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Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE student films to appear on DCTV

Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE student films to appear on DCTV

We are delighted to announce that three of our graduate films will be broadcast on Monday, June 10th at 9pm on DCTV, Channel 802 on Virgin Media and also streaming on DCTV.ie/live.

Soup, Making Waves and Curbs & Carparks are short films made by our Media Production students. The screening is funded by Coimisiún na Meán.

CDCFE are so proud to have these graduate films broadcast. See more information about DCTV


CDCFE is now Enrolling for Courses starting in September

We are now enrolling for courses starting in September. Courses cost €50 and you can apply on our homepage by clicking the Apply Now button. Please see individual course pages for information about minimum entry requirements. Our teaching staff are now on summer holidays, but if you have any queries please contact coolock@cdcfe.cdetb.ie. Check out our Social Media for news and updates.

Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education offers over 70 courses across our three campuses in Coolock, Raheny and Kilbarrack. CDCFE has 13 faculty departments, which offer a diverse range of programmes. We are a constituent college of the City of Dublin ETB.

As well as Post Leaving Certificate courses for school leavers, CDCFE also provides qualifications at QQI levels 4, 5, & 6 as well as Apprenticeship, Work-based Traineeship programmes, BA degrees and a selection of part-time day and evening courses.

Our students receive a personal learning experience from supportive tutors in a relaxed environment. CDCFE has excellent progression routes to higher education through the CAO system, as well as links with University of Wolverhampton to BA degree level in the areas of Animation and TV & Film Production.

Our exciting Erasmus+ mobility programme allows students the opportunity to study abroad with our international partners in Corsica, Spain, Italy and Finland. This gives our students a rich learning experience, whilst travelling for free.

For students who desire practical experience, CDCFE offers work-based learning through its Traineeship programmes. These courses include a work placement with one of CDCFE’s many industry partners.

See our website for the most up to date information on our open days, courses, news & events, and follow our social media to find out more about life at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE.

We hope you will consider studying with us. Create your future –  Apply Now for a course at cdcfe.ie.


Schedule of Registration for September 2024

Details of Registration Week 2024. (Subject to change)

CDCFE Registration Week 2024    


  Fri Sept 6th  (2nd/3rd yrs) 
10.00 – 11.00  Perf Arts 2 / Traineeship in Outdoor / Film 2 
11.00 – 12.30   Media 2/ Animation (2nd / 3rd Yrs) 
12.30 – 2.30  Social Care 2

Computer Sci 2 

Business 2 

Computer Networks 2 


  Monday 9th Sept (1ST Yrs) 
9.30 – 11.30 


Performing Arts (1st yrs) 

Pre-Uni Business Studies (1st yrs)  

11.30 – 13.30 


Tour Guiding L6 (1st yrs) 

Hairdressing (1st Yrs) 

Occupational Therapy Assistant (1st Yrs) 

Speech & Lang Therapy Assistant (1st Yrs) 

13.30 – 15.00  Pre-Uni Nursing (1st yrs)  
15.00 – 16.00 


Pre-Uni Sports Science (1st yrs) 

Sport Rehabilitation & Exercise Therapy 

Healthcare & Physiotherapy Assistant (1st yrs) 


  TUESDAY 10th Sept (1ST Yrs) 
9.30 – 11.30 


Media Production TV & Sound (1st Yrs) 

Film Production (1st Yrs) 

11.30 – 12.30  Early Learning & Care (1st yrs) 

Psychology (1st Yrs) 

12.30 – 14.00 


Pre & Post Primary School Teaching L5 

Social Media Content Creation

Journalism (1st Yrs) 

14.00 – 15.30  Social Care L5 (1st Yrs) 

Creative Writing for Digital Media (1st Yrs) 


  WEDNESDAY 11th Sept (1st Yrs) 
10.00 – 12.00  Photography (1st yrs) 

Graphic Design Foundation (1st yrs) 

Arch Tech Foundation (1st yrs) 

Advanced Certificate in Art & Design 

12.00 – 14.00 


Animation 1/ Floristry / Horticulture (1st yrs) 

Outdoor Adventure Mang. (1st Yrs) 

14.00 – 16.00   Art & Design Portfolio Preparation 

Interior Design 


  THURSDAY 12th Sept (1st Yrs) 
9.30 -11.30  Computer System Networks (1st Yrs) 

Computer Science (1st Yrs) 

11.30- 13.30 


Pre-University Science (DCU Access) (1st Yrs) 

Pre-University Science – Lab Techniques (1st Yrs) 

13.30 – 15.30  Prelim Engineering (1st Yrs) 

Engineering Technology (1st Yrs) 



Class of 24 Graduation

Congratulations to all of our graduates who received their certificates at a ceremony in Croke Park in May.

Best of luck with your future study and careers!

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Fashion Show, Swords Pavilions, Saturday 25th May


The Fashion Design & Styling course at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education are having a catwalk show in Swords Pavilions on Saturday 25th May.  Come along and see fabulous creations from our QQI Level 5 & 6 classes.

There will be 15 minute shows on the hour at 1, 2 & 3pm.

If you would like to be a model, or for more information contact sarjit.verik@cdcfe.cdetb.ie

We look forward to seeing you there.

Performing Arts Play “Pronoun” – May 29th & 30th

Dry Ice Theatre Company by the Perfoming Arts course at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education are proud to present Pronoun by Evan Placey.  ‘A love story about transition, testosterone, and James Dean. Josh and Isabella are childhood sweethearts. They were meant to spend their gap year together, they were meant to be together forever. But Isabella has now become a boy.’
When: 29th & 30th May – 7.30pm
Where: Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall
All are welcome to attend this play, which is performed by students of our Drama BA, accredited by University of Wolverhampton.
Applications for our Performing Arts Course  are open now.

“Create” Showcase at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education, Wednesday 8th May

Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further are hosting Create student showcase in their Raheny campus, Springdale Road, on Wednesday 8th May from 1pm – 4pm.

The Art & Design Department at CDCFE will showcase their student work through an art exhibition, market stalls, workshops and interactive activities.

Students from courses such as Architectural Technology, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Art & Design Portfolio, Advanced Art, Fashion Design & Styling, Animation, Photography, Pottery and Craft Production will present their final creative works at this fun event.There will be BBQ on the day as well as live music and entertainment from CDCFE’s Media students.

A ceremony for the inaugural City of Dublin ETB Sports and Cultural Council (SCC) Art, Craft & Design Awards will also take place at the event. Students from any City of Dublin ETB college are invited to enter their creative works. The winners will receive a €100 prize voucher, as well as a bespoke plaque crafted by Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE tutor and artist Tanya Elliot Nyegaard. All are welcome to attend the event and come to see all that is on offer.

CDCFE offers over 70 courses across three campuses in Coolock, Raheny and Kilbarrack. Programmes are available at a range of levels from QQI Levels 4, 5 & 6, Apprenticeship, Traineeship, Skills to Advance, Back to Education Initiative and BA Degree.   Follow us on social media to see more news and events or check out cdcfe.ie for more information.


Smedia win for CDCFE Entrepreneurship Student

CDCFE are delighted to announce that Entrepreneurship student Mariia Koshyrenkova was awarded the Virgin Media Content Creator prize at the Student Media Awards at a ceremony held in the Mansion House.

Mariia’s project Paws From Ukraine was selected from over one hundred student entries. The social media content campaign raised awareness of a calendar which was developed with the help of Mariia’s fellow student Charlie Murphy. The pair travelled around Ireland photographing pet dogs that accompanied their owners when fleeing the war in Ukraine. Proceeds from the calendar went to the Irish Blue Cross animal charity.  Mariia’s project saw off competition from other nominees in the category from University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin.

Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE Media Production HND student Stephen White was also nominated in this category, one of six overall nominations for CDCFE. Film and Television Production BA  graduate Joseph Reilly, was nominated in the Short Film category for his film “Blurred Vision”, which will be screened at the upcoming  Fastnet Film Festival

Current Traineeship in TV & Film Production student Evan Meates was nominated in two categories – Radio Documentary and Film Documentary for his projects “The Mighty Ravens” and “Aspergers Flirtation”. Evan, who himself has autism, documented the dating scene for autistic people as well as a radio documentary about a Special Olympics bowling team based in north Dublin.

“The Quill”, a publication by the Creative Writing class in CDCFE was nominated in the Small College or Society Publication of the Year category, but lost out narrowly to Trinity College Dublin. Media Department Head, Denise O’Connor said “we are so proud of what these students have accomplished. To be nominated at national student level alongside the elite universities is an amazing achievement and is testament to the hard work that the students put in as well as the support from their tutors while studying at Coláiste Dhúlaigh”.

Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education offers over 70 courses at a range of levels including Post Leaving Certificate courses at QQI levels 4, 5 & 6, Apprenticeship, Traineeship, Part Time courses, Skills to Advance and BA Degrees. Applications are now open online at www.cdcfe.ie.

Learning Circle Childcare are Hiring

We are looking for a kind, caring, passionate Early Years Practitioner to join our Team.

  • Candidate must have a genuine love of children.
  • Minimum Level 5 in childcare
  • Excellent communication skills with a good understanding of English
  • Knowledge of Aistear & Siolta
  • Experience working in an Early Years setting preferable but not essential (full training will be given)

For more information contact 01-8285031


Climate Change Interactive Workshop

The City of Dublin ETB Adult Education Service at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education are hosting an interactive workshop “Let’s Talk about Climate Change”.

The event will take place at CDCFE’s Coolock campus on Tuesday 16th April from 11.30am – 1pm.

AES tutor Martha Coleman presents the workshop, which aims to help people to understand the science behind climate change and how in its understanding we can be empowered to make change possible.

The workshop is organised as part of the Dublin Learning City Festival which takes place from 15th – 17th April 2024.

Please register your interest for this event.

Or contact laura.roche@cdcfe.cdetb.ie for more information.

Climate Change Workshop


Inaugural SCC Art & Design Awards

I am pleased to introduce the inaugural Art, Craft and Design Awards sponsored by City of Dublin ETB’s Sports and Cultural Council.

This year we would like you to” REFLECT” on your year at college and choose work you are most proud of or have completed as part of your coursework. This can be in any medium, format or theme and it should demonstrate your skills in the area you are studying.

There will be an award and prize for best student work in each category as well as a prize for highly commended entries. An exhibition of the winners’ work online through “Art Steps” will take place, as well as a physical exhibition and award ceremony at the Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE graduate show on 8th May, Raheny Campus. More details to follow.

How to Enter

Please email your submission along with this application form  to sccart-designawards@cdcfe.cdetb.ie on or before midnight 28th April 2024.  Work should be submitted as a high quality jpeg, pdf or mp4 file.

Aisling Brunell, Head of Art & Design, Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education


SCC Art & Design Awards


“Katzenmusik” – Performing Arts Student play – preview April 10th

Dry Ice Theatre Production Company presents “Katzenmusik”, A darkly comic story about social inequality and upheaval, told in reverse. A viral video, a company capitalising on fear, prank calls, class divide and a cat memorial. The increasing income gap between rich and poor has pushed the residents of Burnside Town to breaking point.”
Join our Performing Arts students in their production of “Katzenmusik” in the Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, on April 10th, 11th & 12th.
Venue- Sean O’Casey theatre, Eastwall
Dates -Preview Wednesday April 10th 7.30pm
Show – Thursday April 11th and Friday 12th 7.30pm
Applications for our Performing Arts course are now open.

“Haiku” Art Exhibition – Raheny Campus, Thursday March 21st

A small exhibition of works from the Advanced Art Course will take place in our Raheny campus on Thursday, March 21st.  Anyone is welcome to attend this event which opens in the campus reception 12pm.

“Haiku” is inspired by the Japanese style poem of seventeen syllables. The works, seek to express emotionally suggestive moments of insight into nature.

This exhibition comprises part of the painting, drawing and work experience modules for this QQI Level 6 course. The full-time Advanced Art Award allows participants to explore and develop their own artistic style. Applications for September are open now.

See more information about the Advanced Art course.

CDCFE Science Lab unveils new Autoclave Machine

Martina Maher cuts ribbon on Tina Machine
The Science Department at CDCFE were delighted to unveil their new Autoclave Machine this week. The autoclave uses steam and high pressure to sterilise equipment, reagents and waste. It is essential kit for the Pre-university Microbiology,  Laboratory Techniques and DCU access courses. The item replaces the outdated and pungent predecessors responsible for the “smell of science” on the ground floor.
The Autoclave has been nicknamed “The Tina Machine” in honour of our office administrator Martina Maher, who was an integral part of the long process in securing the equipment. Martina’s trademark patience endured through two years of logistical issues, resulting in her being given the honor of cutting the ribbon for the Tina Machine’s inaugural run.

Entrepreneurship Coffee Morning

Please register your interest here.

If you are interested in setting up your own business next year come along to our Entrepreneurship course Coffee Morning on Wednesday 13th March at 11am in our Kilbarrack Campus. All are welcome to attend.

We will explain how we will help to get your business up and running, how to produce a business plan and get your business online. You will be able to talk to our tutors and current students.

A bus will leave our Coolock campus at 10.30am and Raheny campus at 10.45am and will also return to Raheny and Coolock after the event.

Please register your interest here.

Entrepreneurship coffee morning

Entrepreneurship Coffee Morning – Wednesday 12th March

Do you have a business idea?

Come along to our Kilbarrack campus on Wednesday 13th March at 11am to see how our expert tutors can help you.

CDCFE’s Entrepreneurship course are holding a coffee morning for current and prospective students.

Come along and find out how our tutors can help you launch your business.

For more information contact sharon.mcilvenna@cdcfe.cdetb.ie

Register your interest.

Entrepreneurship at CDCFE

Entrepreneurship coffee morning


National Hairdressing Apprenticeship at CDCFE Capstone Event

Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education celebrated the first completers of their National Hairdressing Apprenticeship this week at a ceremony hosted by RTE’s Nuala Carey.

Eight graduates of the NHA at CDCFE showcased their final work at the capstone event which was held in Fallon & Byrne, Dublin.

The Apprenticeship graduates have been studying hairdressing for three years, working both in professional hair salons and in CDCFE’s Kilbarrack campus salon “Cabello”. With a mix of on and off the job experience, the apprentices were able to “earn while they learn”.

The apprenticeship graduates now join the ranks of fully qualified hairdressers, recognised both in Ireland and internationally.

The event was attended by mentoring hair salons such as Zeba and Cats Hair Salon, as well as delegates from the City of Dublin ETB and the National Hairdressing Apprenticeship steering group.

To find out more about the NHA at CDCFE click here


SCC Public Speaking Competition Prizewinner

Congratulations to CDCFE Media Production Student Sayed Farid who was a prizewinner in the SCC Public Speaking Competition.

Sayed, who is an Afghan national, came in second place in the student competition which took place in the Teacher’s club.

The City of Dublin ETB Sports and Cultural Council coordinates a range of student activities across its 26 colleges and schools. It celebrates learners in sporting and cultural pursuits.

Well done Sayed!


Sayed Farid, prizewinner in the SCC public speaking competition

Photo Freaks – Virtual Exhibition by Photography Students at CDCFE

Photo Freaks Virtual Exhibition

The Photography QQI Level 6 class at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education are holding a virtual exhibition which goes live on the 6th February.

You are invited to visit this virtual space and enjoy a collection of portraiture by “Photo Freaks”. Visit artsteps.com @PhotoFreaks to access this online exhibition or click here

Student Padraig Kearney said “We at Photo Freaks have been hard at work the past year for our virtual exhibition, taking photos and making memories and we hope to show that through our exhibition on the 6th of February”.

Follow Photo Freaks on Instagram

For more information about studying photography at CDCFE click Here

CDCFE Animation Student Nominated for Animation Dingle Award

Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education are delighted to congratulate Animation student Colin Reddin on his nomination in the Irish Student category at Animation Dingle for his film “Lab Mouse”.

Colin is a graduate of the Higher National Diploma (HND) Animation programme at CDCFE and is currently studying a level 8 Honours BA degree in Animation at Coláiste Dhúlaigh, accredited by University of Wolverhampton.

Lab Mouse is a quirky depiction of the life of a mischievous test mouse. Best of luck Colin!

For more information about studying Animation at CDCFE click Here

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See the full list of Animation Dingle nominees here

CDCFE Animation Student nominated in Animation Dingle

Keyframe 10 – Animation Industry talks at CDCFE

Keyframe 10 - talks and workshops by Animation Industry Professionals at CDCFE

The Animation department at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE hosted Keyframe10 this week. The event which is in its tenth year, was held in CDCFE’s Coolock campus, where award-winning professionals from the Animation industry gave talks and workshops to students.

Jam Media’s Jessica Patterson gave a talk on her work as director of the Oscar 2024 nominated short film “Worry World”.  Other speakers at the event included Tom Getty, co-founder of Taunt Studios in Belfast who produce animated shorts in the Irish and English language for the BBC and Channel 5.  Neev Brennan from Boulder media spoke about her work as a concept artist.

CDCFE graduate Amy Byrne who worked on the hit show Rick & Morty and is now a compositor with Boulder Media also spoke at Keyframe10. Children’s book illustrator Estrella Lourenco gave an address about her various roles both as a freelancer as well as working on Danger Mouse with Boulder Media. The event concluded with Patrick O’Callaghan, Art Team Manager at “Story Toys” App company based in Dublin.

Principal of Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE, Patricia O’Brien Brennan, commented “Keyframe is such a useful and important annual event for our students, where they get the opportunity to gain valuable advice and information from industry professionals. We are immensely proud of the Animation course at CDCFE which produces industry-prepared graduates year on year”

The Animation course at CDCFE is a three year Higher National Diploma (HND), which leads to a fourth “top-up” BA degree year which is accredited by University of Wolverhampton. PLC courses cost €50 this year and applications for programmes starting in September are now open online, apply here

To learn more about the Animation HND and Degree at CDCFE click Here

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Story Toys Art Team Manager Patrick OCallaghan poses at Keyframe10 Animation event at CDCFE





CDCFE Information Evening – Tuesday 12th March

Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education will hold an Information Evening in the Coolock campus from 4pm- 7pm on Tuesday 12th March.

All are welcome to attend this event and speak to staff and students about the courses on offer.

The Information Evening will give prospective students an opportunity to find about more about courses for which they have already applied or are thinking of applying for.

CDCFE will also have information available on Learner supports, grants and career guidance. Applicants can also find out more information on what is required for a portfolio of work.

Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE offers over 50 Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses across 11 faculties:

  • Hairdressing/Barbering (Kilbarrack)
  • Horticulture/Floristry (Kilbarrack)
  • Media & Animation (Coolock)
  • Information Technology (Coolock)
  • Outdoor Education – Shackleton (Coolock/Malahide Estuary)
  • Health Sciences (Kilbarrack)
  • Art & Design (Raheny)
  • Science & Engineering (Coolock)
  • Business & Tourism (Kilbarrack)
  • Social Studies & Education (Coolock)
  • Performing Arts (Kilbarrack)

CDCFE also offers a further 20 part time courses through Traineeships, Apprenticeships and 10- week Evening Courses. See more about Work Based Learning Programmes Here

For further information about news and events follow our social media or check out cdcfe.ie

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Night Courses Now Enrolling

Night Courses Now Enrolling for January

Make Up Course

Duration: 8 weeks

This makeup course will run for eight weeks and is aimed at students of all ages. You will be introduced to skin care routines and basic make up applications. The course will focus on how to utilize your make-up collection and maintain your brushes. You will also be shown how to go from a daytime make-up look to an evening make-up look including eyelash application.

Apply Here

Interior Design


This beginner’s course in Interior design will provide you with the skills needed to create a cohesive style to your home while exploring elements such as color, lighting, and materials. The course will give you the confidence to bring your ideas to life by choosing the right materials and finishes to create a stylish interior. You will learn how to create architectural drawings of a residential space and gain the skills to present your ideas with mood boards and sample materials.

Apply Here



This 8-week beginners drawing course will help you learn the basics of drawing and sketching. The course is designed for students who wish to develop their drawing and sketching technique using different mediums such as pencil, pen, charcoal. There will be a focus on still life and portraits.

Apply Here


See here for more details


Sculpt & Tone: Pilates targets and strengthens every muscle, giving you a lean, toned physique.
Core Power: Pilates focuses on building a strong core, improving posture, and enhancing overall stability.
Stress Relief: Escape the chaos of daily life. Our classes promote mindfulness, reducing stress and promoting mental well-being.
Flexibility: Embrace the freedom of movement! Pilates enhances flexibility, ensuring a more agile and graceful you.

🔹 All Levels Welcome: Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, our classes are designed for all fitness levels

🔹 Positive Community: Join a supportive and encouraging community of like-minded individuals on the path to wellness.

Schedule: Tuesdays at 6pm to 7 pm

What to bring: Pilates/Yoga Mat, water and a towel. Wear comfy clothes.

Duration: 8 weeks

Apply Here

CDCFE are now Enrolling for 2024/25 Academic Year


CDCFE are now enrolling for over 70 courses that we offer across our three campuses in Coolock, Raheny and Kilbarrack. Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE has over ten departments including Computing, Nursing, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Animation, Art & Design, Outdoor Education, Science & Technology, Performing Arts, Hairdressing, Business and more. Most course fees are €50 for the 2024 academic year.

If a Leaving Certificate student does not get the required CAO points for their preferred choice, then completing a PLC course at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE is a sensible option as we have excellent progression routes into university.

If you are simply unsure of what you want to study after Leaving Certificate, PLC courses are an affordable way to test out subject areas. There are many different reasons why students are now choosing PLC courses, which are becoming increasing popular and have just a €50 registration fee.

Post Leaving Certificate Courses at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE are available at QQI Levels 4, 5 and 6 as well as Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Level 8 BA degrees, accredited by University of Wolverhampton. Student supports and SUSI grants are available for eligible students.

Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE will hold an information evening on the 12th March in their Coolock campus from 4pm-7pm. All are invited to attend and speak to our team about the wide range of courses on offer. Apply online early for your course choice as spaces are limited.

Follow CDCFE on our social media to see updates on news and events. QQI courses are listed on the CAO application and prospective students can also apply now directly on our home page at www.cdcfe.ie.

Happy Christmas from Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE

Well done to Advanced Art student Anne Harnett, who is the winner of our Christmas card design competition. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries.

Happy Christmas from everyone at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education. We hope our staff, students and suppliers have a joyful holiday season and peaceful new year 2024.

Students will return on Wednesday 10th January.

Enjoy the break,


Performing Arts Students at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education present “Past Presents & Raging Mad Reindeer”

Dry Ice Theatre Company presents “Past, Presents and Raging Mad Reindeer”, a collection of pieces by first and second year students from the Performing Arts course at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education. The show takes place in the Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, on the Thursday 7th and Friday 8th of December at 7.30pm.

With stand-up comedy, singing and plenty of Christmas pandemonium in between, “Past, Presents and Raging Mad Reindeer” promises to give everyone the laugh that’s needed at this time of year.

The show kicks off with “What’s beyond”, a script that was created and devised by first year students which will bring the audience on a trip down memory lane.

“Regifted”, a short play directed and performed by second year drama students is set in an office at Christmas time. Don’t say you haven’t done it before. But what’s in the box??

All are welcome to attend this event. Admission is complimentary, but donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information about the Performing Arts course at CDCFE click here

Performing Arts play



“Paws from Ukraine” – a charity calendar in aid of the Irish Blue Cross by Entrepreneurship Students at CDCFE


Paws from Ukraine logo

Students from the Entrepreneurship/Start your Own Business Course at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education, have cooperated to create and launch the “PawsFromUkraine” fundraising calendar in aid of the Blue Cross. 

This calendar is a curated selection of photographs that showcases the inspiring stories of some 600 Ukranian families and their much-loved dogs, many of whom risked their own lives to escape the ravages of war in Ukraine and find refuge in Ireland. The photographs within reflect on the incredibly unique bond that exists between families and their canine companions. 

This series of photographs, captured by Entrepreneurship students, Charlie Murphy and Mariia Koshyrenkova tells a unique story. Each month highlights the strength and courage it has taken these families to overcome adversity.   Charlie and Mariia travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to meet with these families and their pets and hear their courageous and inspiring stories.  

The “Paws from Ukraine” calendar is a testament to the resilience of these families and their loyal companions, capturing the spirit of hope, unity, and the enduring human-animal bond. Through a series of heart-warming photographs, each month tells a unique story, highlighting the journey taken to gain refuge.  The calendar will be supported by a documentary and Photograph book detailing each of the participants stories. 

Proceeds from the calendar will be directed towards supporting the invaluable work of the Blue Cross, an organisation dedicated to providing essential veterinary care and support for pets in need. The funds raised will contribute to the Blue Cross’s ongoing efforts to ensure that all animals, regardless of their origin, receive the care and attention they deserve. 

“We are immensely proud of our students at Coláiste Dhúlaigh for their compassion, creativity, and commitment to making this project work” said Sharon McIlvenna, Entrepreneurship Course Tutor at CDCFE. “The ‘Paws from Ukraine’ calendar not only serves as a beautiful tribute to the human-pet bond but also plays a crucial role in supporting those who have experienced the hardships of war.” 

To learn more about the “PawsfromUkraine” fundraising calendar and to show your support, follow us on Instagram at “PawsfromUkraine.” The calendar will be available for purchase online and at select local retailers and pop-up stores from mid-December. 

Click here to purchase the calendar.

For further information please contact



Paws from Ukraine charity calendar


About our Entrepreneurship course at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education: 

We are delighted to be able to nurture and support this wonderful Social Enterprise initiative from our Entrepreneurship Programme students here at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE.  

Now in its fourth year, this course has been a successful hub for Entrepreneurs.  The program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the business and marketing fundamentals needed to start their own business. 

“We are thrilled to celebrate the fourth year of our “Entrepreneurship course” said Sharon McIlvenna, Entrepreneurship Tutor at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE.  Over the past four years we have seen remarkable growth and achievement amongst our students with many having launched and now operating their own successful ventures. 

Our course provides an understanding of what is needed to successfully navigate the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship and business and provides support in the key aspects of business planning, marketing strategy and development and financial planning. 

The course is run and provided by Industry experienced tutors who can bring their own insights and practical knowledge to the classroom and provide mentoring to students on a one-to-one basis. 

To find out more please contact: 

Sharon.mcilvenna@cdetb.cdcfe.ie or click this link