DFEi makes waves with Radio Broadcasting
From the distant shores of Booterstown to the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, listeners can tune into DFEi’s very own radio station “The Wave”. Although “The Wave” only airs on FM frequency, it is broadcast online every Thursday and Friday, with plans for a future 24 hour online streaming on www.DFEi. ie. Learners work throughout the year on producing a range of content for broadcast. This includes discussions and interviews as well as music shows. Live music and breakfast shows are also recorded in the one of DFEi’s two dedicated interconnected Radio Recording studios. These studios have been engineered to reflect the general set up of an established radio station with Studio 1 in use for general program making and Studio 2 used for news reading. Every year two or three of the best radio documentaries produced are uploaded to www. soundcloud.com where they can be listened to on an international platform.
DFEi goes Farming
Getting access to large farm animals is not the easiest thing if you are based in Dún Laoghaire! In order to give our FETAC Level 6 Advanced Animal Health Care learner’s access to these large animals a trip was organised to an educational farm in Gurteen, Co Tipperary. Gurteen is a full-time Agricultural and Equine College with links into animal science degree courses in Athlone IT as well as offering its own Farming and Equine courses. Learners from DFEi completed a 1 week’s residential course that involved theory and practical based classes. For some this was a first time experience in dealing with farm animals. They all learned new skills such as dehorning, hoof care and lunging horses.
A number of learners assisted in lambing and calving experiencing late nights and very early mornings!
DFEi Music reaches number 4 in the Irish Compilation Charts
As part of the media experience in DFEi learners produce an annual CD. In 2012 DFEi Music secured a partnership deal with Nielson Music to release their album “Native”. It was released globally on various digital platforms and the crew held an album launch in Tower Records on Friday 23rd March with an in store performance. In April “Native” made number 4 in the Irish Compilation Charts. There was a diverse group of credible homegrown musicians, producers and bands involved in the production of the album. “Native” contains an eclectic mix of alternative Rock, RAP and Dance. One of the tracks “The National” by Lethal Dialect has already 9 received national exposure through RTE’s crime drama series ‘Love/Hate’. Other artists include: Tremoya, One of the Boys, Spinafly and DJ Kann, as well as many other exciting acts.
This partnership is part of DFEi’s innovative college initiative designed to educate, train and bring together learners from a range of specialist courses, covering sound engineering, music media, event management and public relations, in the implementation of a practical, real-life music business venture.
Ahoy Me Hearties!
DFEi Social inclusion relationship with Carmona House
On Friday the 20th January 2012, learners from the sound production course hosted a pirate themed concert for the clients of Carmona Services, Dunmore House, Glenageary. DFEi has a historic relationship with Carmona Services and uses the skills and talents of those on the sound production course in order to include those in society with different needs. Music is a great way of doing this and learners provided a variety of concerts over the academic year 2011/2012.
The atmosphere in the Sports Hall was highly energerised. Staff and service users alike waited patiently for the live music to begin which was hosted by two MC’s, Nathan Meehan and Mark Bellew. First up to perform for the growing crowd was guitarist Richie Redmond. Richie played a medley of Celine Dion songs, including her hit ‘My Heart Will Go On’. Next to take to the stage was Derek, from Carmona House, who decided against playing the tin whistle and instead sang Happy Birthday to his friend.
The McBrides performed by playing hits by Bill Withers, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and Thin Lizzy’s ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’, before encouraging the crowd to sing to the chorus of “The Kerry Recruit”. The penultimate act, The Dusseldorfs, performed songs from The Kings Of Leon, Foster The People and The Pixies. The audience showed their support by dancing enthusiastically at the front of the stage. Finally, Wexford DJ Ryan Mulligan closed the show by playing a mix of records, including some old favourites from Daniel Bedingfield and Faith Evans. These songs prompted a rousing performance of break-dancing by some of the audience. Learners on the Media and Sound courses have a willingness to take part and engage with the services users.
Arts, Culture and History in Kilmacanogue
In a joint collaboration between the learners on the Arts, Culture and history course and the Genealogical Society of Ireland a complete set of vital records was recorded from the gravestones in Kilmacanogue Cemetery. This involved cleaning the headstones, digitising the information and archiving it in accordance with National Archive Standards.
The project was led by Brian Smith (AC5 teacher) and Barry O’Connor (DFEi Craft teacher) who represented the Genealogical Society of Ireland. All data is available digitally and has been distributed to National Libraries for their collections. Contents include: Memorial inscriptions, Cemetery Site Map, Griffith’s Primary Valuation (1852), Tithe Applotments (1829), Description from Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary (1837), Description from the Parliamentary Gazetter (1845), Photo Gallery and a Video tour of the Cemetery.
The annual Visual Design Showcase was held in DFEi on the 6th June 2012. A wide and diverse range of courses covering a multitude of disciplines including arts, design and practical skills was showcased and this exhibition represented a live platform where the quality of the work produced during the academic year could be viewed. This event ran over 3 days and the exhibits on display were testament to the creative imagination of the learners who transformed their ideas into practical and visual realities of modern life. Exhibits were presented from the following courses: Furniture Design and Marking, Architectural Technology, Model Making, Arts, Culture and History and Photographic exhibits from night students.
The guest speaker was Shane Holland who is an award winning designer who works in the fields of lighting, furniture and sculptural elements in mixed media contexts. He gave some highly inspirational advice and guidance to the exhibitor’s and praised them for their perseverance especially through this tough economic climate.
Collaboration with SCD at Bloom 2012
A team of Garden and Landscape learners from Senior College Dún Laoghaire (SCD) were awarded a Silver Medal for a garden they created for Bloom 2012. The 2012 team brought together expertise from DFEi and SCD learners and staff. Speaking at Bloom, design tutor, Barry Lupton said ‘this is the fifth time that SCD has created a garden at Bloom but it’s the first time we’ve brought together two Colleges. The team have completed a fantastic job and the garden is a credit to them. They worked as cohesive group from the outset and although they got support and guidance from staff, it is their hard work, initiative and collaborative spirit, which realised the garden in the end.’
The team included David Gallaher, Fran Byrne, Bobby Cooper, Anne Whelan, Colette Lamarie Brady, Richard Jolly, Walter O’Toole, Robert Murray and Kevin Power. Sponsors of the garden were the Kiltipper Garden Centre, the Landscape Depot and DFEi.
New Window Sashes at Tiglin
The teachers in the Craft, Design and Construction Department rose to the challenge of making new window sashes for the Tiglin Rehabilitation Centre in Wicklow. This centre badly needed new window sashes and the wood, necessary equipment and expertise was donated by both DFEi and its staff as part of the college’s commitment to social inclusion and community development. The centre was officially opened on the 17th May 2012 by President Michael D Higgins. Pictured below at the official launch and presentation of window sashes is (L-R) Phil Thompson (Manager Tiglin Centre), Terry Keogh (Department Head DFEi), Andrew Doyle (TD), Aubrey McCarthy (Director Tiglin Teen Challenge) and Brian Doyle (DFEi teaching Staff).
Event Management Success – Carmel Kelly
Carmel studied “Creative Writing” and “Event Management” at night in DFEi. These courses helped her achieve her lifelong dream of becoming published. This is her first children’s book, which is a delightful story of a little boy who just loves spiders. Carmel lives in Bray and works as a Senior Librarian in Dundrum. The book is called “Spidey” as gáeilge.