School of History Prize-giving Ceremony 2013
The School of History prize-giving ceremony, which took place on 11 February in the Aula Maxima, is an annual event celebrating the excellent achievements of students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The event provides an opportunity for the staff of the School of History to acknowledge publicly and pay appropriate tribute to the inspiring work of those students. Head of School, Professor Geoffrey Roberts, spoke of the individual efforts of the prize winners in the various categories. Prizes were awarded to the History Student of the Year in I, II and III Year, MA Student of the Year and Evening Arts Student of the Year; for work completed in the last academic year. Prizes were similarly awarded to European Studies students for achievement at undergraduate level.
The event also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the generosity of the donors (and the representatives of the families of the donors) of the various other prizes which were awarded – the John A. Murphy Prize in Irish History, the John B. O’Brien Annual Prize in History, the Leonora Hanrahan Prize in History and the James and Mary Hogan Prize in History. A new prize was inaugurated in honour of Professor Joe Lee, former Head of History at UCC. The J.J. Lee History Prize will be awarded on an occasional basis for an outstanding performance by a single-honours History student. Amhairgín Ní Laoi, daughter of J.J. Lee, presented the prize to Aisling McCarthy, for her exceptional achievement in the last academic year. All of these prizes carry considerable prestige, as well as providing much-appreciated financial assistance to History students.
The ceremony concluded with presentation by Jesse Harrington, who was awarded the Student of the Year prize for each of his three years as an undergraduate student. Mr. Harrington, now a postgraduate student at the University of Cambridge, spoke warmly of his experiences as a History student in UCC and of the value of studying history.
PRESENTATION OF PRIZES
History Student of the Year Awards
Year I: Ruth Lawlor
Year II: Aoife O’Leary-McNeice
Year III: Jesse Harrington
European Studies Student of the Year Awards
Year I: Eilidh McCann
Year II: Christin Hollweck
Year IV: Damien Collins
The John A. Murphy Prize in Irish History
The John B. O’Brien Annual Prize in History
The Leonora Hanrahan Prize in History
The James and Mary Hogan Prize in History
Jack Moriarty & Sarah Condon
The Dermot Keogh Prize in Irish History
The J.J. Lee History Prize
Evening Arts History Prize
MA Student of the Year Award
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