A past pupil of Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon has been awarded a prestigious Naughton Foundation Academic Scholarship.
18-year-old Brian O’Boyle, son of Mary and Martin, Kenagh, received word in September that he was among the 25 recipients of the scholarship.
On Saturday, September 27, Brian travelled to Trinity College, Dublin, where he, and the other winning students, were presented with their awards by Minister of State Damien English TD along with Dr Martin Naughton, founding patron of the Naughton Foundation, and his wife Carmel Naughton.
Speaking to the Leader about her son’s achievement, Mary O’Boyle said that the family were ‘absolutely ecstatic’.
Explaining how Brian, who is now studying Engineering at University College Dublin, applied for the scholarship in school, Mary added her praise to the careers teacher, Ms O’Neill, who had brought the scholarship to Brian’s attention.
Each of the scholarships awarded are worth €20,000, and furthermore, the winners’ schools also receive a grant of €1,000 to put towards the schools’ science department.
Principal of Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, Josephine Donohue, was thrilled at her former pupil’s success. Stating that it was a ‘fantastic achievement’ to receive the scholarship, Ms Donohue continued to say that Brian is a ‘very good student’. Ms Donohue also added that the money received by the school would be put to very good use.
Established in 2008, the Naughton Foundation scholarships were introduced to promote the study of engineering, science and technology. Initially only serving three counties, the foundation has expanded, with 25 awards being presented this year. Longford has had great success with the awards to date. In 2013, Rachel Ward, a past pupil of Meán Scoil Mhuire, also received the scholarship.