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Rush Student Awarded UCD Ad Astra Scholarship

A former pupil of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush, Culann Noonan, has been awarded an Ad Astra Academy scholarship for academic excellence by University College Dublin.

Culann Noonan, 18, from Rush was awarded an Ad Astra Academy scholarship for his outstanding academic achievement at an awards ceremony on January 30th, to celebrate the University’s new high calibre students.

Culann is a qualified Gaelic Games referee for juvenile matches and has played hurling and Gaelic football throughout his school years, both for his school and club. He was also on the North Dublin Development Hurling Panel at U13 and U14 level. He has volunteered extensively with So Joseph’s Secondary School with SVP to order, assemble and package Christmas hampers for local recipients that involved several weekend mornings fundraising via bag-packing in supermarkets.

Culann was one of the inaugural Iveagh Scholars in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) in Transition Year, which meant he got to meet President Michael D. Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin, as well as the then Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan, Secretary General Niall Burgess and the Mayor of Belfast in the Belfast City Hall.

He has debated in the National Model UN competition in UCC and received an award for distinguished delegate of his council having represented the Ukraine and the US. He has also debated in the EU Parliament building in Strasbourg as part of the Euroscola competition. This involved speaking publicly in front of several hundred delegates, which was then translated into many EU languages.
Culann is currently studying in his first year of an undergraduate degree in Actuarial & Financial Studies at UCD.