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Portlaoise CBS award two scholarships for incoming first years ahead of new academic year

Two incoming first years have won the St Marys CBS “From each his best” scholarship awards for 2021/2022.

Eoghan Deegan of St Colman’s National School in Stradbally and Daniel Downey of Ratheniska National School were presented with their scholarships recently.

Portlaoise CBS has offered two scholarships due to the high number of applications in recent years.

As part of this new initiative, the CBS is seeking to combine academic excellence, sporting ambition and all-round character development with a close working relationship between teachers and parents.

These scholarships aim to facilitate the holistic development of CBS students by rewarding those who strive to achieve academic excellence in conjunction with their sporting careers.

The scholarship covers the cost of an iPad, books and school uniform and will continue for the duration of the student’s first academic year.

Eoghan Deegan has an interest in numerous sports such as GAA, athletics and soccer.

He has captained numerous teams as a natural leader and has won community games finals.

He has showcased some of his academic ability with the magnificent results he received in the scholarship exam.

Daniel Downey has had numerous sporting endeavours with athletics, GAA, soccer and rugby.

He has represented Laois and Leinster at provincial and national levels. He has had All-Ireland success in cross country and is the current record holder for the 600m indoors sprint.

He has also had cross-country and long jump success along with numerous GAA accolades.

His excellent academic ability helped Daniel to achieve fantastic results in his scholarship entrance exam.

Well done lads!

Eoghan Deegan with his family and principal Maura Murphy
Daniel Downey with his parents and principal Maura Murphy

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