GMIT Castlebar

  • The Presidents of GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT (Connacht-Ulster Alliance) welcomed the announcement this week by the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, of an increase of over €153 million for tertiary education including a multi-annual fund of €90 million to assist the development and progression of Technological Universities.

    The Connacht-Ulster Alliance consortium is working together towards becoming a Technological University serving the west and north-west.

    Dr Michael Hannon, Acting President of GMIT, speaking on behalf of Dr Brendan McCormack, President of IT Sligo and Mr Paul Hannigan, President of Letterkenny IT, says: “This is an important funding announcement that will assist GMIT and its CUA partners in realising its ambition of becoming a Technological University.

  • GMIT Mayo is offering a Certificate in Digitalisation for small to medium enterprises across the county.


    The Digital Media Technologies and Marketing for small business course is a yearlong certificate starting in January 2020.


    It aims to give small business owners experience in managing online billing, using social media and help in creating digital content, amongst other things.


    A recent report from the Digital Health Index found that a mere 5% of small businesses possess web sales abilities despite 59% of customers saying online purchases are important to them.


    Sharon Boyle, Lecturer in Digital Media in GMIT has been telling Midwest News about the benefits of this course to small business owners and those currently unemployed.

  • GMIT Mayo is opening its doors to the public today until 1pm to showcase its range of full and part-time courses across the departments of Nursing & Health Sciences, and Social Care, Business, Humanities and Technology Business, and the unique Outdoor Education course.

    The Open Morning event in Castlebar is expected to be attended by hundreds of secondary level students from schools across the region, as well as parents and mature learners interested in part-time upskilling, lifelong learning and Springboard courses.

    All visitors will have an opportunity to tour Mayo Campus, see the facilities including the outdoor classroom and visit information stands on all programmes.

    Staff and students will be on hand to talk about the many services available to support students during their time at third level.

  • Government have today announced a €2 million euro investment  to upgrade the roof in GMIT.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says this represents a major statement of intent by the Government in the Castlebar Campus.

    Today's announcement is part of the Government's multi-billion investment in education as part of Project Ireland 2040.

    Minister Ring says investment of this kind can only bode well for the future of the Mayo GMIT Campus.

  • A Mayo TD has expressed her disappointment at the recent decision to suspend the Honours Course in Digital Media and Society course at the Castlebar GMIT campus.

    Fianna Fail Deputy Lisa Chambers says it was a shock to hear of the suspension of the course, as just last month Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor reiterated the Government’s commitment to the future sustainability of the Mayo campus.

    Deputy Chambers says it’s completely unacceptable and questions need to be answered as to why this decision was taken.

    The GMIT Working Group report was published in December 2017. This report listed key recommendations on how to secure the future sustainability of the campus. Deputy Chambers says as the situation currently stands, this report is yet to be implemented.

    She says there was two key points of the report. One was the appointment of an external facilitator to oversee the implementation of the report’s recommendations and two, was the appointment of a head of campus. Neither of which has been done to date.

    Deputy Chambers says people are furious, and rightly so, as changes shouldn’t be made like cutting courses until the report has been implemented.

  • The annual Mayo’s Careers Fair takes place tomorrow at GMIT’s Castlebar campus.

    Over 50 stands, including third-level and Post-Leaving Certificate colleges, apprenticeship providers, and employers have been confirmed for the event.

     Last year, in excess of 1500 people attended the one day fair.

    It takes place from 11am to 3pm tomorrow and is free of charge to senior cycle and pre-senior cycle students, their families, teachers, guidance counsellors and lifelong learners.

    Lecturer at GMIT Dr Janine McGinn, will be giving one of the many talks tomorrow and she’s been telling Midwest News today more about what’s on offer for both senior cycle students and adult learners.

  • Irish food retailer Musgrave has today announced it is accepting applications for 17 roles in its' Graduate Programme.

    Successful applicants will get the opportunity to build a career with Musgrave, who operates Irish brands like SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak.

    Established in 1876, the company  supports more than 41,000 jobs, in more than 1,400 stores and offices, with combined total retail sales of €5.2 billion.

    Representatives from Musgrave will visit GMIT’s Careers Fair on September 30th and NUIG’s Graduate Jobs Fair on October 1st to talk to graduates.

    As part of the Programme, participants are set a strategic business challenge and must present their recommendations to the CEO and Executive team.

    The emphasis of the recommendations must align with the company's sustainability strategy ‘Taking Care of our World’.

    To apply for the 2020 progamme visit

  • There are no simple answers in ensuring the feasibility of the Castlebar campus of GMIT, according the acting Head of the Castlebar campus Dr Richard Thorne.

    The survival of the Castlebar campus of GMIT recently appeared to be under threat, when a number of courses were cut, and the college was in considerable debt.

    In response to the concerns, a working group was established under the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny and it has devised an implementation plan which has outlined a number of recommendations to ensure its future.

    Dr Thorne has been appointed in the last number of days to ensure the recommendations of the implementation plan are delivered on, in the absence as yet, of a new Head of Campus.

  • Over 50 students from a number of secondary schools across Co Mayo attended a Climate Action Forum in GMIT Castlebar this week, before holding discussions with local politicians on the subject of climate change.

    The Mayo Student Climate Action Forum came about following talks between local students, who staged a strike recently to highlight their concerns on climate action, with the Climate Action Regional Office based in Castlebar, and members of the Mayo Climate Action Team.

    The event was held in GMIT Castlebar, and provided the students with a platform to speak to local leaders and politicians, and push for their concerns to be addressed.

    Deputy Lisa Chambers, Senators Michelle Mulherin and Rose Conway Walsh and a number of Mayo councillors attended the event, along with council officials and business leaders.



  • Sunday week, November 18th, is a Science Open Day at the GMIT, Castlebar campus. 

    It’s the highlight of Science Week that will run from Sunday to Sunday -Nov 11th to 18th and is organised annually by Mayo county council, and all events are free.

    Westport Fine Gael councillor Tereasa McGuire, a principal herself, is encouraging parents to bring their children to the science open day in GMIT.

    She told Midwest News it’s a great opportunity for children of all ages to be creative and to enjoy and learning through practical experiences.

  • The position of Head of Campus of the GMIT in Castlebar is being advertised again and it is hoped that someone will be appointed to the role by the end of next month. That’s according to the acting Head of Campus Dr Richard Thorne.

    Dr Thorne had held the position when GMIT Castlebar was being set up, he is also the former President of Sligo IT, but has just been appointed on an interim basis to Castlebar, following a failed attempt to secure a new Head of Campus earlier this year.

    The survival of the Castlebar campus of GMIT recently appeared to be under threat, when a number of courses were cut, and the college was in considerable debt.

    In response to the concerns, a working group was established under the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny and it has devised an implementation plan which has outlined a number of recommendations to ensure its future.

    Dr Thorne, has been appointed in the last number of days, to ensure the recommendations of the implementation plan are delivered on, in the absence as yet, of a new Head of Campus.

  • There's a lack of understanding and knowledge about antibiotic use among college students in the West of Ireland.

    That's according to a study carried out this year of over 500 students from across all five GMIT campuses.

    The study shows there's a misuse of antibiotics, with 35% of those surveyed using leftover antobiotics, while some students obtain antibiotics online or abroad.

    The study findings will be published in full next year, as the group who carried it out hope to secure funding to run a nationwide health promotion campaign for third-level students.

    This is the first Irish survey focused on students aged 18 to 25 to measure their knowledge of antibiotics and resistance.

    The GMIT scientists who carried out the survey say public health campaigns should be tailored to reach a targeted audience, using words and language people will understand, as these students are the future parents and educators of the next generation, and need to have the correct message on the proper use of antibiotics.

  • Today at GMIT in Castlebar there’s a booked out conference for parents and educators on the theme “Turning Play Inside out”.

    The popular conference is being hosted by GMIT working with an organisation called “CYPSC”  which stands for Children and Young People’s Services Committee.

    Tomorrow afternoon  from 2pm parents and children under six years of age are all invited to enjoy an outdoor play day in the wooded area located on the GMIT campus.


  • “Don’t hurt the one you love” is the message contained in a Valentine’s card which will be distributed to students at the Mayo campus of GMIT this Wednesday.

    Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Office is leading the campaign, which reminds young drivers to slow down, wear a seatbelt, and to refrain from using their mobile phone when driving.

    Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says many young passengers become victims of road collision while driven by their boyfriends, and he wants this Valentine’s Day campaign to encourage young male drivers to keep their partners safe by driving carefully.

    Liam Deasy, President of the GMIT Mayo Campus Student’s Union, says they will be distributing the Valentine’s cards to students this Wednesday….