Son of city scores super hat-trick

    From left, Dr Tom O'Toole (Head of School), Martin Freyne (PWC), Louise Honey (Merit Award), Noel Whelan (Scholarship Recipient), Mury Idris (Merit Award), Nick Byrne (Merit Award), Ger Long (Head of School), Paul Treacy (Programme Leader), Rosemarie Kelly (Lecturer in WIT) 

    A TALENTED BA (Hons) in Accounting student, a son of Kilkenny City, was presented with three awards for his studies at WIT.

    Noel Whelan received the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA) Award, WIT School of Business Dean’s List for 2016-2017 and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Scholarship.

    Altogether 14 Kilkenny students made the WIT School of Business Dean’s List for 2016-2017.

    The Dean’s list comprises approximately the top 5% highest performers in the school each achieving first class honours in their continuing studies.

    Noel is a past pupil of St Kieran’s College Secondary School. His family includes his parents Fran and Gráinne Whelan and brother Andy Whelan.

    “I feel very fortunate to have been chosen for this award, particularly given the strength of the competition this year,” Noel said of the CIMA Award.

    Martin Freyne, Managing Partner of PWC, presented the PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Scholarship to Noel.

    The award is an annual prize given to a high achieving student who has completed year one of the BA (Hons) in Accounting programme.

    When Noel graduates from his course at WIT he plans to go on to do a Master of Business in Accounting, and pursue a career in Audit and Assurance.

    The School of Business hosted its 15th Annual Recognition of Awards to recognize continuing students with outstanding academic achievement in their previous year.

    The awards were called by the course leaders and presented by the Head of School (Dean) of Business, Dr Thomas O’Toole.

    “Recognition of student effort and excellence is something the School of Business continually does,” said Dr O’Toole.

    “These top performing students can influence others to achieve their potential as peer role models, and the recognition represents a mark of excellence to be included in recipients’ curriculum vitae.”

    Kilkenny Dean’s List students:

    BA (Hons) in Accounting: Noel Whelan, Ardnore and Gary Nolan, Castlecomer.

    Bachelor of Business (Hons) students Carrie Littlewood and Aoife Dunne, both Piltown, Nicole Rushe, Kilmacow, Chiara Raglia, Knocktopher.

    BA (Hons) in International Business, Jack Whelan, Carrigeen; BSc in Retail Management, Lauren Ryan, Thomastown.

    Bachelor of Business students Rachel Barron, Mullinavat, Lorraine West, Piltown, Bachelor of Business, Joe Guildea, College Road, Stephen Haberlin, Kilmacow.

    Higher Cert in Business ACCS students, Paul Eustace, Johnswell Road and Patricia Clarke, Mullinavat.

    Knocktopher girl on Dean’s List

    CHIARA Raglia, a Bachelor of Business (Hons) student is from Knocktopher, Coungy Kilkenny.

    She attended Scoil Aireagail Secondary School. Her family includes her mother, Helen Raglia and her sister, Jessica Raglia.

    “This achievement shows me that the work I have put into my college studies has paid off. And this now encourages me to continue working towards a high standard of work so that I can receive the best result I can in my final year,” she said.

    Student’s hard work pays

    MATURE student Paul Eustace From Jenkinstown Co Kilkenny and attended CBS Kilkenny.

    family include wife Luana, parents Una, the late Donal, and brother Neil.

    He said it was a great reward for the effort he put into his studies on the Higher Cert in Business (ACCS).


    Mum: Great example to kids

    HIGHER Certificate in Business Studies student Patricia Clarke is originally from Mooncoin and attended Mooncoin Vocational School.

    Her parents Mary and Pat Dalton are well known in Mooncoin. Patricia is married to Graham and they live with his children Amber and Aaron in Mullinavat.

    Patricia is a mature student and works as a supervisor on the N25 Toll Plaza in Waterford.

    “The company have been very supportive of my return to education. My family have been behind me every step of the way. It is really important to me that the kids see me putting hard work into my studies as it shows them that hard work does pay off in the long run. The children will sit their Leaving Certificate in the next two years,” she said.

    “My classmates and I all work full-time and study part-time at WIT and it feels great to have my hard work recognised. It really feels that it’s worth the sacrifices we make when WIT acknowledge results worth celebrating,” she added.

    When Patricia graduates from the Higher Cert in Business Studies she hopes to continue on to a degree course. Her plans are to graduate with a Batchelor of Business degree after four years and use it to progress her career.

    Two in a row for Joe

    JOE GUILDEA from Kilkenny City attended Youthreach Secondary School.

    She has won the Dean’s List two years in a row. Joe’s parents are Alan and Mary, and siblings are Anna and Robbie.

    Noel gets deserved award

    Noel Whelan from Kilkenny City receive an award from Dr Tom O’Toole