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Congratulations Learners of 2022!

CTI Clonmel hosted its first graduation ceremony since pre-covid times on the 21st of October 2022. Learners arrived from all faculties and shared stories of their new jobs or their new education paths.

The host for the night was school principal John McCarthy while guest speaker was Marie McMahon, Curator of the Tipperary Museum and former learner of CTI Clonmel. Marie spoke fondly of her time in CTI where she completed an Art Portfolio Preparation course that gave her the confidence that anything was achievable. One key point that Marie made to learners was not to be afraid to fail for there is learning in failure.

Other speakers and guests on the night were our Board Chairperson Josephine Chamney, Colin Cummins, TETB Director of Further Education and Olivia Kennedy Murphy, TETB Adult Education Officer. Entertainment on the night was provided by this years music learners in what was their first gig together. A short video of the night can be seen below.


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Let the drawing begin!


CTI Senior College launches Inktober challenge




  Kicking off Inktober students of the Art Metalwork class at CTI Senior College enjoyed a fascinating ink-making workshop with Annie Hogg in the College’s Barracks studios.

A native of Marlfield in Clonmel, Annie Hogg promised a day of alchemy in her ink-making workshop and the results were truly magical. Annie is an environmental artist and this year’s Artist in Residence at South Tipperary Art Centre, where her work will be on exhibition in the new year.

A graduate of CTI’s Art Portfolio course, she uses plants, soils, found lichens & bones to create inks and paints for her abstract artworks. Guided by Annie, students learned how to forage and source materials for inks from their gardens and the wild, in a way that respects the natural environment. Under her careful supervision these materials were transformed with water, heat, acids and alkalis into glorious colour palettes. During the workshop the students discovered how Annie had built a sustainable art practice that cares for and celebrates the incredible wealth and heritage of our native flora and fauna.







The prompt list for Inktober 2022 also reflects this natural theme: Using the 31 word list as inspiration, everyone is invited to participate in  a worldwide challenge to draw every day for the month of October. This global  initiative joins artists in a community with a single purpose and the results can be seen on the official Inktober site. Art students at CTI Senior College of Further Education joined the challenge: using traditional and contemporary drawing techniques to explore line, tone and texture.


In the Art Portfolio & Fine Art classes are exploring the lighting technique of chiaroscuro. Adding to the challenge by drawing on dark surfaces with oil pastels and graphite, they have succeeded in capturing this spotlight effect in a series of keenly observed large-scale drawings.


Alongside this they made continuous line drawings of the same objects. This fun but intricate technique means they cannot lift their pens from the page once they begin,  creating mesmerising patterns and shapes. Examples of which can also be seen on the college’s Instagram page (cticlonmel)

In the Fine Art class learners were creating some alchemy of their own using gum arabic to develop everyday photocopies into print plates. This process is also called paper lithography. They spent last week layering images and composing their designs before inking-up and printing some incredibly sophisticated lithographs. Illustrated below is some of the intriguing work of Bernard Prendergast.


CTI Senior College is also celebrating this October when our graduation night returns to the assembly hall in the Mall. This annual gathering was interrupted like so many other of our college’s community events but it is everyone’s favourite night of the college calendar when graduates don their caps and gowns and collect their awards.  A special congratulations to all the 2022 graduates of the Art Metalwork, Jewellery Design, Art Portfolio and Fine Art courses.

Induction 2022

Great morning this morning for our Further Education learners where they were treated to tea and scones as part of their induction. ☕️🫖 😋
There are still places remaining on a number of courses, if you are interested in a course apply today at or contract the school by phone on 052 6126269

Launch of CTI Clonmel Senior College of Further Education Courses 2021/22

CTI Senior College of Further Education are delighted to launch their courses for 2021/22.

The college offers a variety of courses that are practically based with a mixed variety of assessment methods to suit all types of learners. Our courses are designed for people who would like to get a feel for a subject area before committing to a four year degree; for people looking to further their education and skills prior to entering the employment sector and for those looking to learn a new skill . All of our courses are QQI accredited. We offer both Level 5 and Level 6 courses with Level 7 and Level 8 progression links as well as apprenticeship links available, all of which can be accessed here. A full list of our available courses can be found here.

Check out the video below for more information.


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CTI Career Expo success

We had a number of stalls at the CTI Clonmel Careers expo, most notably our own CTI Senior College stand. At this stand we spoke to students about the course we have on offer as well as the progression paths that are available to them when they complete a course here in CTI Senior College. One particular path is our Apprenticeship Pathway which we launched earlier in the year. This pathway allows students a potential 9 month exemption from an apprenticeship after they complete a Further Education course with us here in CTI Senior College. This is a brilliant opportunity for any student.

New principal appointed for our school

A new chapter has started at the Central Technical Institute (CTI) in Clonmel, County Tipperary, following the appointment of John McCarthy as principal.

Consisting of the CTI Senior College of Further Education, Gaelcholáiste Chéitínn and Coláiste Chluain Meala, Cork native John has been taken aback by the sense of “real camaraderie and openness to new ideas” since commencing the role in August.

“It has been a challenging few months but there’s a really impressive staff here that have helped me settle in. Tina Kennedy was the acting principal last year and she has been guiding me through the role and has been so supportive,” says John, who previously taught English and was deputy principal across his 15 years at Coláiste Dún Iascaigh in Cahir.

John crafting a “coherent vision” for CTI Clonmel

John’s goal is to create a “coherent vision” for the three schools, one which will drive them into the future. He says the Senior College has grown from 183 to 210 students this year, crediting the rise in numbers to the school’s ability to proactively respond to society’s needs. “The Senior College’s courses are legendary. It offers students a gateway to further education and employment. It was usually just for school leavers, but nowadays there’s a lot more mature students who range in ages. We have seen a lot of older people coming back to school looking to reposition themselves in society and looking to boost their career opportunities, especially in childcare, special needs assistance and pre-nursing,” he says.

Gaelcholáiste Chéitínn currently has 158 students, growing “rapidly” in recent years, and Brona Kinnane has just been appointed to take charge of the day-to-day running of the school. “We have 31 students in first year and there’s 11 in sixth, so it has really grown and offers something unique in the town. It’s incredibly natural for the students to speak the Irish language. Every subject is done through Irish which really helps, and it’s terrific when you hear them engaging in groups,” he says.

“But it’s not just about Irish language and education, and it provides the culture and sense of identity that the students are looking for,” he explains.

“The school is very academic and it’s a very caring, close community. We had 69% of students achieve over 400 points and one student got 601 points in the recent Leaving Certificate. It’s quite a relaxed school in some ways but still maintains high academic standards. If you have a can-do attitude towards work, you’ll flourish in Gaelcholáiste Chéitínn,” he smiles.

As part of his vision for the school, John plans to open the gates of Gaelcholáiste Chéitínn on The Mall to the public. The school will host a bilingual production centred on High School in November. “It’s going to be the first-ever show for Gaelcholáiste Chéitínn and will feature over 50 students in roles ranging from set design to acting and singing. The music department is very strong in the school at the moment. We want the school to be part of the community in a traditional Irish way,” he says.

John, an accomplished author who also taught in Drogheda for 10 years, also has big sporting plans for Coláiste Chluain Meala. The school currently has 110 students, from first to sixth year, who do “incredibly well with many going on to further education.” Tipperary senior hurler Seamus Kennedy went on to lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup following his studies at the school.

“Basketball is huge in the school, rugby is back this year along with GAA and soccer. The school has won prizes in the Poetry Aloud competition and is part of the School Excellence Fund, which recognises excellence and innovation. It’s a really exciting time for the entire school community,” John adds.