Sean’s One Of 30 Selected In Ireland For US Programme

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Sean Dowling.

A BLENNERVILLE man has been selected to participate in the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP) this year.

Former Mercy Mounthawk pupil, Sean Dowling, will head to the USA with 29 other students from Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“It’s a real honour and privilege to be selected for such a fantastic programme,” said the UCC 3rd year student studying Financial Maths and Actuarial Science.

“I am really looking forward to working with great people over the next year and hopefully we can make a meaningful impact on communities both at home and abroad.”

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Each year, WIP selects 30 talented students to join its network of leaders and influencers by completing a 12-month program of service and leadership development, which includes a summer in Washington DC or New York City.

Selection for WIP 2018 was highly competitive with 300 students from across the island of Ireland competing for the opportunity to be on the class, and ultimately to become part of an active WIP alum network seeking to make a difference in their communities.

WIP inspires and develops promising leaders through an exceptional program committed to building a future of peace and prosperity for Northern Ireland and Ireland.

For over two decades WIP has brought together young leaders from a wide range of communities and backgrounds for an outstanding leadership and skills-development program.

The Washington Ireland Program has cause to celebrate in 2018 with notable alums serving as Taoiseach (Leo Varadkar, WIP Class of 2000), Lord Mayor of Belfast (Nuala McAllister, WIP Class of 2010), and in Westminster (Emma Little-Pengelly, WIP Class of 2002).

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently launched WIP’s New York Program by speaking about his experience on WIP at the Irish Consulate in New York City:

“It helped me develop my view of the wider world…and without it perhaps I wouldn’t be standing here today.”

If you would like to follow the progress of Sean and others this summer you can follow their blogs and view photos at

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