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Dion Davis is on her way to Washington for WIP 2018

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Dion Davis is on her way to Washington for WIP 2018

Dion Davis, native to Raheen, Limerick, is currently a Masters of Education student at University College Cork and will be joining a class of 30 student participants representing both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP) this year.

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. 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.



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).Selection for WIP 2018 was highly competitive with three hundred students from across the

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

Dion says:
“The Washington Ireland Program is something I have been interested in since my first year in University and now as a Masters student, I am thrilled to have been chosen for their class of 2018. I am really looking forward to spending the next few months immersed in the programme, getting to know my fellow classmates and discovering the amazing network of alumni.”

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.”


For more stories on programmes happening in Limerick, go here.

For more information on the Washington Ireland Programme, go here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.