are free for medical card holders.

Pauline Kent
Sligo Smoking Cessation Specialist
Sligo University Hospital
071 9174547
087 0519789

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Quitting Smoking

Thanks to Pauline Kent from Sligo Tobacco Cessation Support Service for visiting the centre today to give a very  informative talk to staff and trainees on quitting smoking.  This is in conjunction with Sligo CTC's Smoke-free Campus Policy.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Register to Vote

Comhairle na Nóg

A group of trainees represented the centre at Comhairle na Nóg at the Radisson Hotel Sligo on Tuesday.  Thanks to Gary, Kayleigh, Kyle, Emma, Nikita, Blaithin and Kathlyn for their valuable input!

Girls Active - Pilates and Boxercise

The Girls active group attended a Pilates and Boxercise class with Aileen Cooper in the sports complex yesterday. 

Monday, 23 October 2017


Sunflowers planted by trainees in the Sligo CTC backyard 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Sligo Food Trail

Some of our catering trainees were involved in last Friday night's Gala Harvest Feast by Sligo Food Trail in the Radisson Hotel.  Aaron O'Rourke worked with Eva Hourihan the chef from Andersons Grill & Bar to help create the Duck Roulade. Aaron Rainey worked with The Glasshouse Hotel's Head Chef Alan Fitzmaurice to help create the dessert course called 'A Tasting of Orchard & Hedgerow'.  Former trainee Jake Flynn is now employed by Eala Bhan and worked with their Head Chef Marcin Szczodrowski to create the Artisan Cheese Tasting Plate.  Well done lads!

Certification Day 2017

On Thursday last, October 12th we celebrated Certification Day 2017 in the Glasshouse Hotel.  The event was a tremendous success with many special moments acknowledging the wonderful achievements of 46 learners. Among the certificates awarded were 24 QQI Major Awards at level 3 on the National Framework of Qualifications.  In addition a significant number of QQI component awards, ECDL and Safe Food for Life certificates were presented.  The ceremony was opened by Chairperson Michael Glennon, who introduced key speakers Mayor, Cllr Hubert Keaney and Shaun Purcell, CEO MSLETB both of whom made inspiring speeches.  Local employers Adam McLoughlin, Leisure Centre Supervisor, Clayton Hotel and Sophia McLoughlin Kennedy, Garden Centre Supervisor, Homeland spoke about their involvement with the link work programme. Some very brave past and present learners then took to the podium to share their experiences in the CTC with the audience.  Well done; Courtney Downes, Philip Kilcullen, Kathleen Ward and Sanita Bruzite for your honest and inspiring accounts. Mary Forte, Community Relations Manager, Northwest Hospice gratefully accepted fundraising proceeds and spoke about the valuable work this contributes to.  Fr Pat Lombard, Spiritual Director, St Vincent De Paul Society introduced and presented  Youth for Justice Certificates to trainees involved in The Globe House Shoe Box and Food Appeals.  Gaisce Bronze Awards were presented by Mary Yore, Development Officer, Gaisce to this year’s successful candidates. To mark the exceptional health promoting efforts of the centre with have resulted in our retention of the Gold Health Quality Mark, Colleen Fahey, National Youth Health Programme, NYCI introduced and presented the Gold Award Plaque. A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Personal Achievement Award by Michael Glennon to this year’s worthy recipient Cori Gorevan. The ceremony was closed by General Manager Gavin Dykes who took the opportunity to congratulate the trainees on their success.  Following the ceremony everyone had a chance to relax and mingle while enjoying some nice refreshments and some delicious cake!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Certification Day 2017 - Photos

An Gaisce and Nortwest Hospice presentations 

The Centre receiving the Health Quality Gold Mark

Corey receiving his Personal Achievement Award

Photos captured at the event