Finalists: Digital Hero

Mary Fleming – Crumlin

Mary has worked tirelessly over the last eighteen months in a volunteer capacity to transform Crumlin’s digital strategy and communications. Her design and management of social media channels, video, print and websites is at a very high level and is coupled with a beautiful style which is fun and colourful. Mary has a particular skill is in presenting information to the residents of Crumlin and Kimmage in a clear and concise manner. She also assists other volunteers to improve their skills and has created templates for some of the work that she has undertaken recently creating beautiful animations, content on the group’s  work and the various  environmental campaigns and initiatives that they run.

Mary has provided the Crumlin Team with a clear digital vision and that vision has helped communicate effectively to local residents.

Eoin Costello – Dún Laoghaire

The work of Eoin, and everyone at DigitalHQ, exemplifies the great potential of digital when combined with a can-do attitude, real world skills, drive and enthusiasm in tackling the challenges faced by town centres and the small businesses that keep them vibrant and positive places to work, live and visit.

Eoin is passionate about the benefits that digitalisation can bring to all stakeholders in towns and works tirelessly to communicate these benefits in an accessible, action orientated way that motivates others to take action on the digital agenda both within Dún Laoghaire and beyond. He leads by example and is out in all weathers taking photos of local small business owners and encouraging them to go online. Equally at the strategic level there is no one better than him at seeing the future benefits of digitalisation.

Maeve McGrath – Limerick

Maeve works with youth and community organisations to bring digital learning to the forefront in the Midwest. Working with Techspace/Kinia, Maeve works with young people in audio recordings, smartphone film making and is the project manager for Creative Communities Midwest. Through this network, Maeve connected artists and arts organisations during the pandemic and continues to use these digital resources through online webinars, online conferences and creating content for projects that will live online. Maeve is passionate about teaching people of all ages the benefits of digital engagement.

Brian Mulligan – Sligo

With the evolution of the internet twenty years ago, Brian recognised the opportunity for online learning for students for whom physically attending IT Sligo’s campus was not possible. For part-time students who work, online study outside of working hours enabled them to meet personal/family commitments while achieving their career goal of furthering their education. Brian’s understanding that online learning was first and foremost about people rather than technology has been the very core of their success.

Without Brian’s inspiring vision coupled with the hard work by Brian and colleagues in the Centre for Online Learning and across the Institute, IT Sligo would not be the force in online learning that we are today. Through his leadership, IT Sligo has become the most prominent provider in online higher education, with more online than on-campus students. With courses to support upskilling or a new career direction, these industry-focused courses meet the needs of both local and national employers. The courses use Brian’s original learning model of live delivery with recorded sessions to allow students to meet their lectures and clarify their learning. This learning model is flexible and personable, ensuring student engagement and success.