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VIDEO – All Ireland Scholarships 2015 with AP McCoy

Pictured are All Ireland Scholarships 2015 recipients, Aine Collier, Gorey Co. Wexford, Anna Kern, Limerick City, Eoin Corcoran, Co. Longford and Owen McKeown, Belfast Co. Antrim with Champion Jockey AP McCoy and JP McManus. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.

Champion Jockey AP McCoy commended winners of the All Ireland Scholarships 2015 at an awards ceremony on Saturday, November 21, at the University of Limerick.  Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD and the Minister for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland, Dr Stephen Farry presented the students from the North and South with a third-level scholarship award. 

Sponsored by JP McManus, the All Ireland Scholarships 2015 is an educational scheme set to provide financial assistance to many high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate/A Level examinations in 2015. Among the winning students was 19 year old Limerick asylum seeker, Anna Kerns who is studying in Physiotherapy at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Congratulating this year’s recipients, Special Guest at the All Ireland Scholarships 2015 awards, AP McCoy said; “It’s a great honour to be here today with all these students who have worked so hard in making their dreams come true. Each and every one of you should be incredibly proud of your achievements and are proof that if you are willing to be dedicated to something and apply yourself, great things can happen. I wish you all continued success in your lives.” 

Welcoming guests at the All Ireland Scholarships 2015 awards ceremony, JP McManus said; “It is wonderful to be joined by so many parents, principals, friends and other invited guests from all over Ireland as we celebrate the success of these young men and women, who today are being recognised for their outstanding academic achievements.”

He added: “To our special guest and great friend AP McCoy, we are honoured to have you present at the awards event. In you illustrious career you have shown the value of hard work, determination and bravery matched by undoubted ability. Your qualities certainly stand out as an example to others of how to succeed in life and also how to carry one’s success lightly.”

The scholarships have been set at €6,750 per annum in Ireland and stg£5,500 in Northern Ireland and will continue for the duration of the undergraduate programme chosen by the scholarship winners.

JP McManus has contributed a total of €32 million in support of third-level educational initiatives in recognition of the 32 counties of Ireland. The All Ireland Scholarship Trust has received €30 million to fund the provision of these bursaries each year and it is estimated that over 1,200 students throughout the country will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The remaining €2 million has been contributed to the Paddy Harrington Golf Scholarships at NUI Maynooth. The scholarships scheme is administered by the Department of Education & Skills, the Department for Employment & Learning with support from the Department of Education, Northern Ireland.

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