A BURSARY to honour more than 50 years of dedicated service to the credit union movement by the late John Hennessy has been awarded by Unity Credit Union to University of Limerick law and accounting student John O’Connor.
Unity Credit Union introduced the Bursary last January in memory of the late John Hennessy who passed away in May 2019. A man with a great passion for education, he dedicated his life to the credit union, undertaking various roles from volunteering, to being on the board, a member of the board oversight committee and serving as Chairman.
The award was open to all new and existing credit union members to assist them with their chosen education path if they were commencing a full time Irish third level CAO course in September.
Chief executive Pat Owens said that Unity Credit Union was delighted to have the opportunity to help John and his family over the next four years of his studies at UL.
“We were blown away by the high standard of applications and were sorry we could not give more back to all the applicants,” he added.
Bursary recipient John O’Connor said that the award was an incredible tribute to John Hennessy and he looked forward to representing the bursary and Mr Hennessy as best he could throughout his four years of college.
The late Mr Hennessy’s wife Marie thanked Unity Credit Union for honouring her husband’s memory in such a meaningful way.
“The Credit Union was a big part of John’s life and he was dedicated to its principles. The fact that a young person will benefit from the bursary is wonderful. I wish to congratulate John O’Connor on his exceptional essay and on winning the bursary and I wish him every success in his chosen career”.
University of Limerick Law and Accounting Course Director Dr John Hennegan acknowledged the generosity of Unity Credit Union in helping John to develop his career.”