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Jake O’Regan of St Declan’s College, Co. Dublin, Grace Quirke of Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, Kirsten Obanor of Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Caitlin McCormack of St Catherine’s College, Co. Armagh and Al-Mahi Tanzeem of St.Geralds College DLS, Co. Mayo ,winners of an All Ireland Scholarship with Guest of Honour, Michael Dowling, CEO, Northwell Health and sponsor, JP McManus at the 2024 All Ireland Scholarship awards ceremony in University of Limerick, Saturday 30th March. Pic. Brian Arthur

Outstanding students from across Ireland were honoured at the 2024 All Ireland Scholarship awards ceremony at University of Limerick on Saturday, March 30

Outstanding students from across Ireland were honoured at the 2024 All Ireland Scholarship awards ceremony at University of Limerick on Saturday, March 30
Caitlin McCormack of St Catherine’s College, Co. Armagh, winner of an All Ireland Scholarship with Guest of Honour, Michael Dowling, CEO, Northwell Health at awards ceremony in University of Limerick, Saturday 30th March. Pic. Brian Arthur

Students from all 32 counties on the island were recognised for their academic achievements for their efforts in their 2023 Leaving Cert exams.

Among the honoured attendees was Coláiste Íde agus Iosef Abbeyfeale student, Grace Quirke with other Limerick students and students from across the country including Jake O’Regan of St Declan’s College, Co Dublin; Kirsten Obanor of Loreto Secondary School, Co. Donegal; Caitlin McCormack of St Catherine’s College, Co. Armagh, and Al-Mahi Tanzeem of St.Geralds College DLS, Co. Mayo.

Special guest speaker at the event was Michael Dowling, CEO of Northwell Health, and was it was attended by sponsor, JP McManus.


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Guests celebrated the academic achievements of the exceptional students as their well-deserved awards were presented by Minister of State at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Niall Collins TD, and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald from the University of Limerick.

In a post on X/Twitter, Pádraig Flanagan, Principal of Castletroy College said, “I’m privileged to be in University of Limerick this morning with former Castletroy College students Devon, Holly and Kelly as they receive their prestigious awards.”

The value of the scholarships are 6,750 Euro per annum in Ireland and 5,500 pounds per annum in Northern Ireland and will continue for the duration of the undergraduate programmes chosen by the scholarship winners.

In addition to recognising academic excellence, the All Ireland Scholarship program held its fourth Creative Writing Competition, open to all members of our Alumni Association.

The winners of the 2024 AIS Roger Downer Creative Writing Award were announced, with Surnaí Molloy securing the first and third place positions for their pieces “Rites of Passage” and “Mouse,” respectively.

Chess Law claimed the second spot with “On The Platfrom”, and the shortlist included works such as “Knock Knock” by Lorraine McEvoy and “The Best-Laid Schemes” by Eoin Corcoran.

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