UCC graduate to receive Moylan scholarship

A SCHOLARSHIP in memory of the late Sean Moylan, a War of Independence leader and former Government minister, has been awarded this year to a UCC graduate from St Brendan’s Park in Tralee.

The €3,000 award will help 21-year-old Aisling O’Brien in her further studies for a Masters degree in journalism at Dublin City University.

Daughter of Tom and Marie O’Brien, she attended Convent of Mercy schools in Moyderwell and Mount Hawk in Tralee before attending UCC where she graduated with a BA in English and in Greek and Roman civilisations.

It was a great honour for her to be awarded the scholarship, she said, pledging to uphold the high standards set by other recipients over the years.

Pat O’Brien, chairman of the scholarship trustees, presented Aisling with her award at a function held at Longueville House, Mallow.

He said the scholarship was established over forty years ago to help keep alive the memory and spirit of Sean Moylan, who died in 1957.

Mr Moylan played a major role in the War of Independence and then went on to hold the portfolios of Lands, Education and Agriculture in different Fianna Fáil governments led by Eamon de Valera.

In the early years, the scholarship was confined to third level studies in agriculture but was later broadened and is now open to applicants from students in a wide range of disciplines.

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