Limerick scholarship recipients look to the future thanks to JP McManus

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Pictured are Ger Barry, Flip Kaczmarek, Robert Hayes, Colin O'Toole, Abdirahman Ali, Liam Byrnes, Emmet Clohessy and Marcus Jackson Picture: Alan Place

Pictured are Ger Barry, Flip Kaczmarek, Robert Hayes, Colin O'Toole, Abdirahman Ali, Liam Byrnes, Emmet Clohessy and Marcus Jackson Picture: Alan Place

ALMOST 170 past pupils of CBS Sexton Street in Limerick have now received scholarships towards their third level education at a cost of more than €3 million.

The eight latest recipients of JP McManus scholarsips were presented with their awards at the Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare on Friday night

The eight –  Abdirahman Ali, Ger Barry, Liam Byrnes, Emmet Clohessy, Robert Hayes, Marcus Jackson, Filip Kaczmarek and Colin O’Toole –  completed their Leaving Certificate examinations in June. 

Each of the scholarship recipients, who have all now begun their third level studies in Limerick,  will receive €6,750 a year through the scholarship scheme for the duration of their third ­level studies.

Since the awards scheme was established by JP McManus in 1996, 169 students from CBS Sexton Street have received scholarships at a total cost of almost €3.13m.

A total of 122 recipients have graduated to date with many now working around the globe.

Trevor Clancy who was one of the first recipients of a JP McManus scholarship in 1997 is an uncle of one of this year’s recipients Liam Byrnes.

Marcus Jackson, 19, from Rathbane says he was delighted when he learned he had been awarded a scholarship.

“I was one of the last to receive the letter (confirming the scholarship) and it was a relief and I just felt it was a weight taken off my shoulders,” said Marcus who spoke on behalf of all of the recipients during Friday’s presentation ceremony.

“We all knew (during our time at CBS) that getting a JP McManus scholarship was the main goal. I repeated my Leaving Certificate and I put in the hard work and dedication because I know that’s what I wanted when I went in,” added Marcus who is now studying Business with Sports Management at LIT.

The scholarship scheme, which currently costs around €200,000 to run every year, is administered by four trustees ­ Gerry Boland, Noel Earlie, Eddie Fallon and Pat Hartigan ­ on behalf of JP McManus, who is a past pupil of CBS Sexton Street.

Denis O’Connor, Principal of CBS Sexton Street, says the support of the recipients’ families during their time at the school is a major factor in their success.

“Parents make great sacrifices for their children. On nights like tonight such sacrifices all seem worthwhile,” he said.

This year’s scholarships were presented by the Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan while the guest of honour at the ceremony was Kilteely native and well-known GAA figure PJ Breen.

PJ,  who was educated at CBS Sexton Street in the 1960s, worked as Consultant Anaesthetist up to his retirement in 2014.

The Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Stephen Keary, also attended the event as did representatives of UL, Mary I and LIT.

JP and Noreen McManus were represented by their daughter Sue Ann.

“Everyone of the previous recipients held the scholarships in very high regard and to this day they recognise the impact they have had on their college lives for those old enough, in their chosen careers,” said Mayor Keary.