Trinity award for Clane science student Dawn Kelly

Initiative partnered by Intel

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress


Trinity award for Clane science student Dawn Kelly

Eoin Caffrey and Dawn Kelly

A Clane girl who did classic studies for her Leaving Cert was recently named as a winner of the 2019 Trinity Employability Award.

Dawn Kelly was selected as one of the two winners of the 2019 award, an initiative partnered by Intel. The announcement was made at a special ceremony at Trinity College which took place in March.

Dawn went to school at Hewetson in Clane and later attended Wilson’s and Wesley College.

Along with Limerick student, Eoin Caffrey, Dawn, a third year student in the Nanoscience, Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials programme in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, was successful after judges whittled down the group to six finalists, after they shared their experience.

The six finalists emerged from 56 on the Intel Ireland related programme, which included a visit to Intel plant in Leixlip.

They then made a short presentation to the assembled audience and judging panel, before the two overall winners were announced and presented their awards by Trinity College Vice-Provost Chris Morash and Intel Ireland Research Manager Bernie Capraro.

The two winners received a cash prize of €1,500 as well as a laptop device.

Dawn, who now lives in Dublin, is the daughter of Lisa, who lives in Clane and Vincent, who lives with his wife, Grazia, in Naas.

She told the Leader she did classical studies, including studying the Odyssey. “I did not know what I wanted to do until 6th year but it has worked out well,” said Dawn. She has won a scholarship at Trinity for the next five years when she plans to do a Phd in materials and nanoscience.