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OWEN SHEEHY- SKEFFINGTON MEMORIAL AWARDS
Owen Sheehy Skeffington (1909-1970) was a radical socialist pacifist who believed passionately in the freedom of the mind. He was a champion of the rights of the underdog and his anti-authoritarian stance often brought him into sharp disagreement with the more conservative institutions of the day, though there were few who did not respect his integrity, honesty and moral courage. He lectured in the French Department of TCD from 1933 until his death, and represented the College in the Senate between 1954 and 1970, displaying in both roles a strong sense of humour. More focused on people than on academic ambition, he devoted much time and patience to his students, advising them on personal as well as educational matters. His keen interest in accuracy in the spoken French language led him to encourage all students of French to spend time in France, which makes the travelling scholarship particularly fitting memorial to him.
Established from funds contributed in memory of Dr Owen Sheehy-Skeffington, this annual award (€2000) takes the form in alternate years of a Travel Scholarship and a Maintenance Grant. In 2019-20 the Travel Scholarship will be awarded. The Travel Scholarship is awarded for travel to France to any student registered in an institute of higher education in Ireland. Applicants for this year's Travel Scholarship should clearly demonstrate the specific benefit the award will bring their research. The successful candidate must provide a brief report on their study trip to France on completion of the project.