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Meelick’s Orla recognised for psychology presentation

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*Orla O’Gorman & Dr Marc Scully, Psychology lecturer at MIC. 

Clare student Orla O’Gorman was commended at the recent 41st Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland.

Orla who completed her final year exams at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in the past month had previously been one of six psychology students from the Limerick college recognised for their research.

Her oral presentation, Teachers’ perceived self-efficacy including children with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream classes was awarded a commendation. The Meelick natiave has been a B Ed in Education and Psychology student at Mary Immaculate College for the past four years.

Caherciveeen’s Kevin O’Sullivan was the overall winner for his presentation, Lack of diversity in student teacher’s socio-economic status: does it really matter? Louise Cashman (Glanmire), Stephanie Earley (Carrick-on-Shannon), Ciara Sweeney (Askeaton) and Kate Sweeney (Killarney) were also commended for their work.

Acting Dean of Arts and Head of the Psychology Department at MIC, Dr. John Perry stated, “It is a privilege to see students studying psychology at MIC continue to shine on a national stage. Our students have a proud record of receiving awards and commendations, particularly from the PSI annual student congress. The students presenting their work at congress, including those who did not receive an award or commendation on the day, are an absolute pleasure to teach, supervise, and to get to know. I am not at all surprised that MIC students would get such recognition, as we habitually see their ability and hard work.”


Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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