Galway student earns place at prestigious design summer school

City student Dargah Keady, who has been chosen to participate in prestigious UK Woodworking Linley Summer School, with two of the first year project works that helped him qualify for this prestigious bursary – the ‘Rook Grandmaster’ Chessboard is was made of MDF, Maple, Cherry, Ash and Walnut Veneerwith a Walnut lipping, and the Jewellery Box titled ‘An Bád Mór Bosca Seodra’.

A talented Galway wood designer has earned a place at a prestigious woodworking summer school run by a member of the British royal family.

City student Daragh Keady is the first ever student from the National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design & Technology at GMIT Letterfrack to be selected to participate in the David Linley Summer school.

Daragh who has recently completed his first year on the BA (Hons) in Education (Design Graphics and Construction) course at GMIT Letterfrack,  is one of just eight students from across the UK and Ireland selected to take part in the second ever Linley Summer School.

“I hope this will help me gain a new insight into the use of modern technologies to further the traditional art of woodworking that I can pass on to my future students,” said a delighted Daragh.

The opportunity will enable students to learn a range of cabinet making and marquetry skills from master craftsmen, and the week-long course will be taught by Jonathan Rose, marquetry expert and fine furniture maker for Linley since 1997, and William Warren, an award-winning designer and draftsman, and senior lecturer in furniture design at The CASS.

The Summer School, which is being held at Messum’s, Wiltshire, will also host a programme of guest lecturers and craftsmen including Gareth Neal, Bill Amberg, and Matthew Hilton.

Daragh, 21, spent five years at Colaiste Iognaid in Galway and moved to Yeats College to further his love of woodwork, has been awarded a full bursary to attend the course from August 12 to 19.

Daragh will be placed in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir in Claregalway, as part of his second year teacher training programme from September.

Founded in 1985 by David Linley, nephew of Queen Elizabeth, Linley has a world-renowned reputation for fusing innovative design with superlative cabinet-making.

Design, craftsmanship and innovation are central to the company’s ethos and are celebrated and encouraged in the studio and workshops, resulting in pieces that push boundaries.