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28 May 2022

Longford students presented with Gemma McGee Memorial Bursary awards

Longford students presented with Gemma McGee Memorial Bursary awards

Moyne Community School students Jason Grimes, Aoife Donnelly and Kenneth Olokun proudly hold their Gemma McGee Memorial Bursary awards alongside Gemma's parents, Rosaleen and John

Three Moyne Community School students; Kenneth Olokun, Jason Grimes and Aoife Donnelly, were recently presented with Gemma McGee Memorial Bursary awards.

This bursary is presented in memory of Gemma, her dedication to study, her determination to overcome obstacles and her celebration of an all too short life.

Every year, three students from the Leaving Cert class of Moyne CS are awarded a bursary of €1,000 each towards the cost of going to college.

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In December 2012 Gemma McGee accepted an Academic Achievement Award in Moyne Community School.

After her Leaving Cert, Gemma went to Trinity College to study Science and eventually went on to specialise in Geology. She was an excellent student, and her future success came as no surprise to anyone who had taught her or been a classmate of hers.

However, it was not without its challenges and Gemma struggled with the cost of college and she had no option but to work part time while she studied. After college Gemma fulfilled her dream of working as a geologist when she got a job with TECK, a Canadian mining company.

Tragically, this fit and healthy young 24-year-old woman contracted the W strain of meningitis and passed away within a couple of days of becoming ill. The tragedy is that this strain of meningitis is preventable through vaccination but while the UK provides this vaccine to children, here in Ireland the HSE do not administer it.

The family, supported by TECK and a local fundraising committee, have raised over €15,000 towards the Gemma McGee Memorial Bursary Award.

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