Engineer's Week 2020 at Offaly Libraries


Engineers Week Logo 2020


Offaly Libraries brought the Future of Engineering to Co. Offaly during Engineers Week from February 29th to March 6th.   We encouraged students countywide to engineer the Ireland of tomorrow by hosting numerous fun events and engaging activities for both primary and post primary students.


Engineers Week promotes engineering and the importance of the profession in Ireland. Each event aims to showcase the exciting world of engineering as well as highlighting the diverse career opportunities engineering offers. This annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland STEPS programme - funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and industry leaders ARUP, ESB, Intel and TII.


Offaly County Council engineers Joe Dooley, Joe Dunican and Jean Ryan encouraged young children in Birr, Tullamore and Kilcormac libraries to Think Like an Engineer.  They informed the ‘engineers of tomorrow’ about their interesting careers and diverse engineering projects undertaken by local authorities.


Staff in Edenderry Library were delighted when Midlands Science funded the physics of electricity, magnetism and computing workshop with Dr. Dan Nickström.   Elizabeth Lawless, a Civil Engineer with Kildare County Council, encouraged 2nd class students from St Mary’s Primary School to consider how engineering connects their lives.   Frank Mallen brought a new insight to students from Oaklands Community College who were encouraged to consider renewable engineering and its future role in the fight against climate change.


Damien Kearns, a Civil Engineer with Bretland Construction, won over students from Daingean National School with his enthusiasm.  They had great fun when he assisted them to build stable structures using cocktail sticks and jellies! Deirdre from The Flat Bread Company spoke to students from Tullamore College about how engineering plays a pivotal role in food production.


According to Engineers Week co-ordinator for Offaly Libraries, Honor Ridgeway, the week has been well received by all ages “It’s wonderful to see the engagement between our guest Engineers and visiting students – it really opens up a whole new world to them which they may not have considered until now”.  Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Engineers Week is a chance for parents and young people to find out more about the many career opportunities available within the engineering sector and learn about the kind of skills that qualified engineers can build on as they move through their careers.


Offaly Libraries are proud to have participated in Irelands biggest celebration of engineering in our local community.