Legendary band members from the Hothouse Flower, Liam O’Maonlai and Peter O’Toole, rocked the house at the Dunboyne College of Further Education (DCFE) Graduate Association night in Dunboyne Castle Hotel last week. The audience was treated to an intimate, soulful night with the members from the Hothouse Flowers showing why their careers have enjoyed such longevity.
Dunboyne College’s Graduate Association is the college’s alumni and every year they get together for an event to mark the ongoing relationship between the college and its graduates. This year the event was a music gig. The college’s music and sound engineering students, led by tutors, Susan Clarke and Rob Kelly, supported the Hothouse Flowers, in what turned out to be a successful night of music and reminiscing.
Two graduates of the college, Padraic Keane and Amber Sinclair, who had studied Social Studies and Psychology in DCFE, spoke on the night about their experiences in the college and both talked about the life-changing impact the college has had on their lives. Amber said that during her year in DCFE she had begun to believe in herself, to believe that she could actually achieve. Both graduates are now studying in university: Padraic is in TUDublin studying Social Care and Amber is doing an Arts Degree in Maynooth University. They both thank their time in DCFE for getting there and for equipping them with the skills to excel there.
Liam and Peter were so impressed with the college and the night with the graduates that they have promised a long-term relationship with the college and its students. Irene Togher, Chair of the Graduate Association said, ‘It’s not every day we get musicians of the caliber of the Hothouse Flowers to play for us and we are delighted they agreed to do it. It was a great night of music and memories. They enjoyed the night too and were so impressed with our graduates they have offered to call into the college at another time to continue our relationship into the future.’
Dunboyne College is renowned for offering students far-reaching opportunities. As well as a core commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, opportunities like playing at gigs, going on Erasmus trips, scholarships opportunities, and so on, all offer the student’s a rounded and interesting year in the college.
Dunboyne College of Further Education will be expanding into many new areas of educational opportunity in the coming years and anyone wishing to obtain further information on these opportunities will find an online prospectus at www.dunboynecollege.ie or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. There is an online enrolment on-going, with interviews taking place on the 13th March, 29th April, 27th May and late June 2020. Late applications will be taken until late September depending on availability on courses.