All Ireland Scholarships 2018 award 125 students across the island of Ireland

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All Ireland Scholarships 2018 awards ceremony has taken place at the University of Limerick, with 125 students from across the island of Ireland awarded full academic financial support for the duration of their third level studies. Pictured at the event at the University of Limerick were, All Ireland Scholarship recipients, Charbel Nebo, Athy, Co. Kildare, Megan Hamill, Portadown, Co. Armagh Joseph Foley, Limerick and Raicheal Walsh, Claregalway, Co. Galway with Limerick Hurling Manager John Kiely.  Picture: Alan Place

All Ireland Scholarships 2018 award 125 students across the island of Ireland

The 2018 All Ireland Scholarships awards ceremony has taken place at University of Limerick, with 125 students from across the island of Ireland awarded full academic financial support for the duration of their third level studies by the sponsor, JP McManus. 

The winners of the All Ireland Scholarships 2018 were commended for their achievements by the guest of honour, Limerick Senior Hurling Manager John Kiely, who this year led his county to their first All Ireland success in 45 years. Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Permanent Secretary at the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland, Noel Lavery presented the scholarship certificates to the students. 

Established in 2008, the scholarships are valued at €6,750 per annum in the Republic of Ireland and £5,500 in Northern Ireland and continue for the duration of the undergraduate programme chosen by each scholarship winner.

Congratulating this year’s recipients, Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said; “The 125 recipients of the All Ireland Scholarships 2018 deserve our heartiest congratulations. They are a credit to themselves, their school, their teachers and of course, their families. Their path to success through the third level has been made smoother and they can face the challenges that await them with confidence.”  

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Pictured at the event at the University of Limerick were All Ireland Scholarship recipients, Joseph Foley, Limerick and Megan Hamill, Portadown, Co. Armagh with JP McManus.  Picture: Alan Place

Permanent Secretary at the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland, Noel Lavery said: “Since 2009, 250 students from Northern Ireland have had the opportunity to benefit from the All Ireland Scholarships. The All Ireland Scholarships 2018 recognise the importance of higher education in changing lives and aim to ensure that high performing students are able to avail of the opportunity and continue their education. This aligns closely with the thinking behind the Northern Ireland Widening Participation Strategy, ‘Access to Success’ and the Department for the Economy is delighted to continue to support the Trustees and administer the scholarship in Northern Ireland. I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and wish them well as they begin their chosen undergraduate studies.”

Sponsored by JP McManus, the educational scheme is awarded to a minimum of two high-achieving students from each of the 32 counties. This year, 50% of scholarship recipients in the Republic of Ireland scored 600 points or over in the Leaving Certificate.

Mr McManus said: “To our successful scholars I offer heartiest congratulations. Their hard work and commitment have been rewarded and they will no doubt build on their success and continue to strive for excellence in their ongoing studies and future careers. It was wonderful to be joined by students, distinguished guests, by parents, principals and friends from across Ireland today as we celebrated the success of the young men and women who were recognised for their outstanding academic achievements.”

The programme is administered by the Department of Education & Skills and the Department for the Economy with support from the Department of Education, Northern Ireland.

To date, 1,371 students have been awarded an All Ireland Scholarship. Previous Guests of Honour have included Irish Presidents Michael D. Higgins and Mary McAleese, 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, and sporting heroes AP McCoy, Paul O’Connell and Martin O’Neill. 

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