Past pupil Maria Kelly with principal Niamh Broderick and teacher Sinéad Mannion at the awards ceremony
MARIA Kelly, a former student of St Leo’s College, Carlow, was presented with the Feargal Quinn Award in Athlone recently in recognition of scoring top marks in last year’s leaving cert applied programme.
St Leo’s College principal Niamh Broderick and teacher Sinéad Mannion were very proud to attend the awards ceremony in the midland town.
The awards are financed by sponsorship from the later senator Feargal Quinn, who was the first chairman of the steering committee for the inaugural leaving certificate applied (LCA) programme in 1995. It was he who oversaw the rolling out of the LCA, the embedding of it in the Irish education system, and he directed its continuing development in the following years. He was a firm believer in the power of this programme.
This is not Maria’s first time to be outstanding in her field, as she also received the
Catherine McAuley Medal at Awards Day 2023. This accolade is presented to a student who embodies the characteristic spirit of the school’s founder throughout their time in St Leo’s. Indeed, Maria was praised for her participation in all aspects of school life and her consistent co-operation and good humour.