Scholars set their sights on third-level

Students from Coláiste Mhichil, Sexton Street Limerick, Mark Whelan, Patrick Hughes and Conor Madden, winners of the 2014 JP McManus Third-Level Scholarships, in the Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare.

The former secretary general of the Department of Finance, John Moran, has admitted to an omission in his impressive CV.

He was expelled from secondary school in Limerick — but for trying to be a good guy.

He revealed a number of students, as a prank prior to their Leaving Cert exam, removed a wheel from a teacher’s car at CBS Sexton Street in Limerick.

Two students were expelled and told not to come back until exams commenced.

Mr Moran, regarded then as the legal man in the class, was delegated to approach the Christian Brother school principal to mitigate the expulsion order.

But, for his troubles, he too was expelled along with rest of the class.

He recalled the story when he addressed the JP McManus CBS Sexton Street Scholarships Awards night at the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare last night.

Eight students received scholarships which are worth €6,750 for each year they remain in college.

The scholarship scheme, which commenced in 1997, was funded by JP McManus a former student at the school.

In his address, Mr Moran referred to the many strands to his own career and advised students not to be afraid to change career path in college if they felt what they were doing was not satisfying and fulfilling their goals and ambitions.

He said: “It’s not so much what you do, but how much you enjoy doing it.”

He said, in life, there was nothing wrong in making mistakes. Not making mistakes, he said, can sometimes mean a person is not trying hard enough.

The worse thing about mistakes, he said, is hiding them.

Mr Moran said a most important trait in any person was showing respect. He said you can often judge a person by the respect they show people less important than them.

This year’s award winners were Mark Whelan, Yacouba Yabre, Conor Madden, Arthur Kulesza, Jake Frahill, Mark Griffin, Patrick Hughes and Bikal Adhikari.

Patrick Hughes from Rhebogue, who is now studying applied languages at the University of Limerick, said: “I loved the whole experience at Sexton Street and to win this scholarship is unbelievable, thanks to the generosity of Mr McManus and his wife Noreen. I intend to become fluent in Japanese, German and Spanish during my course at UL. I am loving Japanese which I find is a fascinating language.”

Mr McManus told the scholarship winners: “Your success would not have been attained without the unwavering support and guidance shown by your parents and teachers throughout your school life and the results of their endeavours are now evident.”

School principal, Tom Prendergast said the achievements of the students had its foundations in the hugely important relationship between the home and the school.

“It is a relationship we cherish hugely at Sexton Street. Now you can also include another important partner in your future and that is the support of the JP McManus Scholarship Trust,” he said.


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