A presentation each year is made by Tormey’s Solicitors to the Leaving Certificate student with the highest points achieved in the Leaving Certificate.
The students are drawn from students in the Athlone, Moate, Ferbane, Ballymahon, Roscommon, Ballinasloe and Tullamore school areas, who are first year law students.
Third place this year at the Barra Flynn Memorial Presentation went to former Gallen CS student James Nally. James, who is studying Law and Accounting at the University of Limerick. James received 485 points in his Leaving Cert.
Athlone CC student Gavin Ward received the first prize while Ballinasloe student Patrick Coffey received second prize.
This will be the 20th presentation of the scholarship, and whilst there are now a number of scholarships presented by corporate bodies within the Athlone area, Tormeys Solicitors was the first.
Previous presenters of the prize were Oliver A Macklin, President of the District Court, Mr Harry Whelehan, SC, Mr. Justice JJP MacKenzie, Mr. Justice TC Smyth, Mr. Justice Diarmuid O’Donovan, Deputy Albert Reynolds, TD, Mr. Justice Richard Johnston, Mr. Justice Joseph Finnegan, Judge Desmond Hogan, retired Judge Michael Connellan and Denis Naughten, TD
The Scholarship is valued at €1,200 for first place, €600 for second place and €300 for third place and will be payable for one year to students attending a faculty of law in any University in the republic of Ireland.
In addition we will donate the sum of €500 to the winning school. The winning school will have the highest cumulative points for law students within that year and this year the prize went to Athlone CC.