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Special Olympics Ireland All Ireland Collection Day

Special Olympics Ireland is first and foremost a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability. However it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. It’s about a feeling of belonging, and ultimately improving quality of life. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in. Funds are essential to improve existing services and develop new services for our athletes. By taking part in All Ireland Collection Day you will be helping us to help those who have intellectual disabilities. We appreciate all donations no matter how small.

Problem solving in a technology-rich environment

At this event William Thorn, Senior Analyst in the OECD will present on the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), specifically people’s ability to use technology to solve problems and accomplish complex texts.

PIAAC is an OECD survey that tests the knowledge and skills of adults in 24 countries. A core component of PIAAC involves problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE) and this seminar aims to explain the importance and relevance of the survey to people working in the technology sector, ahead of the results being on October 8.

Literacy for the 21st Century – what will PIAAC mean for Ireland?

On 8 October the Central Statistics Office (CSO) will release the Irish results of a landmark OECD survey called PIAAC. PIAAC stands for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. It tests the knowledge and skills of adults in 24 countries, including Ireland. The CSO interviewed over 5,000 people aged 16-65 years old and assessed their literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology rich environments. The survey will be comparable to the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and so will provide the new one in four figure for literacy, numeracy and technology.

Before the Irish results of this momentous survey, the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is holding an event -  ‘Literacy for the 21st Century – what will PIAAC mean for Ireland?’  Mr William Thorn, Senior Analyst in the Education Directorate of the OECD, will present on PIAAC, followed by speakers looking at the implications for Ireland and responses going forward.The event aims to help all stakeholders in education and training to understand the survey in order to analyse and interpret the results appropriately. The event will be held on Monday 23 September at 2pm in Newman House, Dublin.

Day of HOPE

National Fundraising Day, in partnership with Butlers Chocolate.

Tombraiders Night Walk

MS Ireland's Tombraiders Night Walk will take place on Saturday, Nov 2nd from 5pm.

QQI/FETAC Level 5 Child Development - Online

This course is delivered by online learning (12 live sessions online plus 1 class-based introductory session).

This module will equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to support children’s holistic development in an early childhood education and care setting. For further information on this programme please visit our page on Child Development.

This is an elective component which can be used as part of the  Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education Award (5M2009).

The Wheel's 2013 Annual Conference: Renew | Rebuild | Restore: Dublin - 29 May 2013

International Women's Day Lunch

An Cosán would like to invite you to attend our International Women’s Day Luncheon on the 8th March.  This event has been an established fixture on the Irish International Women’s Day calendar for the past 12 years and continues to grow in popularity.

The event will take place in the Shelbourne Hotel starting with a champagne reception,  followed by a four-course lunch and complimentary wine.
Guest of honour: Minister of State Brian Hayes      
Guest speaker: Liz O’Donnell, Journalist
MC: Miriam O’Callaghan
Time: 12.15
Tickets: €95, Table x 10 €900
For bookings contact Barbara on 01-4628488 or
More information available here.

MS Ireland Trek: Connemara Walking Weekend

We are going ‘Into the West’ over the May Bank Holiday, to trek and explore the beautiful mountains and unspoilt landscapes of Connemara.

Please contact Caitriona (01) 6781600 or email for further information

RMHC Annual Cycle

The Annual Ronald McDonald House Cycle will take place on Saturday the 20th April

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