Pictured at the MIC conferring ceremonies were Caitlín McCreesh, Dooradoyle, Limerick conferred with a BA Early Childhood Care and Education and her son Mason(4).
The two-day event saw over 1,000 students from 22 counties, 7 countries and 4 continents conferred with academic awards across the College’s 30 plus programmes. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22
The Liam McCarthy Cup was in good company this week as he joined the jubilant celebrations at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick which saw over 1,000 students from 22 counties, 7 countries and 4 continents being conferred with academic awards across the College’s 30 plus programmes at the MIC Conferring Ceremonies 2016, including 17 graduates who were conferred with doctorate awards.
The Liam McCarthy Cup was accompanied by Stephen Cahill from Thurles (current BA student) Seamus Kennedy from Clonmel (BA graduate) Niall O’Meara from Nenagh(BEd graduate) and Ronan Maher from Thurles (current BA student); all of whom were presented with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of their achievements on the sporting field as part of the Tipperary All Ireland Hurling Team 2016 and the victorious MIC Fitzgibbon Cup 2016.
The accolades for Tipperary students didn’t stop there as Eibhlín Ryan from Thurles (BEd in Education & Psychology graduate) was presented with an astounding eight awards. Eibhlín was awarded the College Gold Medal for achieving first place in the BEd in Education & Psychology programme; the Bonn Vere Foster Award, presented by the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) for achieving first place in the Teaching Practice and Curriculum Education; the Certificate in Religious Education Medal, presented by the Bishop of Limerick, Bishop Brendan Leahy, for achieving first place in the Certificate in Religious Education on her programme; the Kieran Burke Fellowship, for achieving first place in Education; the Frostburg Scholarship which is presented by the College’s Faculty of Education in conjunction with the Frostburg State University in Maryland, USA; an award for achieving the highest result in Psychology, an award for Excellence in Educational Research and the Dissertation and an award for Excellence in Psychology.
Nicola Lillis from Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, was presented with the College Gold Medal for achieving first place in the BA Early Childhood Care & Education programme. Nicola was also presented with an award for excellence in professional placement.
Proof that it is not just on the football pitch that Cork females reign supreme was evident as Ellen O’Regan (BEd) from Skull, Co. Cork was presented with a total of 4 awards including the College Gold Medal for achieving first place in the Bachelor of Education programme as well as the Carlisle & Blake Prize from the Department of Education and Science for achieving first place in Education, Theory and Practice. Ellen was also presented with the Bonn Vere Foster Award, in addition to receiving an award for Excellence in Music Education.
Katie Ní Loingsigh (BA) from Ballincollig, Co, Cork, was also a multi-award winner as she received the College Gold Medal for achieving first place in the BA in Liberal Arts. Katie also received the Bonn Uí Bhroiméil and the award for attaining the highest result in Gaeilge. Úna Ní Chárthaigh from Clonakilty, Co. Cork, was presented with the College Gold Medal for achieving first place on the Professional Master of Education programme, Primary Teaching, as well as an award for Excellence in Educational Research and the Dissertation. While Clara Ryan, BEd graduate, from Skibbereen, Co. Cork was presented with the inaugural Peadar Cremin Fellowship, for achieving first place in Educational Research and the Dissertation on the Bachelor of Education Programme. The Fellowship is awarded by the College in memory of the late Prof. Peadar Cremin, President of Mary Immaculate College, 1999 – 2011 who sadly passed away last year and was presented by Peadar’s wife, Áine.
Speaking at the event Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick and Chairman of An tÚdarás Rialaithe, MIC said “Mary Immaculate College is a university-level institution that has rightly earned its prestigious place on the 3rd level educational landscape in Ireland. And not only in Ireland. It is part of a network of some 1,500 Catholic institutions of higher learning in the world. I believe that you, the Graduates of 2016 can be rightly proud of this College that has been so much part of your life, and the life of your families, in these last years”.
Offering some words of wisdom to the graduates of the MIC Conferring Ceremonies 2016 was Professor Don Barry, President of University of Limerick who said “You are leaving here today with a considerable qualification under your belt, a product of serious commitment and a pursuit of knowledge. Your education has not only provided you with a body of knowledge in your chosen discipline but you are also leaving here with the ability to think critically, to reason, to analyse, you have been taught how to evaluate , discuss and debate effectively. Don’t wait for people to give you that golden dream – you’ve got to get out there and achieve it for yourself, believe you can do it”.