By Dionne Meehan
SIXTEEN-year-old Seán Boyle ‘Sailor’ successfully completed his Bord Iascaigh Mhara training recently allowing him to one day work on a boat/ferry.
Séan, who lives on Árainn Mhór Island, is the third brother in his family to undergo the training.
With his interest spouting from his father’s love for fishing, Seán has been described as having “sea blood”.
The TY student of Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada had to undergo three days of training to receive his card.
Having to undertake tasks such as jumping into a pool in his full gear to going on a life raft on his own, despite being a bit nervous Seán excelled in everything that came his way.
Speaking to the Donegal News, Seán’s teacher, Florence Calais said he was a great sport.
“He took the training so seriously. He wants to work on the Ferry and with that training he will be able to.
“The training was to provide him with a life skill which will help him in the long term to get a job and be more independent,” she said.
Organising his work experience in the local Health Centre and Community Centre this year, Florence said next year Séan’s work placement will be on the Árainn Mhór Ferry.
“There are two different ferries working for the Island.
“I will get him experience on both because the more experience he gets the better he will be at it,” she said.
“Beaming” with pride, Florence said she is so proud of her student.
“It was announced on the intercom at school, we are making a big deal of it.
“His work is seen and valued. He is a joy to teach,” she concluded.