De La Salle College Waterford

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December 2015

Former De La Salle Student Ruari Nevin Maguire wins the prestigious Gwenda Hurst memorial medal


Ruari Nevin Maguire who did his Leaving Certificate in De La Salle College in June 2015 has won the Gwenda Hurst Memorial Medal for obtaining the highest result in Ireland in the Leaving Certificate higher level Geography paper. This is an outstanding achievement when one considers that 19,795 pupils sat the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Geography paper in Ireland. 3.2% achieved an A1 grade and Ruari’s result was the highest in the Country.


Last Wednesday 25th November the Gwenda Hurst medal was presented to Ruari in the library of De La Salle College. The presentation was made by Dr. Shelagh Waddington, Chair of the Gwenda Hurst Trustees and Mr. Cathal Loftus, President of the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland. A presentation was also made to Ruari’s Geography Teacher Ms. Orlaith Mc Sweeney.

The presentation was attended by Ruari’s parents Paul and Marie and his younger sister Iona together with extended members of the Maguire and Nevin family.


Also in attendance was the Principal Ms. Margaret Betts, Deputy Principals Mr. Declan O’Brien and Mr. Tom Bourke Yearhead Ms. Agnes Guerin, Mr. Fergus Dunne, Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. Andrew Cox, Chair of the South East Branch of the Geography Teachers of Ireland, Mr. Denis O’Shea retired Principal of Faithlegg NS and Ruari’s Geography teacher Orlaith Mc Sweeney and her parents Leo and Sile.

The staff and Management of De La Salle College would like to wish Ruari every success for the future. He is currently a Medical student in University College Cork and all in De La Salle College are very proud of his outstanding achievement.