Lord Mayor launches North Monastery Centenary Bursary Scheme


22nd April 2021

On Wednesday April 21st, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Joe Kavanagh, launched a Bursary Scheme for the North Monastery Secondary School.

The bursaries are supported by a past pupil of the school through the Boston-based Irish Education Foundation. The initiative will provide financial assistance each year to 4 students graduating to third level or to further education for the duration of their programme.  


The scheme is to be known as the Centenary Bursary Scheme and follows a very successful commemorations programme in the school. In the turbulent year of 1920 three Lord Mayors were elected in Cork – Tomás MacCurtain, Terence McSwiney and Donal Óg Ó Callaghan – all three were past pupils of the North Monastery.  A Memorial Garden for the three 1920 Lord Mayors was launched by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin in December 2020 as part of the School Commemorations Programme.  

The Bursary Scheme draws on the school’s rich history whilst providing valuable financial support for Leaving Certificate students furthering their education following graduation from the school.


“The Centenary Bursary Scheme will enable these students to develop their potential and to further their education beyond second level,” said the Lord Mayor. “It is a fitting legacy of the school’s commemorations programme and a recognition of the unique contribution that the school has made to the history of this City.”


School Principal, Ms. Grace O’ Sullivan expressed her thanks to those who made the Bursary Scheme possible. “The funding for the bursaries is extremely generous and in the difficult times we find ourselves the Scheme will provide important incentive and motivation for students.  The school community is very thankful for the support of the Foundation.”