Abbott staff recognised for contribution to local schools

Abbott Vascular Clonmel recognised the contribution of eight employees who mentored students from Presentation Primary, St. Mary’s CBS, Loreto Secondary, CBS High School, Gaelscoil Chluain Meala and Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School, under the Junior Achievement (JA) programme, on Thursday last.

Abbott Vascular Clonmel recognised the contribution of eight employees who mentored students from Presentation Primary, St. Mary’s CBS, Loreto Secondary, CBS High School, Gaelscoil Chluain Meala and Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School, under the Junior Achievement (JA) programme, on Thursday last.

The Junior Achievement programme is an initiative where volunteers from local businesses partner with schools to encourage students to remain in education, to develop a culture of enterprise and to help prepare students for the working world.

As part of this initiative Abbott Vascular employees Rosemary Buggy, Anne Major, Lisa Byrnes, Tom O’Riordan, Aonghus MacDomhnaill, Catherina Harrington, Alan Martin and Keith Brown volunteered and delivered JA programmes to over 240 students from Clonmel.

In presenting certificates to the volunteers from Abbott Alan Meehan, Director of Human Resources, said “Involvement in the community has always been one of our key priorities. The JA programme is a great initiative, and one we are proud to be associated with.”

Abbott Vascular Clonmel has supported JA for the past five years. Junior Achievement programme’s compliment the national curriculum and features specific learning objectives, while giving the school children an insight into potential opportunities after school.

Mr Meehan also said “I wish to acknowledge the time and effort that Rose, Anne, Lisa, Tom, Aonghus, Catherina, Alan and Keith have put into this programme, and for helping to promote science and engineering among local students”.

Abbott is one of Ireland’s leading healthcare company employers, employing almost 4,000 people. Abbott Ireland manufactures and markets a broad range of healthcare products including medical devices and pharmaceutical, diagnostic and nutritional products. Abbott has eight manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Cork, Donegal, Longford and Sligo. It has commercial operations in Dublin and shared services in Dublin and Westport. The company has been operating in Ireland since 1946.