A Great Zombie Fun Run

The 4th annual Zombie Run, a 5km run by students from City of Dublin Further Education Colleges, took place on October 21st in Fairview Park in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust.

This year’s Zombie Run was a great success with a large amount of participants taking part on the day.  The Zombie Run is an annual 5km run in Fairview Park held in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust, an NGO set up to help those in difficult situations such as the homeless, drug addicts and the social disadvantaged. The event was open to ETB students, with students from our own Marino College, ColaisteDhulaigh, Liberties College, amongst others.

The day was not exactly cold, but not exactly warm either, perfect for the runners, if a little chilling for the organisers and photographers. Marino College organisers, beauty students and photographers began to turn up around 9:00am to set up the beauty and registration tent and refreshment area.

Before the start of the race proper, a few words were given by Councillor Janice Boylan, on behalf of the Lord Mayor, followed by the Drama and Theatre students from Marino College and ColaisteDhulaigh performing Michael Jacksons Thriller.After all of the entertainment, a warm up routine was given by Fit Studios personal trainers for all the participants. The speeches given and the warm up over the race began.

Runners, donning their zombie garb and make-up, piled to the start line, the whistle blew and then they were off. The more athletic/competitive few sprinted from the line, while the vast majority decided to walk the 5km (with a few cheekier zombies decided to cut across the field, halving the distance). When the race was over the spot prizes were presented to the winners in various categories; Niall Foley of Colaiste Dhulaigh, who finished the race in an impressive 12 minutes 12 seconds, was the fastest male and was given a choice of a €20 Centre gift card or a bottle of Jameson Whiskey, he unsurprisingly chose the whiskey, Fastest Female, Audrey Chambers of Marino College Health Service Skills Class was given a bottle of white wine. Several other spot prizes were given out including “Hairiest Legs” and “Youngest Runners”, the latter winners being the three young children of Marino College staff member Lynn Armstrong, all of whom got very involved in all the day’s events from the warm up routine to the actual running.

After the spot prizes were given, everybody made their way over to Smyths Bar across the road, where some food was provided and FM104 gave out a limited number of vouchers for Liffey Valley.

It was a great day all around and sure to convince others to participate next year.

Laura ODwyer

Fastest male, Niall Foley, coming in with an impressive 12 minute 12 second run time Marino College Principal Blake Hodkinson, Peter McVerry Trust rep Greg Merrin, Mary McMahon, event organiser , Cllr Janice Boylan from the Lord Mayors office, Francis Doherty of PMVTrust, and Leanne Clerkin Marino College staff members Christine Falls, Susan Switzer, Brendan Lambe in the back and Maeve Doherty Start of the race

Student Talks

We have a very busy month ahead in the Student Union.

We have the following talks to offer all our students:

Tomorrow the 2nd of November, Marie Keating foundation is calling to give a talk to our students about cancer at 11.00 – 12.00 in room 503.

Walk in our shoes on mental health take place Wednesday 11th in room 504.

Bodywise are here on the 18th at 12.00 – 13.00 in room 307.

All talks are given by qualified professionals in the area and are very informative.

Please come along – every student is welcome 🙂

A New Start to Education

Welcome to all students at Marino College!

The students union aims to ensure all students have a voice and are part of Marino College

It is time to start thinking and voting for your class reps for 2015-2016…..Each class must vote a minimum of two representatives. Please ensure that you have voted for your class reps by the 25th of September as it is important that you all have a voice in the college. This will take place in class with your course tutor. For a full description of your role as a class rep visit our student rep page. The first meeting of class reps will take place on the 30th of September at 11.00 in the five lamps office located on the ground floor.

Your liaison officer for the students union is Liz Hogan. Liz is the tutor for Childcare but you will see her at the union meetings every month. If you need to make contact with Liz please email to lizhogan@marinocollege.ie


This years is already shaping up to be another exciting and fulfilling year at Marino College
The first event being the annual college Zombie Run which will take place on the 21st Oct 2015 at Fairview Park. This event is a charity five kilometre fancy dress Zombie fun run / walk in aid of the Father Mc Verry Trust for Homeless people. Fancy dress and Make up is optional. The event is open to all students of the City of Dublin Further Education Colleges.

Marino College Beauty Students will be available to do Zombie make up on the entrants. All of the proceeds will go to the Father Mc Verry Trust for Homeless People.

Event date: Wednesday 21st October 2015

Event Time: Registration and Make up application from 11.00am

Race time: 12.30pm

Entry fee for the race: €5.00. T-shirts will be available for the event participants.

Cost of Zombie Make up application (optional/Donation)

Location: The band stand, Fairview Park, Fairview, Dublin 3

For further information please see College Notice Boards

€15 up for Grabs

iReach are conducting Convenience Shopping research and are looking to recruit several participants.

Participants will be compensated €15.00 for 15 minutes.

Dates: Wednesday 4 th March (Afternoon & Evening) or Thursday 5 th March (Afternoon)

Location: Wednesday will be running in Clontarf and Thursday will be running in Leopardstown

Interested students should contact iReach. The contact is Sorcha Quinlivan (Marketing and Research Analyst). Please email her on Sorcha.quinlivan @ireach.ie

Best of Luck

Lollipop Day

The dental department are heading out to volunteer with Oesophageal Cancer Fund (Lollipop Day) on the 27th Feb 2015
Would any students from the college be interested in going?
Please see a picture of the students from last year – a great day for all involved and would be great to get more students involved.
If you are looking for more information and interested in going, please contact Leanne on leanneclerkin@marinocollege.ie
Hope to hear from you soon


Powering Kindness Campaign

The SU of Marino College are taking part in the Powering Kindness Campaign for the Marie Keating Foundation- we think it’s a great initiative for students as it is not asking for time or money and so it’s an ideal way to encourage them to support a charity. It’s also encouraging students to be kind to one another, and that’s always a good thing in the long month of January!

Its very easy to get involved- teachers and/or students simply need to do something kind for one another or celebrate when someone does something kind for them. An act of kindness can be anything, big or small. Some acts of kindness in a school might be:

  • Holding the door open for a fellow student
  • Picking up a pen or a book that someone has dropped
  • Helping to put all the chairs on the tables at the end of the day

During Powering Kindness Week, students/teachers can then go to www.PoweringKindness.ie or go on social media using #PoweringKindness and tag @mariekeating (please note that on social media, the hashtag and tag must be used in order to be registered as a ‘vote’).

The Marie Keating Foundation is on facebook and twitter and will keep an eye out for any activity and try to like and retweet as much acts of kindness as they can to show the students how much they appreciate their efforts.

Men’s and Women’s Futsal event – Feb 4th

The Men’s will be held in Inchicore College Sports hall.
The Women’s will be held in Pearse College Sports hall.
Any team entering will have to register on the day at 9.45am.
Entry forms must be in before Friday Jan 30th in order to make up the schedule for the day.
Just to let you know – The Men’s fills up fast.
It is in it’s 3rd Year now and the college hopes to attract more teams especially in the Women’s section.
Thanks, please do not hesitate to contact me for an entry form.
A fun event all round 🙂