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The Griffith College community is engaged with projects around the world. We started out lending a helping hand to our neighbours, and before we knew it we were contributing to initiatives as far away as Africa and the Caribbean. Our goal is to help students and communities succeed, and we work towards that goal in a wide variety of ways. 

Some of the ways we contribute to our local and national community include: 

Innocence Project

Griffith College offers students the opportunity to earn credit towards their degree by working with the Innocence Project, which is housed on-site at Griffith College. There, students work under the close supervision of practising solicitors and barristers to help to analyse case materials and to liaise with clients with a view to exonerating those clients who may have been wrongfully convicted.  

 The Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College has assisted large groups of persons in investigating their claims of factual innocence and has supported judicial review proceedings to clarify the law in access to evidence for post-conviction DNA testing. Additionally, we have publicised the plight of those who are the victim of a miscarriage of justice, and we helped to achieve a posthumous pardon for Mr. Harry Gleeson – the first such pardon in the history of the Irish state. 

The Project itself is an independent unincorporated association managed by a Board, which includes representatives from Griffith College, Trinity College, as well as solicitors and barristers. 

Free Legal Aid Clinic

The GCD Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) Project is a social and educational initiative of the Law Faculty of Griffith College Dublin in conjunction with FLAC. It has assisted numerous members of the Griffith College community in obtaining legal advice on a wide range of issues in the context of regularly-scheduled free legal advice clinics. It also engages in research regarding the effects of the law on specific groups within society. Additionally, the group run workshops to increase knowledge of certain areas of the law for students. 

Donore Credit Union

The first credit union in Ireland to reach their sixtieth anniversary, Donore Credit Union are neighbours of Griffith College's main Dublin campus, and the College is happy and proud to be one of their partners. In 2018, this partnership led to the creation of the Brendan Lynch Scholarship, named for the former Lord Mayor of Dublin and honorary director of Donore Credit Union. The scholarship of €3000 is intended to fund the studies of a Griffith College student who is also a member of Donore CU.

Students from the Business faculty also took the opportunity to help out Donore CU. When CEO David McAuley wanted to increase membership in the fall of 2018, Griffith College students undertook market research to find ways to increase awareness, and particularly to increase the number of young people joining. Since their presentation, Donore has seen a growth of awareness and membership among Griffith students, and Donore is looking into offering more services for Griffith College students!

Griffith Halls of Residence Donations

Our colleagues at Griffith Halls of Residence are equally committed to contributing to the community and are involved with a range of charities of their own. Recently, they have supported Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross and the Alice Leahy Trust, which offers assistance to Dublin’s homeless. They also collect bedding that has been left behind for donations to a local dog shelter, Dog’s Trust, providing much-needed comfort for dogs waiting to be rescued, and left behind electrical items are given to the Sue Ryder Foundation!

Kevin's Hurling & Camogie Club

Griffith College is pleased to support the local Kevin’s Hurling & Camogie Club. The College provides space for the club’s meetings as well as sponsoring flags and banners for matches. The College’s support extends to the technological, as well: Griffith provides camera equipment and training for matches to be filmed and promotes the club’s matches on social networks and in the media.  

Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Team

Griffith College was delighted to announce that it would sponsor the Pembroke Wanderers under-16 girls' hockey team for the 2019-2020 season. The college chose to support its local hockey club to promote sports amongst young women and become involved in the 20x20 movement.

Military History Society of Ireland

The Military History Society of Ireland, founded in 1949, promotes the study of military history, particularly as it relates to Irish history and Irishmen at war. Their twice-yearly publication, The Sword, is renowned for its scholarly treatment of military history. Griffith College is proud to support the group by providing them with free spaces to host their events.

Friends of the Vocal Arts

The Friends of the Vocal Arts is a not-for-profit charitable body chaired by Griffith College President Professor Diarmuid Hegarty. As organisers of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, they oversee a triennial contest with a worldwide reach. The competition, named for Irish singing's grande dame, welcomes singers from around the world, and winners have come from countries as far away as Egypt, South Africa and New Zealand.

Watch the Ninth Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, held in Dublin on 31 January 2019.

Culture Night

Griffith College is pleased to participate in this Dublin-wide celebration of history and culture. Built on the site of the old Griffith Barracks, the main Griffith campus in Dublin sits on ground that has been host to thrilling events and people for hundreds of years. Daniel O'Connell was once imprisoned on the site, and it was even home to the 2nd Cavalry Unit of the Irish Defence Forces for almost 60 years. It is our pleasure to share this exciting history and all the stories it contains with the people of Ireland.

Pieta House Fundraising

Since opening in 2006, Pieta house has helped over 30,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. With thirteen centres and over 250 therapists and administration staff, they provide free aid to everyone who comes through their doors. Griffith College Dublin was proud to support their 2018 FeelGood Week initiative with a campus bake sale. Learn more about the event here. Griffith College Cork, meanwhile, hosted a concert in support of Pieta House's vital work. A joint performance by the Cork Prison Officers Male Voice Choir and HFC Brass Band saw proceeds donated to Pieta House as well.

Cork Festivals

Griffith College Cork is an active participant in local festivals and events, hosting events like Cork’s Street Feast in June 2018 for the St. Luke’s neighbourhood. The campus’ historic chapel hosted several gigs as part of the Quiet Lights festival, including Slow Moving Clouds and Katie Kim and Radie Peat. The campus has also hosted literature & poetry readings in the garden as part of the Midsummer Festival.

Cork Business Community

Griffith College Cork has hosted a number of events for the Cork business community, featuring esteemed speakers like Dr. Niamh Shaw, who spoke about setting and achieving professional goals, and Alison Canavan, who led a wellness event. The campus also played host to “Clock Out and Connect,” a business networking evening. Griffith College is proud to be part of Cork Chamber 200 Committee, preparing for the Cork Chamber of Commerce’s 200-year anniversary in 2019.

Cork English Language Students

Putting the language skills they're gaining into good use, English students in Cork have found various ways to get involved in the local community, including preparing and serving food to the homeless & hungry at Cork Penny Dinners and volunteering with the Cork Centre for Independent Living to assist service users with reading, using devices like iPads, painting and more. 

The Griffith College community is engaged with projects around the world. We started out lending a helping hand to our neighbours, and before we knew it we were contributing to initiatives as far away as Africa and the Caribbean. Our goal is to help students and communities succeed, and we work towards that goal in a wide variety of ways. 

Some of the ways we help students achieve their goals include: 

Leaving Cert Maths Revision Programme

Every year, Griffith College’s campuses host a free revision course in mathematics for students in advance of the Leaving Certificate exams. It is an excellent opportunity for students across the country to ask last-minute questions about both the Ordinary and Higher Level exams. Tomás Mac Eochagáin, Griffith’s director of academic programmes, is the presenter of the course. He has over 25 years of experience of teaching mathematics and securing excellent exam results for students. In 2018 over 1000 students attended the revision courses. 

DEIS Bursary

“The importance of diversity and inclusion is growing in the workplace, and this should be no different in schools. CPL are passionate about empowering people to be their best self, no matter where they are from or what their background is, and we’re delighted to support the STEAM bursary for DEIS secondary schools in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.”

- Siobhan O’Shea, Client Service Director, CPL Recruitment

Griffith College is aware of the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to the Irish and global economies.  In 2018, the College launched a bursary, in partnership with CPL Recruitment, aimed at promoting STEAM subjects in DEIS second level schools in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. The bursary provided the winning schools with between €2,000 and €5,000 to use towards STEAM facilities and training for students and staff. The initiative was supported by a range of leading firms including Wolfgang Digital, Microsoft and Core, who agreed to provide site visits, interview workshops and ‘day in the life’ events where students can meet members of their current teams. 

The winning schools received their prizes in February 2019, beginning with overall winner St. John’s De La Salle, located in Ballyfermot, which received a €5,000 cheque. The four runners up were Kylemore College, also in Ballyfermot; Loreto College, Crumlin; St. Colman’s Community College, Midleton, Co. Cork; and St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Cork. The College’s representatives were particularly thrilled to hear from schools how many students would benefit from the bursary. In the case of Kylemore College, more than 280 students were present on the day to witness the presentation in the college’s main assembly hall. The initiative is running again in 2019, with two new STEAM ambassadors.

Business Enterprise Competition

Since 2013, Griffith College has played host to the annual Business Enterprise Competition, in which secondary school students are invited to develop, promote and pitch a product idea to a panel of experts at the school’s Dublin campus. Students also have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops designed by instructors from the Business faculty. The winning team receives €1000, as well as winning a €500 bursary for their school; the second- and third-place teams win prizes of €300 and €200 respectively. 

Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival

Griffith College Limerick is a proud participant in the annual Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, which celebrates learning at all ages with hundreds of events over the course of the week-long festival. Events sponsored or hosted by Griffith College have included “Social Media Marketing for Your Business,” “Beginner Introduction to Mobile App Development” and “Understanding the CAO and Leaving Certificate Points System.” 

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

Griffith College Cork is, similarly, an active participant in the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Cork was presented in 2015 with a UNESCO Learning City Award, recognising progress made in developing Lifelong Learning for all. In 2018, Griffith College Cork hosted festival events including "Practice & Improve Your English," "SAGE Accounting," "Introduction to Irish," "Basic Photography" and "Superintelligence - The Future of AI." 

Junior Achievement Ireland

Griffith College Cork hosts events for Junior Achievement Ireland, whose stated goal is “to inspire and motivate young people to realise their potential by valuing education and understanding how to succeed in the world of work.” The Cork campus has supported the Enterprise in Action programme, which “encourages students to examine the role of an entrepreneur in today’s society.”

Guidance Counsellor Continuing Professional Development

Griffith College Cork has hosted numerous training workshops for guidance counsellors. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Gerry Cunningham hosted mindfulness training, and in 2018 Pat Lynch presented Child Watch training. In addition to training, GCC provides meeting rooms to the Cork Branch of Guidance Counsellors free of charge.

Outreach Drama Programme

A new programme from the Leinster School of Music & Drama will see LSMD instructors helping students prepare for the LSMD Group Drama Examinations. The first school to benefit from the programme is Loreto College Crumlin; Griffith and the LSMD look forward to helping students achieve their goals and build their self-confidence.

The Griffith College community is engaged with projects around the world. We started out lending a helping hand to our neighbours, and before we knew it we were contributing to initiatives as far away as Africa and the Caribbean. Our goal is to help students and communities succeed, and we work towards that goal in a wide variety of ways. 

Some of the ways we use technology to help missions at home and abroad include: 

Camara Education 

“I would like to express my gratitude for the donors who provide computers for my school. You have impacted our lives a lot and we couldn't have done this without your help, so thanks for your donation!”

- Haregewoin Ababu, Ethiopian student

Griffith College’s IT department partners with Camara Education, a social enterprise that sends refurbished computers to underserved schools around the world, as well as providing training in digital literacy. Since the start of our partnership in 2009, Griffith has provided over 580 computers that Camara has in turn refurbished and reused in schools and communities in countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Lesotho and Jamaica, impacting over 7000 learners. 
In 2017, Camara worked with nearly 1600 educational institutions and delivered over 14,000 devices – including their 100,000th computer! They supported over 7000 teachers and impacted 434,234 learners. Griffith College is thrilled to work with a group so dedicated to creating and sustaining a lasting impact around the world.  

Teen-Turn Partnership

Members of the Griffith College community have served as advisors and mentors in partnership with Teen-Turn, supporting teen girls from DEIS schools taking on the Technovation Challenge, where they create a social enterprise that can contribute to their local communities using an app. A Griffith-mentored team from Limerick flew to London to compete in the BT Young Pioneer Awards 2018 with their app, MindMoodz, which allows young users to take control of their mental health and reach out for help and support. 

WEEE Pledge

Griffith College has signed on to the WEEE Pledge, a battery recycling initiative supported by WEEE Ireland in support of LauraLynn, Ireland's Children's Hospice. WEEE Ireland provides battery collection boxes free of charge, which, once filled with batteries, are collected and taken to be sorted and recycled. These batteries can be turned into a wide variety of things, including bicycles, new batteries, and roads. Since 2011, the partnership between WEEE Ireland and Laura Lynn has raised an incredible €285,000. 

The Griffith College community is engaged with projects around the world. We started out lending a helping hand to our neighbours, and before we knew it we were contributing to initiatives as far away as Africa and the Caribbean. Our goal is to help students and communities succeed, and we work towards that goal in a wide variety of ways. 

Some of the ways we make education accessible to our students include:

Academic Scholarships 

The College offers six academic scholarships (to cover a three- or four-year degree programme) annually – four for the main Dublin campus, one for Cork and one for Limerick. This means that at any point in time between 18 and 24 students are undertaking this scholarship scheme. The scholarships cover the cost of the student’s course at Griffith College and are intended to provide an opportunity for those from low-income backgrounds to access third level education.

"The Griffith scholarship programme has benefited me greatly; without it I would have struggled to afford the cost of College. As a graduate, it has helped open career paths and is something that employers are very impressed by. Being in the scholarship programme also allowed me to create relationships with scholarship winners from other courses. We were all there throughout our degrees to help and support each other."
— Hannah Moran-Jackson, Academic Scholar, BA (Hons) in Fashion Design.

Sports Scholarships

Overseen by the Students’ Union, the College offers a number of sports scholarships to outstanding athletes who show a passion for Griffith College Dublin courses and can demonstrate an ability to play their sport to a very high standard. There are 12 such scholarships available, six each for men and women.

"Studying at Griffith College was one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of my career as a student athlete. I am grateful for the experiences of living in a vibrant young culture, receiving personal attention with my studies, and having a chance to play the game I love at its highest level in Ireland." 
— Juan Ferrales, Basketball Scholar 

Leinster School of Music and Drama Scholarships

The Leinster School is pleased to offer the Sheila Murphy Scholarship for music and drama students. Named for former director of the school Sheila Murphy, the award honours her legacy, which included the school's growth from 3,000 students to 15,000 in over 300 centres nationwide. The scholarship is available to LSMD students who have completed their Grade 8 music exams who wish to progress to the Higher Diploma in Arts in Music Education, or their Grade 10 drama exams to progress to the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education.