Rockwell College pupil Moya Whelan (LC 2019) from Clonmel was one of four young people recognised by the Business Studies Teachers’ Association Ireland on Friday January 24th at the annual Business Achievement Awards. The Awards are presented each year to the examination candidate who achieves the highest grade nationally in Leaving Certificate Accounting, Business and Economics and in Junior Cycle Business Studies. The event, hosted and sponsored by the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland, welcomes the winners and their families, teachers and Principals for the presentation of gold medals and certificates of achievement. Moya was receiving her award in recognition of her outstanding result of 99% in the 2019 Leaving Certificate examination.


Guest speaker at the event was former Ireland rugby player Jamie Heaslip, who has engaged in a number of successful business ventures since his retirement from rugby. He spoke on the need for commitment to a task, reminding those attending that “talent is nothing without discipline”. President of the BPFI Gavin Kelly noted the important contribution of parents and schools to the candidates’ success and in particular the contribution of their teachers. He noted that Moya’s teacher, Michael Doyle Jnr., had also taught the 2018 Business Award winner, Ben McDonald and congratulated Mr. Doyle on this extraordinary achievement of back-to-back winners.


All the winners this year came from Munster, with Séan Dillon (Business) from Coláiste an Spiorad Naoimh, Cork; Bailey O’Rourke-Lane (Economics) from Hospital in Co. Limerick and Clíodhna Cashman (JC Business Studies) from Midleton in Co. Cork.


Moya Whelan is currently attending Trinity College Dublin, where she is taking Management Science & Information Systems Studies. She was accompanied at the Awards ceremony by her parents John & Carmel Whelan and her two sisters.

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Pictured: Gold Medal Winner Moya Whelan (centre) with teacher Michael Doyle (left) and Jamie Heaslip (right)