CIT Graduate to appear on RTE’s "Norah’s Traveller Academy"

22 January, 2015

CIT Graduate to appear on RTE’s Norah’s Traveller Academy (and also this week’s Saturday Night Show)

21 January 2015


CIT graduate Leanne McDonagh will appear in the coming weeks in RTE’s Norah’s Traveller Academy. (Shown on Thursday nights at 9pm). The TV programme shows business woman Norah Casey coming to the assistance of four young women from the Traveller Community who wish to set up their own businesses. Norah's Traveller Academy dips into the lives of these young ambitious traveller women and highlights their journey to creating sustainable businesses in a country where they still experience prejudice and exclusion.

Leanne McDonagh, from Fermoy, is one of four entrepreneurial women shown on the programme. Leanne has already achieved much personal success. Leanne progressed from secondary school in Fermoy into CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in 2007. She exceled in her programme of study and graduated with an honours degree in 2011. She was one of very few traveller students in the country to graduate with an Honours degree in Ireland in 2011. Following her degree she continued with her studies in CIT to obtain an honours Higher Diploma in Arts in Art Design Education, enabling her to teach at second level.

Since completing her studies, Leanne has been involved in many school art programmes throughout the city. Most recently the CIT Access Service, (which is committed to widening participation, increasing access and supporting positive education outcomes for under-represented groups,) engaged Leanne to deliver art workshops entitled ‘My Education, My Future’ in Access Linked Second level schools.

Leanne is an inspirational young woman and a wonderful role-model for young people. She has broken the mold in relation to access to higher education for members of the traveller community. A national target is soon to be set to increase participation in higher education by people from the Irish Traveller community. This is the first time that such a target has been established. The Higher Education Authority survey data indicates that, on average, just 23 of young travellers enter full-time, higher education each year. In addition a smaller number of Travellers enter as mature students.

We wish Leanne every success in her future career.

-Deirdre Creedon, CIT Access Service

Access Service, Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown, Cork
Tel: 021-4335140




CIT Art Collection includes a work by Leanne McDonagh. It is curently hanging in the Access Service office, Ground Floor, Student Centre, CIT Bishopstown Campus.

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