Claremorris Native wins US Fulbright Award

Posted in Connect on January 19, 2015.


Nóirín Ní Laighin ó Mhaigh Eo a bheidh ag múineadh Gaeilge in Ollscoil Notre Dame, Indiana an bhliain acadúil seo chugainn.

Nóirín Ní Laighin from Bekan, Claremorris, Co. Mayo was one of 37 recipients honoured with a Fulbright award on Friday 15th June 2012 at an event at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Nóirín will teach Irish in the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

The Fulbright Awards are presented on an annual basis to Irish students, scholars and professionals to undertake postgraduate study and research at higher education, cultural and related institutions in the United States.

The awards are jointly funded by the Irish and US governments under the Ireland-United States (Fulbright) Commission for Educational Exchange. Fulbright scholarships have provided Irish students, scholars and professionals with the opportunity to study, lecture and research at top universities and institutions in the U.S. since 1957.

This year’s recipients will attend leading institutions across the US including NASA, Harvard, Columbia, MIT, NYU, Berkeley, Fordham, Notre Dame, Northeastern, Villanova and UCLA.

Speaking about this year’s Fulbright Awards, Ms Una Halligan, Chair of the Fulbright Commission said:

“The breadth of each recipient’s field of expertise highlights the innovative nature of Fulbright which values all disciplines equally. Although their subjects are varied, each of these recipients has one very important trait in common – outstanding leadership ability. This is the true essence and purpose of Fulbright'”.




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