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Killeeneen National School & Clarin College Athenry Alumnus Wins Earnshaw Award

25-March-23
From L-R: Nuala, Thomas, Jacinta & Tom

We are thrilled to share the news that our past pupil, Thomas Long, has been awarded the prestigious Earnshaw Award by the Institute of Physics. Thomas, who is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, was presented with the award during the Institute of Physics Spring Meeting in Armagh last Saturday.

The Earnshaw Award is an annual accolade presented by the Institute of Physics to the student who has produced the best undergraduate thesis and project across Ireland and Northern Ireland. It is a remarkable achievement, as the award is given to only one student across the island of Ireland each year.

Thomas hails from Killeeneen in Craughwell and attended Killeeneen National School before moving on to Clarin College Athenry. He went on to pursue his undergraduate degree in Astro Science at Trinity College Dublin, where he excelled in his studies and was awarded a Gold Medal. Upon his stellar academic performance, Thomas was offered a place at the prestigious University of Cambridge for his doctoral studies.

A proud Galway native, Thomas is the son of Tom Long from Killeeneen and Nuala Raftery from Ballinlough in Roscommon. He also has a sister, Jacinta, who is currently working as a secondary school teacher in Epping, London.

We are incredibly proud of Thomas and his accomplishments, and we wish him continued success in his academic journey and beyond.

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