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Prestigious McManus Scholarship for Noah

It was a great source of delight and celebration in Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan when management and staff learned that Noah Donnelly of the Leaving Cert Class of 2015 had been awarded the prestigious JP McManus Scholarship.

Noah becomes the sixth student in Our Lady’s to receive this honour, with two students, Jane Brady & Katherina Kozachenko being recipients in 2014, Aodhan Callan in 2012, Aisling Kerr in 2011 and Patrick Kerr in 2008 - a pretty impressive record for any school!

The JP McManus scholarship scheme was established in 2008 to support many gifted young students across the whole island of Ireland, giving them extra financial support to enable them to participate in all aspects of college life during their third level education. They are awarded based on excellence in the Leaving Certificate and bring with them an award of €6750 per annum for the duration of the students’ undergraduate programme.

Noah received his award at a ceremony in University of Limerick, attended by Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan and John O’Dowd, Northern Ireland Minister for Education. Champion jockey, AP McCoy was the guest speaker and gave an inspirational address to all the young people in attendance.

Noah, son of Dominic & Grace Donnelly, Mullyash, Castleblayney, is studying Computational Problem Solving & Development in DCU and already has made a name for himself in this area having been selected for the Irish Programming Olympiad with whom he travelled to Kazakhstan in July.

Speaking at the school during the week, Principal, Mr Eddie Kelly congratulated Noah on this wonderful achievement. “This award is a wonderful achievement for him and is a just reward for all his hard work, commitment and dedication to his studies.

He is a credit to himself and his family and we in Our Lady’s are very proud of his achievements. He is a wonderful ambassador for the school and I have no doubt he will make the most of the experiences and opportunities that third level education will bring.

All of the staff join with me in wishing him well in his future endeavours, as we do to all the class of 2015 in their chosen career paths and courses”.

Pictured at the presentation of the prestigious JP McManus Scholarships is Noah Donnelly of the Leaving Cert Class 2015 in Our Lady’s. Noah, who is studying Computational Problem Solving and Development in DCU, is pictured here with Our Lady’s Principal, Mr Eddie Kelly.