WATCH: Dundalk student captures the hearts of train station staff
Dundalk transition year student Ajibola Oyede recently joined staff at Clarke Station in Dundalk to witness the day-to-day operations during a placement programme.
Ajibola is a student at O Fiaich College in the town and has had a deep love of railways from an early age.
Ajibola is originally from Nigeria, but moved to Ireland with his mother aged just two-years-old.
His first memory of his love of trains came aged five when he noticed the signs for Dundalk station and when he mother took him on a train journey to Longford.
During his placement at the station Ajibola undertook a number of duties including ticket sales and customer service announcements.
We’ve welcomed many Transition Year students to join us over recent weeks, but Ajibola from #OFIDundalk stole our hearts! Here’s more about his story. Thanks to all our TY students @OFIDundalk pic.twitter.com/i2gQDaATYd— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) May 15, 2019
Apart from his love of trains, Ajibola has a keen interest in the Irish language too.
Living with Autism presents certain challenges for Ajibola, but Ajibola is driven to achieve his goals and his dreams, with plans to apply for a tourism and travel course after school and ultimately take up a career working in railway.