Ricky Walsh presented with scholarship by Mr Bill Clinton

Ricky Walsh, Leaving Cert student of 2012, was the receipient of an All-Ireland Scholarship in UL, Limerick at an event held on Nov 17th 2012. These scholarships are awarded to 100 students from the Repulic and 25 students from the North who performed with distinction in their Leaving Cert along with fulfilling other criteria. The scholarships are sponsored by a fund of €30m, kindly donated by Mr JP McManus. Further details of the scheme are outlined further on this page.

Ricky was presented with his award by none other than Mr. Bill Clinton at a function held in UL, Limerick. He was accompanied by his parents and school Principal, Mr Pat Hurley. The scholarship provides for an amount of €6,750 per year for the duration of the students undergraduate programme. Ricky is currently studying in UCC. All at Midleton CBS congratulate Ricky on his achievement and wish him cintinuing success with his studies.

A word of congratulations to former staff member, Mr Kevin Barry, now Principal of Clonkeen College, Dublin. Two pupils from Clonkeen were also awarded scholarships under the scheme.

Mr Pat Hurley, Principal Midleton CBS, Mr. Bill Clinton, Former U.S. President, Mr Ricky Walsh, Scholarship receirien and, Mr JP McManus, All Ireland Scholarships Sponsor


It is now almost five years since the concept of the All Ireland Scholarships was first proposed by JP McManus when he expressed a strong desire to provide funds for the establishment of a third level education scholarship scheme covering the thirty-two counties of Ireland. He stated that the Celtic Tiger will not be around for ever and that education will be the key for success in more difficult times. He was also conscious of the cross border dimensions of the proposed scholarship programme and stated that the All Ireland Scholarships scheme should operate on a similar basis North and South.

The All Ireland Scholarships were subsequently established with a donation of €30m by JP for application in the provision of third level education scholarships, spread on a county by county basis throughout the island of Ireland.

The All Ireland Scholarships Programme commenced during 2008 and 494 scholarships have been awarded to date. The value of each scholarship is set at €6,750 per annum in Ireland and stg£5,500 per annum in Northern Ireland and will continue for the duration of the under graduate programmes chosen by the scholarship winners.


Participation in the scholarship scheme is confined to those who are exempted from paying the Leaving Certificate Examination fee in Ireland or are in receipt of the Educational Maintenance Allowance in Northern Ireland, and the scholarships are awarded on the basis of the results of a candidate’s first attempt at the final secondary education examinations in Ireland or Northern Ireland.


Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible for an All-Ireland Scholarship:

In the Republic of Ireland:
You must be exempt from paying the Leaving Certificate Fee and attend a non-fee paying secondary school. (Exemption from payment of the Leaving Certificate fee must have been communicated to the State Examinations Commission before the issue of the Leaving Certificate results). There is currently no application process in the Republic of Ireland, the completion of the form for exemption from the Leaving Certificate Fee automatically communicates your eligibility to the Department of Education and Skills via the State Examinations Commission. Also the candidate must not be the holder of another scholarship as outlined in further detail on the Department of Education and Skills website.

How the scholarship is awarded:

The Republic of Ireland:
They will be awarded to the top 100 performing students results based on the candidate’s first attempt at the Secondary School Leaving Certificate Exam with a minimum of 2 scholarships awarded to each county and the balance will be distributed throughout the 26 counties based on the results from the exam.


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