The Michael Power Student Scholarship will be offered again next year to a Leaving Cert student from Carrick-on-Suir CBS Secondary School, Dr John Nolan and Professor Stephen Beatty, directors of the WIT based research company Nutrasight Consultancy Ltd have announced.
The scholarship, worth E1000, will give a student in the summer after sitting their Leaving Cert exams the opportunity to prepare for further education or work life by working with top research scientists at WIT and getting practical experience of conducting research projects and performing laboratory work.
Dr Nolan, a native of Carrick-on-Suir and past pupil of Carrick-on-Suir CBS, worked with the school’s student council and retired CBS teach Noel Casey to develop the scholarship, which is open to all sixth year students.
He has dedicated it to the memory of his beloved grandfather Michael Power, a native of John Street, Carrick-on-Suir. who passed away in 2006 at the age of 83.
In a moving tribute, Dr Nolan said his grandfather was a very happy, deeply Christian man, who believed strongly in the value of education and spent time with him every day of his childhood.
He credits his grandad’s love of reading and encouragement to him and his siblings to do well in school to the success they have gone on to achieve.
Dr Nolan said his grandfather read to them as children and worked to improve their literacy throughout their lives.
“Michael respected education so much and was a very able scholar in his day,” Dr Nolan recalled. “The times he lived in were hard and money for education was not an option for many young men of his time.
“At thirteen he went out to work to support his family and his ailing mother. Tragically, his mother and father passed away within six months of each other when he was just 17 years of age and he was left with brothers and sisters to help to rear.
“He married Mamie Fahey in 1945 and had three children Michael, Cathleen and Helen. Tragically two of his children died in infancy and so he devoted the rest of his days to the love and care of his daughter, Helen, who lives today in William Street with her husband John D Nolan.
“He adopted a son Denis, who completed his family and who lives now in the UK with his wife and two children, grandchildren of whom Michael was also very proud.”
Dr Nolan also recalled that his grandfather was a keen Tipperary hurling supporter, who loved the simple things in life like fishing, his bike, the chat with a neighbour, collecting nick knacks, a Sunday pint with his brother or the Ireland’s Own magazine.
“As a family man, there are few that could match his example of love, strength, support and kindness. He was a loving and romantic husband, a devoted father, an inspiring grandfather and proud great grandfather of nine.
“Up to the time of his death at 83, his enthusiasm for life and his energy were an inspiration to all. He cared attentively and affectionately for his wife Mamie, who depended on him.
“He would cycle to the shop and mass when younger men would take their cars. He worked two jobs most of his life between the Presentation Convent Garden and the Tannery.
“The Presentation Garden was his pride and joy and ironically it was in his own garden hosing down the tarmac, that God called him home on February 14, 2006.
“If he were alive today he would be very proud to be associated with an educational scholarship to enhance the learning of young Carrick students. He would encourage them to stay in school, do their best with their homework, listen to their teachers and go as far as they can in college,” Dr Nolan concluded.