Angelina Nugent, Gerry Hussey and Brian Mooney confirmed as speakers for Mayo Careers Fair 2019

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Broadcaster Angelina Nugent, internationally acclaimed sports performance psychologist and coach Gerry Hussey, and guidance counsellor and educational expert Brian Mooney have been confirmed as speakers for a major school-leavers event in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, next month.

The trio will deliver talks at the Mayo Careers Fair 2019 in GMIT, Castlebar, on Saturday, January 12 (11am to 3pm).

Senior cycle and pre-senior cycle students, their families, and lifelong learners, are invited to attend the event, which will feature over 40 stands from third-level and Post-Leaving Certificate colleges, apprenticeship providers, employers and career service providers.

Admission to the event is free of charge. It is being organised in an innovative joint venture between the South Mayo GAA Board; the Mayo Local Community Development Committee Education & Train Work Group; and the Mayo, Sligo Leitrim Education & Training Board.

An educational analyst with a weekly column in the Irish Times, Brian Mooney will deliver a comprehensive presentation with the most relevant and strategic information required to research and prepare career pathways.  Angelina Nugent is Sports Editor with Midwest Radio and also works as part of the news team at the station.

Gerry Hussey works with teams and individuals in the worlds of sport, business, education and personal wellness. He has coached many of Ireland’s leading amateur boxers and is widely recognised as one of the key figures behind the country’s Olympic successes in the sport.

“This event builds on the success of previous events held separately in the McWilliam Park hotel, Claremorris, and Davitt College, Castlebar,” said John Farragher, chairman, South Mayo GAA board.  

The event is supported by Mayo County Council; Mayo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC);; GMIT; Mayo Local Enterprise Office (LEO); Mayo Local Employment Service (LES); Health Service Executive (HSE); Údarás na Gaeltachta; Probation Service; South Mayo GAA Board; the Mayo GAA Coaching Committee; St Jarlath’s Credit Union (Tuam); St Colman’s Credit Union, with offices in Claremorris and Ballinrobe; First Choice Credit Union; the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP); South West Mayo Development Company; the Mayo North East LEADER Partnership; and Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB).

The colleges and other bodies attending will be updated here on an ongoing basis on, and Other details about the event are also available on those pages. A dedicated Facebook page has been created:

“This is an invaluable event for senior cycle students and their families, and, indeed, for lifelong learners, as there will be so many interesting and useful stands and talks on the day,” said Cora Gilligan, Mayo County Council.

“Apart from Angelina, Gerry and Brian, we have a broad range of speakers who will talk about budgeting for college, grant aid and funding, overseas study options, apprenticeships, mental health care, alternative routes to college and scholarships and bursaries. We will publicise the full running order before the day”.

Education institutions and private sector bodies can exhibit at the event free of charge, and can do so by obtaining a booking form from Noreen Conway, Coordinator, on

The organising committee comprises Cora Gilligan, Pat Howley, Michael Gill, Pat McHale, Orla Dennehy, Donal Hoban, Pamela Ní Thaidhg, Maria McHale, Breege Kelly, John Farragher, Kieran Kilkenny, Colm Govin, Liam Horan, Padraic Carolan, TJ Kelly, Michael King, Goran Dunaj, Tim Rogers, Denis O’Boyle and Noreen Conway.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative. For further information, please visit the Pobal Website The support of the South West Mayo Development Company Ltd is also acknowledged.


Photo caption:

Pictured at the launch of the Mayo Careers Fair, which takes place in GMIT, Castlebar, on Friday, January 12, 2019, are the organising committee.

(L to r): Goran Dunaj, Sli Nua Careers; Donal Hoban, HSE; Michael Gill, GMIT; Pat McHale, Mayo Co. Co.; Padraic Carolan, South Mayo GAA; Liam Horan, South Mayo GAA; Pat Howley, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education & Training Board; Maria McHale, South West Mayo Development Company (SICAP); Cora Gilligan, Mayo Co. Co.; John Farragher, South Mayo GAA; Michael King, South Mayo GAA; TJ Kelly, South Mayo GAA; Pamela Ní Thaidhg, Údarás na Gaeltachta; and Kieran Kilkenny, South Mayo GAA. The event is open to second-level students, their families and lifelong learners, and is being sponsored by the above bodies and St Colman’s Credit Union (Ballinrobe and Claremorris) and St Jarlath’s Credit Union (Tuam).  Pic Keith Heneghan.