Success – Sallynoggin College style!

With the introduction of PE as a Leaving Certificate subject, this is a perfect time to check out some of the many success stories from Sallynoggin College of Further Education former famous Fitness and Personal Training students.

Recently, the dedicated staff team brought home again the DDLETB (Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, of which SCFE is a constituent college) Student Society Five- A-Side Football Trophy. The staff were thrilled to be joined by former SCFE students Aine O’Gorman and Stephen Foley, who helped lead them to victory. 

Aine has had a fantastic international football career and has made a profound impact on the growth of sports in this country, having played for 12 years at senior International level, with 100 Caps and 13 goals for Ireland. 

Stephen is a former Aston Villa footballer and is currently doing his teaching practice back where he started, in SCFE as part of his Degree in Education and Training (DCU). Both of these super athletes are also successful personal trainers.

And they are not alone! The Fitness, Sports and Personal Training department have seen its former and current students achieve huge success in their field of study. These include Ali Meeke who is currently a member of the Women’s Irish Hockey team, and who represented Ireland in the final of the World Cup in 2018; Stephanie Roche who plays for Ireland’s Women’s National Football team, as well as the Italian Club CF Florentia; Damian Darker, Irish Kick Boxing Champion and part-owner of The Lab, Performance and Nutrition, and Rebecca Nagle, Irish Basketball player who this year will marry Damian – and yes, you’ve guessed it – they met at SCFE!

Others include Jonathon Wright Harris, Strength and Conditioning Coach for Bristol RFC; Nicky Byrne, a footballer who has now also opened his own business, The Hub in Sallynoggin; and current students Ken Doyle and Sean Mari, currently fighting in the Amateur Boxing Senior Elite Championships.


As you can see, our record speaks for itself. SCFE is a thriving community of teaching and learning with highly qualified, experienced and passionately dedicated staff, ready and willing to help students succeed, whatever their ambition. 

Our success is by no means limited to the Fitness and Personal Training area. Former students have achieved international recognition in other areas, most notably Alison Conneely, Designer, Stylist and Art Director who recently designed for the Oscars! 

The Success Stories at SCFE just keep coming.

Art, Design and Photography 

‘After attending Sallynoggin’s Level 5 & Level 6 Art courses, I can say with 100% certainty that SCFE is a college worth attending. The approachable members of staff will help hone your skills and guide you onto the path that’s right for you. 

You will also be surrounded by friendly classmates of different backgrounds and skill levels making the school year both creatively and personally beneficial. After completing the course, I was accepted into the Illustration course that I put as my first choice on the CAO.’

Finn Moreau  

Fitness, Exercise and Wellbeing Department 

‘The course was challenging at times as the standards set for both Sports Massage and Personal Training are very high. However, I found this to be a positive as it helped prepare me for both working in the industry and furthering my education in studying for an honours degree in Strength and Conditioning in St Marys University, UK.’ 

Jonathan Harris Wright

Hairdressing & Beauty Therapies 

‘Since graduating I have completed my apprenticeship with Peter Mark. I am currently teaching at SCFE and running my own business as a stylist. My most recent achievement is Winner of the 2016 Image Magazine Business & Beauty Award (Young Talent in Hair Category), with which I am absolutely delighted. I was also awarded Group Winner of the Peter Mark Colour Trophy 2013.’

Linda Thornton 

Tourism Department 

 ‘If it wasn’t for some of the skills that I learned at Sallynoggin College I don’t think I could have got the jobs that I did. I have seen so many countries around the world through my work. Overall I would say if it wasn’t for doing the Travel and Tourism Course in Sallynoggin I wouldn’t be where I am today.’

Thoma McEvatt, Former Hotel Manager, now Tour Operator  

Early Childhood Care and Education 

‘Upskilling to a QQI Level 6 Childcare qualification in Sallynoggin College has enabled me to ensure I am right up to date with the delivery of Aistear, the National Curriculum Framework, and Síolta, the National Quality Framework, and all other legislation needed to provide a quality childcare service.’ 

Averil Ryan. Owner/Manager Tiny Tots Childcare Service

Transition Year Students

We also welcome Transition Year students who are interested in completing their work experience under the expert supervision of our highly trained staff in our departments, Fitness and Personal Training being a very popular choice for students. This is a unique opportunity to experience professional level training, along with the exciting buzz of student life in Sallynoggin College!

Great Choice of Courses!

Sallynoggin College has a truly diverse range of courses on offer, all of which are independent of the CAO points system.  Choose what’s right for you and the staff of Sallynoggin College will be there to help and support you on every step of your journey. 

Our mission is to help you to become the best you can be. The students who make up the thriving community of Sallynoggin College come from a wide variety of backgrounds and walks of life, and cover a huge spectrum of interests. We’re proud to say that we cater for everyone who makes the smart move and joins us.

All courses, either of one or two-year duration and run from September to May, are quality assured and certified by national and international awarding bodies, including QQI at level 5 and Level 6, International Therapy Exercise Council (ITEC), and other relevant awards. All are recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications. Students of all SCFE courses may progress to Higher Education Institutes and Universities.

New courses at Sallynoggin College! 

True to our aim of keeping ahead of the curve, Sallynoggin College has introduced more New Courses you might like to check out. 

• Pre-university, Primary and Post Primary Teacher Training (with Leaving Certificate Honours Irish) QQI Level 5

• Early Childhood Care and Education with Montessori QQI Level 5

• Inclusive Education and Training with Disability Studies and Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 6

• Pilates Teaching including Somatic Studies QQI Level 6, ITEC, REPS Ireland

• Yoga Teaching including Wellbeing and Holistic Studies QQI Level 5, ITEC, REPS Ireland

Check out for more information.

Other new courses include the introduction of Musical Theatre to the Dance course, which will enable students to acquire a broader range of skills in Dance, Performance and Musical Theatre. This course complements our existing Performing Arts training. 

The enhanced range of performing arts skills is vital in this increasingly competitive field to ensure that our students can compete with the all-singing, all-dancing all-acting ‘triple threat’ performer!

So go on – get into your stride for 2019 with these exciting new courses at Sallynoggin College of Further Education.

SCFE Showcases & Exhibitions – Upcoming Events

Our Fashion, Performing Arts, Floristry and Art and Photography students will all showcase their work in upcoming shows. This is an ideal opportunity for you to come along and see for yourself the amazing standard of work produced here at Sallynoggin College. We’d love to meet you there!

Wed 3rd April 7pm: We Are Fashion at SCFE – Free Event.  A donation can be made to Mounttown Neighbourhood Youth & Family Project (MNYFP)

Thurs 4th April 8pm: Performing Arts – A Double Bill,  Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire. e10 Concession e8

Wed 10th April 7pm: Floral Designs for Weddings at SCFE – Free Event

Tues 7th May 7pm: Art and Photography Exhibition. Lexicon Dun Laoghaire – Free Event. Exhibition runs until Sunday 12th May

No CAO points are required for entry to Sallynoggin College, and students can use QQI Level 5 & Level 6 as stepping stones to apply for CAO places. This also allows Applied Leaving Certificate students to access Degree level further study. Recognised for SUSI Grants. 

Check us out at for a full list of courses. Contact us:

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Sallynoggin College of Further Education is conveniently located within walking distance of Dun Laoghaire, and is well served by public transport. 

Students can also avail of our free, secure parking. 

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