School of History Annual Prize-giving Ceremony 2023

27 Mar 2023

The School of History Annual Prize-giving Ceremony 2023 took place in the Aula Maxima on Monday, 6 March. The ceremony is an annual event celebrating the excellent achievements of students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Prizes were awarded on the basis of academic performance in the previous academic year, 2021-2022. We are extremely proud of the outstanding achievements of our students.

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 History students. Prizes were awarded to the History Student of the Year in I, II and III Year. Prizes were similarly awarded to European Studies and History of Art students for achievement at undergraduate level.  Programme for School of History Prize-giving Ceremony 2023

The event also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the generosity of the donors and representatives of the families of donors of various other prizes which were also awarded – 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, the Jennifer O’Reilly Prize in Medieval History, the J.J Lee History Prize, The Dermot Keogh Prize and the Michael McEnery Memorial Prize. The Polish Ambassador Prize in Polish History was also awarded. We were honoured to have the Polish Ambassador to Ireland, Ms Anna Sochańska, to present this prize, along with another special commendation prize. All of the prizes carry considerable prestige. We are extremely grateful to all the donors for their continued, deeply valued connection with the School of History. [See gallery of pictures attached]

Each year the award ceremony features an address by a guest speaker, either a former student or a former member of the History staff. On this occasion, double prize recipient, Deborah McMullin, gave a presentation reflecting upon her experiences studying History in UCC, along with the value and benefits she derived from it. The ceremony was followed with a reception.

For details on History prizes and other related scholarships see the Scholarships and Prizes database at

School of History Prize-giving Ceremony, 6 March 2023

Photography by Tomás Tyner




History Student of the Year Awards

 Year I: Adrian Quinn

Year II: Luke O’Donoghue & Donal O’Connell

Year III: Deborah McMullin


European Studies Student of the Year Awards

Year I: Emily O’Keeffe

Year II: Glen Rothwell

Year III: Aoife Hennessy

Year IV: Emily O’Flynn


European Studies Dissertation of the Year

Emma O’Leary


History of Art Student of the Year Awards

Year I: Amy O’Flynn

Year II: Alison O’Mahony

Year III: Alexandra Borla


Higher Diploma in Arts (History) Student of the Year

Ciara Gimblett


The Leanora Hanrahan Prize in History

Aoife Kelly & Fiona Huggard


The James and Mary Hogan Prize in History

Deborah McMullin


The Dermot Keogh Prize in Irish History

Aimeé Browne


The Geoff Roberts Prize in International History/International Relations

John Hunter


The J.J. Lee History Prize

Nicholas Scollard


The John A. Murphy Prize in Irish History

Laura Shelly & Síofra Buckley


The John B. O’Brien Annual Prize in History

Ailbhe Griffin


The Jennifer O’Reilly Prize in Medieval History

Nicholas Scollard


The Polish Ambassador Prize in History

Stephen Crowley


Polish Ambassador Special Commendation Prize

Jurand Hadrys


Distinction Award

Jack O’Neill


Presentation by Deborah McMullin


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