Luke Whitney, of Moate Community School, was among the Westmeath students who received Entrance Exhibition Awards for the 202 academic year from Trinity College, Dublin.

Athlone and Moate students receive Trinity entrance awards

Students from the Marist College, Our Lady's Bower, Athlone Community College and Moate Community School were among a group of ten from Westmeath who received prestigious Entrance Exhibition Awards for the 2023/4 academic year from Trinity College, Dublin.

The entrance awards go to 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).

A total of 626 first-year students from Ireland and overseas received the Entrance Exhibition Awards for this academic year.

They included Conor McCarthy (Marist College, Athlone), Mary Doyle (Our Lady's Bower, Athlone), Luke Whitney (Moate Community School) and Aisling McNamara (Athlone Community College).

Each of the awardees received a certificate and a €150 book token. Many former awardees have gone on to make a significant contribution to the economic, cultural, and political life of Ireland and beyond.

The 626 students who received the awards for this year came from 445 different schools and from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland, as well as 28 countries overseas.

The awards were delivered at three ceremonies at Trinity, to which the students and their school principals were invited.

Provost of Trinity Dr Linda Doyle said: "The Entrance Exhibition Awards are our way of recognising these fantastic students and acknowledging the huge effort they put into their Leaving Certificate exams. I am really honoured that they have chosen Trinity College Dublin for this next step of their education.

"This year's award recipients are now in the First Year of their studies and I hope they are finding their studies enjoyable and rewarding, and enjoying the huge variety of clubs and societies in Trinity.

"Our Entrance Exhibition Awards programme includes a special event for school principals, and I want to really acknowledge the amazing work of principals, teachers and school staff who are so dedicated in making sure that students achieve their full potential."