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PHOTOS: Noreen McManus scholarships launched in Colaiste Nano Nagle

Noreen McManus scholarships – Pictured Rachel Constable, Mrs Marion Cummins, principal of Colaiste Nano Nagle, Sarah Nash, Sue Ann McManus Foley, Chantel Hartigan, Noreen McManus, Bene Mombouna. Picture: Cian Reinhardt / ilovelimerick

Noreen McManus has gifted the students of Colaiste Nano Nagle a highly generous €250,000 for the Noreen McManus scholarships which was launched in Colaiste Nano Nagle at 4pm on Monday October 10.

There were several speakers including Marion Cummins, principal of Colaiste Nano Nagle, Alana O’Neill, Head Girl of Colaiste Nano Nagle, Rachael Constable, one of the four girls to be presented with the Noreen McManus Scholarships and a few words from Noreen McManus herself.

The Noreen McManus Scholarship will help the students of Colaiste Nano Nagle secondary school to “cut out the stress about loans and allow for more time to concentrate on study”.

Three students who receive the highest Leaving Cert results in the class and proceed to study at third level are eligible for €3,000 each yeah for the duration of the course. The girl who achieves the highest Leaving Cert Applied result and goes on to study further will also be aided financially.

“Receiving this scholarship allows me to attend the college of choice, to further educate myself in the area that interests me without financial restrictions and eventually allow me to move on to my chosen career. It means that I do not need to rely on student loans for financial aid over the next four years and I won’t  be stressed out about how I can repay these loans,” Rachael Constable explained.

Noreen McManus attended the launch with her daughter Sue Ann Foley and has committed a quarter of a million euro over five years to help the girls selected at Colaiste Nano Nagle to finance their third level education. Before the official launch. Mrs. McManus strolled out to the school garden to plant a tree to mark the occasion.

“Your gift of €250,000 to this school over the next five years is almost overwhelming for us and on behalf of Colaiste Nano Nagle I cannot thank you enough,” said Marion Cummins, principal of Coláiste Nano Nagle.

“Your tree Noreen, Snowy Mespilus, a member of the rose family which will bear a great profusion of white flowers now has its roots here – roots of the tradition of our great founders Nano Nagle which today promotes spiritual health and human development, quality teaching and learning, showing respect for every person, being just and responsible in our school.”

Mrs. McManus said she hoped that the students will “grow like the tree will grow and to all the girls and all the scholarship recipients, congratulations, well done and enjoy your life.”

Numbers of students in Colaiste Nano Nagle now stand at 331 and the numbers are expected to grow after the Noreen McManus scholarship has been launched for the school.

“Noreen has been so gracious and so kind. She didn’t have to but it is lovely and I think she is very happy with the idea,” said Ms. Cummins.

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