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The ‘Tracey Family’ Physics Award

20th September 2022


The Tracey Family Award!


The ‘Tracey Family Award’ for the top Physics A level student this year has been awarded to Paul Cunningham! Paul achieved an A* in Physics. He received a generous Bursary of £1000 which will be a great help as he embarks on his Physics course in Queens University Belfast.


This is a well deserved award for Paul who is described by his former Physics teacher Mr McCann as ‘an excellent pupil……who will be an amazing addition to his university as he takes on his degree challenge!’

High praise for a top student and a great example for those Physics students following behind him.

A massive thank you to the Tracey Family for their generosity. The Bursary is awarded by Colm Tracey who was a past pupil of the school.

Colm was an outstanding student and left St Marys in 1985 to go on to study Electrical Engineering. After graduation Colm worked in Japan for two years beofre moving to Silicon Valley California with the Fujikura company.

Colm returned home to Ireland and in 2009 he helped found Eishtec which employed 1000 people throughout Ireland before the Coolnasilla born entrepeneur sold the company in 2019. What a great journey for our pupls to take inspiration from!

We are very grateful to Colm for travelling from his home in Waterford to present the Award.

His father Dan Tracey  taught St Marys for a significant number of Years across both the old Barrack Street and Glen Road sites. It is great to see the Tracey family continuing to have a positive impact on the students of St Marys!


Well done Paul and good luck with everything that your future holds!!

Mr Kelly

Head of Science

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