Four Limerick graduates among best in the country

Mary Immaculate College graduate Alan O'Driscoll was among those highly commended
STUDENTS at Mary Immaculate College have once again been highly commended in the 2014 Undergraduate Awards for the second year.

STUDENTS at Mary Immaculate College have once again been highly commended in the 2014 Undergraduate Awards for the second year.

Four MIC students were named across three of the categories in the awards, which are under the patronage of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

The awards aim to celebrate and support undergraduate students by recognising excellence in their coursework and projects. The competition is open to all graduating students and those recently graduated who have achieved a minimum of 2.1 Award in their degree. This year the competition received 4,792 submissions from 209 universities and colleges worldwide placing the shortlisted students within the top 10% of submissions as judged anonymously by international panels.

Graduate Alan O’Driscoll, from Limerick, recently completed a BA in History and English and was shortlisted in the history category for his essay entitled ‘Royal Visits and National Identity in Ireland, 1821-1911’. Alan is currently undertaking the taught MA in Modern English Language and Literature at MIC. Congratulating the successful applicants, Professor Michael A Hayes, president of the college said, they are “delighted and proud that so many students from Mary Immaculate College were recognised both nationally and internationally for the exceptional quality of their work by the 2014 Undergraduate Awards.

“Given the sheer volume of applications submitted to this year’s competition it is a remarkable achievement for MIC to have not just one student recognised, but four students recognised across three different categories,” said Prof Hayes.

The successful MIC students included Cormac McCarthy, B.Ed in Education & Psychology graduate 2013, from Firies, Killarney, who was shortlisted in the Education category for his essay ‘Prayers, Politics and Pedagogy: The history of the Church-State relationship and it’s status in Education today’. Also hailing from Kerry is Lainey Keane, from Listowel, who recently completed the B.Ed in Education & Psychology degree and was shortlisted in the education category.

Catriona Pennycook, from Dublin has just completed the B.Ed in Education and Psychology degree and was shortlisted in the psychology category for her essay on aging. The awards ceremony of the final winners will take place in Dublin on November 21.