#CAW17 kicked off this morning with a fantastic launch at DFEi Dún Laoghaire. Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, stressed the importance of recognising all talents, creative, practical and innate, in further and higher education. Our inspiring student speakers were Evan Massey from Scoil Cholmcille Senior Primary School, Ballybrack, who told us that his mother had said his talent for Lego showed he had the potential to be an architect; Lauren Kane and Charlie Lawlor from Cabinteely Community School who spoke of their determination to study hard to fulfil their dreams of working in animation and science; and Catherine Costello from Trinity College, who came through FET to third level and said she was an example of the idea that anyone could go to college. Grainne Quinn, EVP and Chief Medical Officer of Perrigo said her company, CAW’s main sponsor and the leading producer of across-the-counter medicines in the world, was proud to be based in Ireland and to foster Irish talent and education through the College Awareness campaign. She said that waking with a sniffle this morning had made her hope that some of the students present might be inspired by CAW to study science or medicine and find a cure for the common cold! Even if they don’t – we all agreed that education further and higher education is nothing to sneeze at! Cecilia Munro, Principal of DFEi invited everyone to take a tour of the DFEi workshops – the dog-grooming was particularly popular with the Scoil Cholmcille pupils who definitely took the lead for best behaviour in show today – well done to everyone! Take a look at the launch photos in our Gallery.