Launch of Ashling Murphy Scholarship at conference

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) and Mary Immaculate College have today launched an entrance scholarship in memory of primary school teacher Ashling Murphy. The scholarship was launched in Tullamore, at the start of the INTO Education Conference.

This scholarship will be jointly awarded by Mary Immaculate College and the INTO in the amount of €4,000, which will be a bursary awarded to a first year Bachelor of Education student for their exceptional achievement and talent in the field of traditional Irish music.

Applications will open on 30 November 2022. The closing date is 1 September on the year of entry to Mary Immaculate College.

Professor Eugene Wall, President of Mary Immaculate College said:

In launching this scholarship, we will continue to cherish Ashling’s memory and her many accomplishments, her love of music and her skills as an educator. Ashling exemplified the qualities of what it means to be an excellent primary teacher. She was warm, caring, effervescent, diligent and so lavishly talented. We’re uniquely fortunate in this country to attract student teachers of Ashling’s calibre and we are pleased that this scholarship in her memory will benefit those who share Ashling’s passions.”

John Boyle, General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation said:

Adored by her pupils, respected by her peers and admired by so many in her native County Offaly and beyond, we felt it was important to honour Ashling Murphy’s memory in a lasting way. On behalf of our members across the country, we hope this scholarship will serve as a lasting tribute to Ashling, her family and all who knew her.”

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