November 28, 2020
Business News

PICTURED: The Business – Waterford students graduate with top awards

Two past pupils of Waterpark College and one from De La Salle Waterford were presented with prestigious awards at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) School of Business Annual Recognition of Awards Ceremony.

More than 60 School of Business students were recognised for their academic achievements during the 2018/2019 academic year at the School of Business 17th Annual Recognition of Awards Ceremony, which recognises students with outstanding academic achievement.

Colm Kirby, who is studying Bachelor of Business (Hons), a past pupil of De La Salle College, Waterford, from Tramore was presented with the CIMA Management Accounting Prize.

Mullinavat man Jack Whelton, a past pupil of Waterpark College who is studying Bachelor of Business (Hons), was presented with the CPA Financial accounting Prize.

Waterford student Dean O’Mahony, another Waterpark past pupil studying Bachelor of Business (Hons), was presented with the John Hume Credit Union Award.

Lisduggan St Dominic and Waterford Credit Unions have a long relationship spanning over 20 years with the Business School where the combined City Credit Unions sponsor the John Hume Scholarship.

Linda O’Kane, on behalf of the Combined Credit Union, said: “The combined Credit Unions of Lisduggan, St Dominic and Waterford are delighted to be associated with the Dean’s List Ceremony and announce Dean O’Mahony as the 21st recipient of the John Hume Sholarship.

“Our 21 John Hume Scholarship winners to date are spread over the four corners of the world working in such places as the EU, some of the largest Stockbrokers firms and the top five Accounting firms.  A testament to the calibre of winners and the esteem in which the Scholarship is held,” she said.

In addition a number of Waterford students made the Dean’s List and were presented with certificates. The Dean’s list comprises approximately the top 5% highest performers in the school each achieving first class honours in their continuing studies.


Head of School (Dean) of Business, Dr Thomas O’Toole, said: “The students on the Dean’s list are among the highest achievers nationally and internationally. Their quest for academic excellence is underpinned by their commitment and enthusiasm for their programme of study and bodes well for their future careers.”

Dean’s List recipients from Waterford include:

Ross O Keeffe, who is studying the BA (Hons) in Marketing with Digital Media and a past pupil of Mount Sion CBS;

Laura McEnery, who is studying the BA (Hons) in Marketing with Digital Media and a past pupil of Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School;

Chloe Dennison, who is studying the BA (Hons) in Marketing with Digital Media and a past pupil of St. Angelas Ursuline Convent;

Chloe Clince, who is studying the BA (Hons) in Marketing with Digital Media;

Michael Clince, who is studying the BA (Hons) in Marketing with Digital Media;

Katie Widger, who is studying the BA (Hons) in Accounting and a past pupil of School, from Stella Maris, Tramore;

Shane Mobed, who is studying the BA (Hons) in Accounting and a past pupil of Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore;

Sophie O Shea, who is studying the BA (Hons) in International Business and a past pupil of Ard Scoil na nDeise, Dungarvan;

Joshua Kennedy, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of Christian Brothers Secondary School, Tramore;

Monika Janiszewska, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons); Seán Walsh, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of Mount Sion CBS, Waterford;

Justin Marshall, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of Mount Sion CBS, Waterford;

Colm Kirby, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of De La Salle College, Waterford;

Niamh Kelly, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of St. Angela’s, Waterford;

Conor Burke, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of De La Salle College, Waterford;

Louise Dunphy, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of Our Lady of Mercy Secondary, Waterford;

Chloe Allen, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons);

Chloe Dempsey, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of Presentation Secondary School Waterford;

Leon Keating, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of Waterpark College, Waterford;

Alex Fitzgerald, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of De La Salle, Waterford;

Courtney Healy, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons);

Dean O Mahony, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of Waterpark College, Waterford:

Orla O Connor, who is studying the Bachelor of Business (hons) and a past pupil of Waterpark College, Waterford;

Oleksandr Slyvchuk, who is studying the Higher Certificate in Business and a past pupil of Mount Sion Secondary School, Waterford.

Each year the School of Business President’s Scholarship scheme gives support to five individuals who already demonstrate the ability to make Irish society a better place, and allow them to further their potential. The 2020 scheme is now open for applications.

Recently released data on secondary ‘feeder’ schools to universities, institutes of technology, and colleges shows WIT continuing to feature as the leading provider of higher education across the counties of the south east.

WIT ranks number one in attracting students through the CAO from across the five counties in the south east of Ireland – Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Tipperary (South Riding), and Carlow.

More than 1,600 of the 5,000 plus new higher education-going students in the region in 2019, or almost 1 in 3 (30%) chose WIT.

In Kilkenny (26%) and South Tipperary (27%), one-in-four students go to WIT. When it comes to individual counties, well over 50% of higher education-going students from Waterford choose WIT.

The data shows something similar in Wexford where 30% of higher education going students go to WIT.

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