Three past pupils of Coláiste Dun Iascaigh returned to the Colaiste recently before embarking on the next step of their academic career. Maurice Casey, Cian Conlan-Smith and Brendan Roche all returned to the Colaiste to meet some of their former teachers to discuss how their career paths have been influenced by their Alma Mater.
Cian has the furthest to travel. He has been offered and has taken up a full scholarship in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illonois. Cian explained that he chose this University because it is in the top ten in the world for his chosen discipline.
Maurice Casey was offered a place at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. After visiting both colleges he chose Cambridge. Having completed his History and English degree at Trinity College with a first class honours, Maurice’s area of study will focus on a group of Irish feminists, republicans and artists who travelled to the Soviet Union in the 1930s in search of a revolutionary ideal for Ireland. Maurice’s research will include one local man: David Fitzgerald, a War of Independence veteran, a founding member of Saor Eire.
Brendan Roche will complete Ph.D. in UCD in Organic Science with full funding from the Science Foundation of Ireland. His research will focus on nickel catalyst and ligand design which will lead to the creation of catalysts that can be used for greater efficiency in medicinal drug development and other areas.
New Principal of the Colaiste Peter Creedon wished the boys good luck with their continued studies.