Top academic award for Curracloe student
Published 29/12/2015 | 00:00
A Wexford graduate has won a top academic award at the University of Limerick for achieving the highest overall grades in her year.
Jane O'Faherty from Curracloe, has won the Highest QCA Award in Journalism 2015 and she was presented with her award this week at a special ceremony in the University of Limerick.
Presenting the award to Jane, University of Limerick Head of Journalism Mary Dundon said: 'It was no surprise to me or my colleagues that Jane won this award. Since she came here as a first year student she has been very diligent and has shown a keen news sense, good interviewing skills and an ability to source her own good investigative stories.'
Ms Dundon said that this hard work paid off for Jane when she was chosen from thousands of applicants for one of the Irish Independent's internships last summer.
'Jane has made her mark since her arrival in the Irish Independent in covering a wide range so stories and also generating her own individual stories. Her editor tells me that she is one of the best interns they have recruited to date.'
Thanking Ms Dundon for the award, Jane said: 'I am delighted to come back to UL to accept this award. While it's an honour to be recognised by the university, I should also say that achieving this never felt extremely difficult.
'I loved current affairs, I loved writing and I loved studying French as an elective here. The academic work was challenging, but in the best possible way. That makes everything a lot easier.'
Jane said she also made some of her best friends in UL and that she will always look back on those four years fondly.
I should also highlight the fantastic achievements of my fellow classmates as well. Many of them are working in Ireland and further afield, and they are all doing amazing things. We were a small group, but I know we're going to make a big difference.'