A Letterkenny student has been awarded a new scholarship to further her studies in modern Irish history.

Megan McAuley, a student of Maynooth University, is the recipient of the inaugural Offaly History/P. & H. Egan History Scholarship. She will receive financial assistance in her post graduate studies of modern Irish history at Ph. D level.

Megan was awarded the support after impressing with her academic credentials, project, presentation, and interview performance.

She is the daughter of Pauline and Joe McAuley of Letterkenny. She has held a strong interest and love of history since her school days at Loreto Secondary School, where she came first in History in the Leaving Certificate of 2016.

Professor Terence Dooley at the Department of History at Maynooth University said: “We were thrilled with the standard demonstrated by all our applicants, most particularly the successful candidate. I am confident this student will be a magnificent ambassador for the scholarship.”

President of Offaly History Helen Bracken said: “We are pleased to announce this collaborative venture with P. & H. Egan in providing such a valued scholarship, as well as our partnership with Maynooth University. This joint venture will help advance ongoing research and improve our  understanding of modern Irish history from the mid-sixteenth century onwards. Teaming with P. & H. Egan helps continue their long standing connection to the Midlands of Ireland for over the past two hundred years.”