Two Kerry students receive scholarship
SISTER Margaret Mary Daly from Killarney celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday last in Austin, Texas. Sister Margaret was honoured at the Irish Embassy in Austin where she was presented with a letter and monetary gift from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
The Irish Ambassador to the USA and his wife presented flowers to Margaret and visited her at the retirement centre in San Antonio. Her nephew is Rev Danny Broderick, who serves in the Kerry Diocese.
The Irish Consul, in his remarks on Sister Margaret’s 100 years of life and service, spoke of the many historical events, both national and international, that were part of her lifetime experience.
He also commented on her WWII experiences and of her having to travel to USA by the German Ship, SS Berlin.
He then read the letter from President Michael Higgins and awarded the monetary gift for her 100th Birthday. Sister Margaret Mary was overcome with joy and gratitude at the outpouring of love and appreciation on behalf of the Irish President and Irish people.
Mr Adrian Farrell, Consul General, was also among those who travelled from the Irish Embassy in Austin to honour her on her big birthday celebration. KERRY students Diarmaid Nagle and Darren Crowley were among 125 Irish students awarded a 2018 All-Ireland scholarship, granting them full academic financial support for their third-level studies by sponsor JP McManus.
Students at Pobalscoil Sliabh Luachra and St Brendan’s College, respectively, they were commended for their achievements by Limerick Senior Hurling Manager John Kiely and Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor.