Former Naas CBS student Ronan Mac Giolla Rua (19) has become the first Co. Kildare man to win a prestigious Naughton Scholarship at Trinity College.
The scholarship is funded by Glen Dimplex, which was set up as Glen Electric by Dr. Martin Naughton, who attended the award ceremony as did Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn and Dr. Patrick Prendergast, Provost of TCD.
The scholarships are awarded for the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths).
A total of 21 scholarships were awarded within TCD this academic year and one went to Kate Ennis, a former student at St. Wolstan’s, Celbridge.
Ronan is the eldest child of Noel and Joan, teachers of Home Economics and Biology respectively at De La Salle Churchtown and Rathcoole Community School, who live at Broadfield View, Naas.
Ronan’s younger sister Clodagh is a 6th year student at St. Mary’s College, Naas. He and Conor Davis were the best performing Leaving Cert students in Naas and the pair were among the 0.3% of students nationally to perform so highly. Ronan received four A1s in Maths (Hons), Applied Maths (Hons), Physics (Hons) and Accounting (Hons) and missed out on a fifth (by 5 marks) in Chemistry (Hons). A canoeist, he won his category in the 2012 Liffey Descent.