Leaving Certificate Biology: IBIOLI Gold Medal Winners, 2015

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Gold Medal Winners, 2015

Report written by Frank McGourty, IBIOLI Secretary


The Institute of Biology of Ireland awarded gold medals to the highest performing students in this year’s Leaving Certificate Biology examinations at a ceremony in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin on November 20th 2015.

At this annual event three winners drawn from various parts of the country were presented with medals. In addition, each were granted student membership of the Institute of Biology.

In his introduction to the awards, Dr David O’Connor, Chairman, Institute of Biology of Ireland emphasized the very high achievements of the award winners. The Institute of Biology of Ireland wished to recognize the hard work and commitment shown by these students and, therefore, it was very pleased to award each of them the cherished gold medal for excellence.

Dr O’Connor also paid tribute to each of the schools and the teachers who contributed to the success of these students. He awarded School Commendation Certificates to each School. In addition, he awarded Teaching Commendation Certificates to each teacher.

The winners were:

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Dr. David O’Connor presenting Anna Walpole with the Gold Medal and Certificate. 

1. Anna Walpole, Presentation Convent Secondary School, Kilkenny

Teacher:  Ms Caitlin Brennan

Anna is currently studying Actuarial and Financial Mathematics at UCD.

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Dr. David O’Connor presenting Aisling Doran with the Gold Medal and Certificate.

2. Aisling Doran, St. Angela’s College, Griffith College Campus, Wellington Rd., Cork

Teacher:  Ms Cara McAdam

Aisling is currently studying Medicine at UCC.

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Dr. David O’Connor presenting Conor with the Gold Medal and Certificate.

3. Conor Bell, De La Salle Secondary School, Dundalk

Teacher:  Ms Ann Barrett

Conor is currently studying Veterinary Medicine at UCD.