Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 Drogheda Institute’s Graduation ceremony for 2020 was first postponed and ultimately cancelled.  The awarding of the Student of the Year prizes went ahead however, with a small ceremony involving four outstanding students from the 2020 cohort.  Certificates and prizes were presented to the three nominees for the overall DIFE student of the year, to the Beauty Therapy student of the year and to the Law student of the year. 

Holly O’Brien from Skerries, won the overall student of the year award.  She completed a QQI Level 5 certificate in Pre-University Law with Criminology.  She was an exceptionally hardworking student who achieved distinctions in all nine of her subjects.  Holly involved herself in many aspects of college life, was elected to the Student Council and served as one of the student representatives on the Board of Management.  Holly is now studying Law in Trinity College Dublin. 
The other nominees for the Student of the Year award were Molly Stoneman and Josh Clarke, both from Drogheda.  Molly completed a QQI Level 5 certificate in Pre-University Nursing and has progressed to DCU where she is studying General Nursing.  Josh achieved a QQI Level 5 certificate in Pre-University Arts and is now studying History and Archaeology in UCD. 

The Kiara Duncan Perpetual Trophy was presented to Audrey O’Brien, the Beauty Therapy Student of the Year.  This trophy is dedicated to Kiara, a former Beauty Therapy student in DIFE, who died tragically in a road traffic accident in Australia in 2007.  Following Kiara’s passing, the Beauty Department created The Kiara Duncan Memorial Trophy in her memory and every year since it has been presented to the student who has shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and willingness to embrace all the opportunities presented to them.  Audrey O’Brien certainly is a deserving recipient of this prestigious award. 
Holly O’Brien received a second prize on the day.  O’Reilly Thomas Solicitors sponsored a generous prize for the Law Student of the Year.  The college is very grateful to O’Reilly Thomas for their cooperation in allowing students to complete work experience with them every year since the course began and indeed to all the other solicitors’ firms who have provided this vital opportunity for college students.  

DIFE Principal Davy McDonnell congratulated all the students present on their achievements and wished them and the DIFE students in the class of 2020 every success in their future endeavors. 

Applications for Drogheda Institute for full time courses commencing September 2021 are currently open at www.dife.ie