Two groups of students taking part in this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Sligo were recognised with special awards by the Parade Committee.
The International Students won ‘Best Novelty’ and students studying Fine Art were also part of the Sabrena Peace Project which won the Best Art/Culture Section.
More than 30 international students represented their home countries in the parade.
“We were proud to present this slice of Irish life to our students and we were also very proud to present our international community to the people of Sligo,” said International Office Eileen Gillen. “We see this prize as an acknowledgement of our commitment to multi-cultural international education and very much look forward to a bigger entry next year
In addition to a long standing commitment to the Erasmus Lifelong Learning programme, which sees students from all over Europe coming to Sligo to study, IT Sligo has recently advanced co-operation with colleges and government scholarship agencies in the United States, Canada, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Kuwait and Oman.
Students studying tourism and event management, marketing, web development and creative media, creative design and fine art also contributed to the event using skills they’re acquiring through their programme of study.
Leading the collaboration with IT Sligo and the Parade Committee was the Head of Department of Marketing, Tourism and Sport, Ann Higgins, whose late father Tommy, a Freeman of the Borough and former Mayor, was a founding member of the Parade in the 1970’s.