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George Byrnes lives in County Limerick, Ireland. This is his first book. His passions are gardening and Salmon fishing.
George is a time served Carpenter & Joiner; this was essential to enable him to apply to the Department of Education for a place on the Woodwork Teacher Course (2 year, full-time, residential). Together with his 20 colleagues he qualified in ’66 and taught at this level for two years. In ’68, third level education in Ireland, outside of the Universities, was just beginning to kick off. He jumped at the opportunity and joined the very small team at the School of Building in Limerick, which was one of the constituent Schools which later collectively morphed into Limerick Institute of Technology. Initially he worked with the apprentice Carpenters and when the Construction Studies Courses began he was transferred/invited/directed to be an integral part of this new wave in education in Ireland. From then until he retired from LIT in ’06 he was directed to present the essential subject matter required in the construction of buildings ie Construction Technology/Building Regulations/Other (in Teacher Training College he became aware of the Building Regulations/England & Wales 1965, so he already had a head start).
Through the ‘80s and into the ‘90s he was asked by the College Director to deliver seminars for professionals in
the Region in preparation for the introduction of the Irish National Building Regulations in ‘92.
He was chosen to be part of the national team which delivered Building Regulations seminars to Local Authority Councils in Limerick, Cork and Dublin.
He contributed to annual seminars organised by the CIF (Construction Industry Federation) for Construction Foremen; he dealt with the Building Regulations Module.
For a number of years he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Limerick. His main work at UL was with the undergraduates on the Woodwork Teacher program (Technical Drawing/Plane and Solid Geometry).