Updated: 05/10/17 : 06:42:16
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Sligo's WorldSkills finalists head for Abu Dubai

IT Sligo apprentices Micheál Flynn from Tourlestraine in Sligo, and James McSwiney who's a native of Ardee Co Louth, are both representing the college at the 2017 WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi, which take place from October 15th-19th.

Micheál works as an apprentice with Tool & Gauge in Tubbercurry, while James McSwiney plies his joinery trade with John Sisk & Son Ltd in Dublin.

The lads will fly out next week along with their lecturers and mentors John Joe O'Reilly, Armin Philips and Seán Dalton, following an intensive three-month training period on campus.

WorldSkills is the largest professional education event globally. Hosted every two years, competitors from 75 countries demonstrate their excellence in a number of different skilled trades and technology contest areas.

IT Sligo has had a proven international record of accomplishment in the joinery and Plastic Die Engineering disciplines, having provided no less than 17 Ireland team members for the WorldSkills competition down through the years.