Five students from Co. Roscommon have recently received prestigious Entrance Exhibition Awards from Trinity College, Dublin.
The successful students were Jack Donnellan from CBS Roscommon, Rosie Farrell from the Convent of Mercy, Roscommon, Cormac Hoare from Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, Olivia Byrne from St Nathy’s College in Ballaghaderreen and Norbert Papuga from Roscommon Community College.
Entrance Exhibition Awards go to the students accepted into the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme who achieve the highest points among Trinity entrants from their secondary school, above a minimum of 500 CAO points (or equivalent).
The students come from 460 different schools, from 31 counties on the island of Ireland and 31 countries overseas and many former awardees have gone on to make a significant contribution to the economic, cultural, and political life of Ireland and beyond such as Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.
Provost of Trinity, Dr Linda Doyle, said: “The recipients of the Entrance Exhibition Awards are now in the first year of their studies in Trinity, but they had to contend with the uncertainties and disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic as they prepared for their Leaving Cert examinations.
“I hope the resilience they developed during that difficult period will always stand to them and I hope they are now making the most of the Trinity experience.
“I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and affirm the hugely important role played by parents, guardians, teachers and all school staff in preparing students as they embark on the next stage of their education journey.”
Awardees receive a certificate and a €150 book token.