FERMOY 'CHIPPIE' RULES THE WORLD
A Fermoy man has been crowned the best carpenter in the world while a Glanworth entrant has been named one of the top three young metal fabricators.
Barry Dennigan of D.N.A Carpentry in Fermoy and Gerald Roche (19) from Glanworth have picked up gold and bronze medals respectively this week after taking part in the World Skills Championships in Calgary, Canada.
Barry, a student of CIT, was one of the hundreds of young people who took part in the international competition and took on the challenge of competitors from 14 other countries in the carpentry category.
Gerald, who was one of the youngest Irish competitors to take part in the championship this year, ranked first in the country in his metal fabrication category before flying out with the 11-man Irish team in August and winning his bronze medal.
Darren Dennigan, an older brother to the gold medallist and owner of DNA Carpentry, is a former medal winner at the competition over 10 years ago.
Every two years, hundreds of the best young professionals from trades, service and technical programmes around the world gather at the World Skills Competition to display their talents and abilities and this year over 900 international competitors competed in 45 skill categorie.s
A personal friend to both the Dennigan and Roche families, Mayor of Fermoy, Noel McCarthy, expressed his sincere congratulations to the two men involved and said he will be proposing that a civic reception be held for them both in October.
“These young men have brought great recognition to our area through their hard work and dedication and I believe it is only fitting that they are received and congratulated in a proper manner.”
The proposal will go before the next meeting of Fermoy Town Council on Tuesday next, September 15. Local county councillor, Frank O’Flynn, stated that he is delighted to congratulate the two men on their success.
Cllr O’Flynn went on to describe the achievements as an outstanding success being great for the winners themselves, their families and for Glanworth.
Thursday 10th September 8:46pm