THE Minister for Education and Skills has praised the quality of third-level education in Limerick saying it is now regarded by many students as the place to come.
Minister Jan O’Sullivan made her comments at the weekend as she attended the annual JP McManus Scholarship Awards.
Seven of this year’s recipients were presented with their awards at the Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare on Friday night.
The seven - Shane Cronin, Lee Keating, Jordan O’Donnell, Shane McNamara, Ronan Malone, Eric Nolan, and Shane Cope - completed their Leaving Certificate examinations in June. The eighth scholarship recipient, David McKevitt, was unable to attend the event due to illness.
Each of the scholarship recipients will receive €6,750 a year through the scholarship scheme for the duration of their third level studies.
Since awards were established in 1996, 153 students from CBS Sexton Street have received scholarships at a total cost of almost €2.72m.
One hundred and six scholarship recipients have graduated to date with many now working around the globe.
The scholarship scheme, which currently costs around €196,000 a 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.
This year’s scholarships were presented by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan.
“Limerick is really probably the best place in the country in terms of educational opportunity because of the colleges that we have so really there is a fantastic offering,” she said noting that all eight of this year’s’ scholarships are attending third-level education in Limerick.
The guest of honour at the ceremony was Clareview native, Derek O’Keefe who is a previous winner of the Junior Chamber International Outstanding Young Person of the World Award.
The Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Liam Galvin also attended the event as did representatives of UL, Mary I and LIT.