Roscommon student set to compete at national Worldskills competition

Daniel Connolly, from Castlerea in County Roscommon, is set to compete in the Carpentry competition at Worldskills Ireland 2023, taking place at the RDS, Dublin in September

Roscommon student, Daniel Connelly, from Castlerea, will put his talents and knowledge to the test this September, when he competes at Worldskills Ireland 2023, the country’s largest experiential skills, apprenticeships, and careers event.

Taking place at the RDS, Dublin from 20th – 22nd September, Worldskills Ireland is expected to welcome over 22,000 people including students, parents and teachers, and will be a live celebration of apprenticeships, skills and careers with interactive demonstrations, career zones and employers who are ready to recruit.

Castlerea native Daniel, will compete in the Carpentry competition, alongside a total of 160 National Finalists, who will go head-to-head in a range of skills-based trades including automation, constructions skills and culinary arts, for a chance to win the prestigious Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) Silver Medal and to represent Ireland at Worldskills Lyon next year.

Supported by many industry partners such as SISK, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), ESB Networks and Bus Eireann along with education partners including the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) and the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Worldskills Ireland 2023 is designed to give students a chance to discover the key skills and sectors that drive the Irish economy.

Commenting on the announcement of 2023’s National Finalists, Ray English, Worldskills Ireland Chair added: “Congratulations to all the young people from across the country that are set to compete at the National Finals during Worldskills Ireland in September.

“Worldskills Ireland is the gateway to Worldskills Lyon in 2024, the 47th international competition which is taking place in France next year.

“We believe that promoting apprenticeships and skills-based careers, we can create a brighter future for our young people whilst simultaneously progressing and evolving Ireland’s wider business economy.”

“We are dedicated to empowering and inspiring the next generation of skills professionals in Ireland”.

Needed now more than ever, Worldskills Ireland 2023 will be a three-day celebration preparing the talent of today for the careers of the future. The Finals Day is set to take place at the RDS, Dublin on Friday 22nd September and is a day not to be missed! Free to attend, registration for the event is now open –