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VTOS Celebrates 21st Birthday
23/10/2009 00:00:00

On Friday, October 16th Limerick VTOS celebrated its 21st birthday with a festival of events held at the Adult Education College in Sexton Street.

It was a great day and wonderful to see students, staff and friends working together to make this a unique and truly enjoyable occasion. 
A number of different events took place, commencing with a clothes and bric-a-brac market run by VTOS entrepreneur, Mary Parkes.   Indeed, the special talents of a number of VTOS staff were employed throughout the day including the psychic powers of Fortune Teller ‘Madame Rosa’ (aka Chris Chasaide) who proved to be a great attraction for those anxious to know what their future had in store. There were plenty other events to catch people’s interest - a coffee morning, cake sale, nail bar, wheel-of-fortune, and a wonderful live music session showcasing the musical talents of the VTOS students accompanied by Eoin O’Súilleabháin on guitar. 
Quiz master Frank Noonan baffled the entire table-quiz audience when he put forward questions that only he himself (and Paul Carey) could answer – hearty congratulations to Paul and his team from the MTI for winning first prize in that event. Alas that wasn’t the only prize that went to the MTI.  In the friendly Challenge Match, the VTOS soccer team gallantly allowed the Youthreach visitors an easy win (or so we’d like to think!). 
The evening culminated in the VTOS Awards Ceremony which took place next door in the Garda Club. Certificates were presented to each of the 2008-2009 students by Mary Hamilton, Adult Education Officer, and Donal Griffin from FETAC. It was an occasion of great pride as the VTOS students collected their certificates, Levels 2 to 5, in the areas of Communications, Mathematics, Computing, Business, Care Skills, Art and Crafts as well as ECDL. Junior and Leaving Certificate students received a very smart CLVEC Certificate of Participation. 
The Awards ceremony passed off really smoothly thanks to the efficient teamwork of all the VTOS staff, who were involved with: the organisation of the hall; on the door; selling tickets; sorting the certificates; taking the photographs as well as preparing and serving the food and refreshments. The evening finished perfectly with a lively get-together and disco.   When it was all over, Co-ordinator Carmel Sheridan thanked everyone who had helped to make the day such a tremendous success. We all agreed that the VTOS 21st birthday celebrations were hard work - but certainly well worth the effort.

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