awards & Scholarship winners

"the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation were once again thrilled with number and quality of the entries to this year's Awards and scholarship programme 2023. the young people of Ireland clearly understand the meaning and relevance of the irish tricolour Flag's symbolism in this most special of years - the 175th anniversary of the first flying of the irish flag.

The message of inclusion and Peace was expressed with real creativity in each of the award categories. the number of entries we received far exceeded that of past years and we are very proud of all students for the passion they have shown this year, way beyond our expectations.

we also would like to sincerely thank you - our students' educators for encouraging your students to take part in the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation annual awards and learn about the history and important message of peace behind the Irish Flag."

revD. canon Michael Cavanagh, Chair of the tfm Foundation.

OVERALL / scholarship winner

Ciara corcoran - coláiste cois siuire, mooncoin, co. kilkenny

Overall Winner Scholarship ColaisteCoisSiuire Ciara Corcoran 6th Year Song Irish Flag

The overall winning entry is the song: "irish flag" Written and performed by  6th year student ciara corcoran. LINK TO SONG HERE.


Best overall entry junior cycle 

mailí de cléir, coláiste cholmchille indreabhán, galway

Best Overall Junior Cycle Coliste Cholmchille Mail de Clir 2nd Year RS


best overall entry senior cycle

rachael duffy, loreto secondary school, bray, co. wicklow

"what the irish flag means to me". video link coming soon.

Loreto Bray What the Irish Flag Means to Me Rachael Duffy2 


best ASD / special class entry

emmanuel nkula, kingswood community school, co. dublin

Best ASD Special Class Entry Kingswood Community College Emmanuel Nkula


best entry as gaeilge

síofra gough, st. joseph's college, lucan, co. dublin

Best Entry As Gaeilge St Josephs College Lucan Sofra Gough Dn Poem RS


Best essay

robert keenan, de la salle college, dundalk




best poem

davóg o'flanagan, glenamaddy community school, co. galway

Best Poem Glenamaddy CS 5th Year student Davg Poem

best artwork

david mc partlin, ardscoil rís limerick

David Mc Partlin produced the piece as his response to the question

"175 years on. What the Irish Flag means to me in 2023"

Best Artwork Ardscoil Rs David Mc Partlin 5th Year


best video/audio clip 

Fatma Wael Hassan Ismail Hassan st. joseph's college lucan, co. dublin 


chair special award

iryna shutak, finn valley college, stranorlar, co. donegal

an incredible interpretation of the meaning of the Irish flag through digital art by Iryna Shutak, second year student.  She has recently joined finn valley college from Ukraine.  iryna developed her work from inspiration/conception, the sketching and colouring process right through the finished product.  She first photographed the local landscape and captured herself looking out the window of the transport on which this image is based.  The key message she wants to convey is that Ireland represents safety for her. 

Chair Special Award Finn Valley College Iryna Shutak


best music/dance

kara o'neill, finn valley college, stranorlar, co. donegal

This link shows Kara O’Neill dancing. She prepared this dance for the Flag Day Ceremony.  The dance was preceded by an overview of the history of Irish dance as an Irish tradition from its inception to its current form.  Irish culture has changed throughout the decades to reflect and encompass the influences of a changing society.  This Irish dance by Kara celebrates tradition but recognises that change and growth is natural and it is inclusive.  This is what the Irish flag means to Kara.


best social media 

shane carroll, north monastery secondary school, cork