Here are the winners of the 2018 Kerry Group Awards & Scholarships.
This year’s marks the 170th anniversary of the first flying of the flag by Thomas F Meagher at 33 The Mall, Waterford. Meagher spoke of the meaning of the flag
“The White in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the Orange and the Green, and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic may be clasped, in generous and heroic brotherhood.”
We now encourage the young people of Ireland, irrespective of ethnicity, creed or gender to work together under the Irish Tricolour to proclaim and live its message of peace and unity and celebrate the new broader inclusive definition of Irishness.
Registered schools will receive the Foundations fundraising pack, including free lapel pins in English and Irish, to sell for charities or projects of your choosing within your school, locally, nationally and internationally. We also encourage you to hold events on the 16th of March to celebrate irishness in its broadest sense and what it means to live in Ireland in 2017.
The Thomas F Meagher Foundation established its Awards and Scholarship Programme to recognise outstanding students who have promoted pride in and respect for the Irish Flag and its true meaning for peace and who active citizens in their community are. Students from registered schools are invited to submit an entry to our Kerrygroup Awards and Scholarship Programme. This year entries can be submitted in the in the form of a video, essay, poem, picture or artwork on the subject of “What it is like to live in Ireland in 2018 and what the flag represents to me on this the 170th anniversary of it first being flown”.
An Awards and Scholarship Presentation lunch is held each May in Leinster House.
Entries can be made in any of the following formats:
The Thomas F. Meagher Foundation Awards and Scholarship Programme in Association with Kerry Group was officially launched at the Flag Presentation Ceremony in Waterford on 12th March 2015 at which President Michael D. Higgins was present. This programme, recognises outstanding students who have promoted pride in and respect for the Irish Flag and its message of peace and who are active citizens within their communities. Winning schools will be awarded a scholarship from one of our Nation’s 7 University Education Partners.
On the 16th of May 2016 the seven chosen schools who demonstrated active citizenship in their communities and raised money for charities were presented with third level scholarships at a Scholarship Presentation Lunch in Leinster House.
The winning schools were:
St. Nathy's, Roscommon
Glanmire Community College, Cork
Stratford College, Dublin
Colaiste Bríde, Dublin
Schull Community College, Cork
Presentation Secondary School, Tipperary
Representatives from each school accepted their Scholarship Certifiicates at the Presentation lunch. Presidents from the Foundation's Education Partners - University of Limerick, University College Cork, NUI Galway, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and NUI Maynooth were in attendance. Chairman of the Foundation Reverend Michael Cavanagh, the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Eireann Sean O'Fearghail and Senator Mark Daly spoke at the event and thanked the schools for their whole-hearted involvment in helping local charities and encouraging pride in the Irish flag.
Take a look at Kate's winning scholarship video:
Regina Mundi, Cork - Trocaire and Down Syndrome Ireland
Mary Immaculate College Cork- West Cork Wheelchair Association
Colaiste Phonail Cholmcille Tory Island- Make A Wish
Colaiste Bride Dublin- Mens Cancer Alliance
North Monastery School Cork City- Irish Cancer Society
Castleknock College Dublin- Project in Ambo Ethiopia
Christ Kings Girls School Cork- Pieta House
The Thomas F. Meagher Foundation has established a school Awards and Scholarship Programme in association with Kerry Group which will be launched during Flag week in 2016. This is to recognise outstanding students who have promoted pride in and respect for the Irish Flag and who are also active citizens in their community.
In 2016, the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation will officially begin this exciting programme of activities, giving every school a chance to take part; offering one appointed/nominated student from each participating school the opportunity to be awarded a Scholarship from one of the Foundation’s Education Partners.
How does it Work?
1. Register your School
Register your school in the Foundation’s 2016 Flag Week which runs from the 10th – 17th March 2016 http://tfmfoundation.ie/events/60-flag-week-10th-17th-march-2016
Once you register, your school will then receive from the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation in February to include lapel badges and supporting material to be sold by the students as part of participation in active citizenship within the community and school. You can choose a charity of your choice which all funds raised from the sale of pins and stickers will be awarded to. You will also receive information on the requirements to participating in Flag Week and the necessary steps to be in with a chance of winning a Scholarship.
2. Nominate Your Student
Schools & Students who have registered and are participating in Flag Week and entering for consideration for an Scholarship award must first nominate and appoint a student leader within their school prior to the beginning of Flag Week
This student must demonstrate leadership, understand the true meaning of the Irish flag and encourage participation in Flag Week in their school and their community
Exhibit Real evidence of active citizenship through a 90 second video
Name of the appointed student should be included in the 90 second video and remember, the appointed student must be planning to attend third level education at one of our Education Partners’ colleges as if your school wins the competition, the nominated student wins the Scholarship
3. Make Your 90 second Video Application
Working together, students’ video applications should document how they and their school showed active citizenship in their community. How they promoted pride in and respect for the Irish flag and its meaning of peach in their community and school and the video should be no less than 90 seconds and no more than 120 seconds long. Your video must include footage of your school selling lapel pins and stickers for the charity of your choice. There will be prizes for the most creative use of item used for presenting your lapel badges such as a welly boot! Examples of active citizenship are:
• Community Service such as Meals on Wheels, visiting a local nursing home and entertaining the residents with stories such as that of Thomas Francis Meagher
• Participation in homeless shelters, active awareness of services such as St. Vincent De Paul
• Encourage local business people to change their flag if you believe it is of poor quality or doesn’t follow the protocol of how the Irish flag should be flown
• Window cleaning of local business windows
• Participating in helping a local animal trust by giving up a Saturday morning to walk the dogs
There are lots of ways to be an active citizen in your community and the above are examples to help you!
4. Upload your Video Application
• All schools Flag Week progress must be uploaded to your school’s Facebook page and ‘shared’ with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation on St. Patrick’s Day 17th March 2016 to promote pride in and respect for the Irish Flag
• Videos must be uploaded to the Foundations Twitter before the closing date at midnight on Friday 15th April and accompany the #raiseourflag
*Progress on Flag week must also be uploaded to the Foundations’ Social Media on St. Patrick’s Day 17th March
5. Shortlist & Interviews
Every application will be judged by the Foundation’s Educational Board and a short list will be compiled for interviews with the nominated student from the selected shortlist of entries
6. Awards & Scholarships
From these interviews, the Scholarships will be awarded which are conditional upon the student securing their place at one of the Foundation’s Education Partners via the CAO system which closes on the 1st February 2016 and an offer from their chosen University