*Joshua Boylan receives the Feargal Quinn Award from Jerome Chambers, President of the Leaving Certificate Applied National Association with Michele O’ Keeffe from Clare Youth Service. 

AN ENNIS student has won the prestigious Fearghal Quinn Award in recognition of his achievement of full marks in last year’s Leaving Cert Applied.

Joshua Boylan who studied at the Clare Youth Service Community Training Centre was honoured at the end of January for getting top marks.

Presented by the Leaving Cert Applied National Association (LCANA), the Feargal Quinn Awards are given to students who obtain the top credits in the Leaving Certificate Applied Examination. The awards are financed by sponsorship from the late Fergal Quinn and are named after the senator and entrepreneur who was the first Chairperson of the steering committee for the new Leaving Certificate Applied when it was first introduced almost thirty years ago.

It was he who oversaw the roll out of the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, embedding it in the Irish education system and ensuring its continuing development in the following years.

Ennis native Joshua studied for the LCA at the Community Training Centre in Carmody Street and has since progressed to study Software Development in Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE).

Michele O’ Keefe of the Clare Youth Service, paid tribute to Joshua. “He is a wonderful student with excellent attendance, dedication and commitment to the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme. Joshua grew in confidence throughout the two year programme and excelled in all projects, course work and especially in his final exams achieving 100%”.

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