Washington beckons for Dromintee student

June 2, 2014

As America prepares for crucial mid-term elections, Dromintee man Seán Fearon, a second year student at Queen’s University Belfast, will join a class of 30 student participants representing Northern Ireland and Ireland in Washington, DC, this summer as part of the Washington-Ireland Program (WIP).

WIP is a cross-community and cross border organisation that identifies promising young people with a commitment to service and a track record of leadership. The programme aims to builds their skills through work experience, educational opportunity and hands-on citizenship both at home and in the US.

In a year of notable global events, the Washington Ireland Program also has cause to celebrate as 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the programme and WIP will be holding a series of events on both sides of the Atlantic to celebrate this milestone.

The application process for the WIP Class of 2014 was highly competitive with over four hundred students from Ireland and the UK competing for the opportunity to take part in the programme. After the completion of the Washington semester, the graduates will go on to become part of the active WIP alumni network who are working to make a positive difference in their communities.

Speaking to The Examiner about the exciting opportunity, former Abbey Grammar School pupil, Seán said,

“I will be working with Labourer’s International Union of North America this summer, the seventh largest American trade union with over 600,000 members. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to learn from and grow with so many inspirational young people from across the country, each from a unique background with singular experiences and beliefs. The Washington Ireland Program represents the nature of the shared future we must build in Ireland – social understanding, community service and political cohesiveness and cooperation.”

Hillary Clinton is one of a number of influential supporters of the Washington Ireland Program and its students:

“Many of WIP’s alumni are now emerging as a new generation of leaders committed to peace, stability and prosperity in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.”

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

For further information please contact Bryan Patten, WIP Executive Director, at or 00353 86 026 1530