11 December 2019
By Elaine Murphy
Three Cork students have received awards for academic excellence from CPA Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
The award winners were Hanna Gilicze from Dillon’s Cross who was the top performer in the Formation 2 paper on Information Systems (award sponsored by DNA IT); Eileen Hurley from Castledonovan, Drimoleague who achieved the best results in the paper on Professional 2 Advanced Taxation (award was sponsored by MKC Communications); and Mark O’Sullivan from Carrigaline, for his performance in the Professional 1 paper on Corporate Reporting (award sponsored by Fitzgerald and Partners).
Bandon accountant Gearóid O’Driscoll, who is current President of CPA Ireland, spoke at the graduation ceremony. He challenged young accountants to show leadership in the fight against climate change. O’Driscoll said “The scale of the climate crisis is now widely understood, but too few businesses and individuals are examining how society can combat this. Every business in Ireland from the largest multinational to a fledgeling start-up will avail of the advice of qualified accountants. As a profession, we have a responsibility to help businesses measure their climate impact and lead businesses to transition to a low carbon economy.”
“In conjunction with our sponsors, CPA Ireland each year presents an award to those students who have achieved the highest examination mark in each subject for the CPA examinations. Congratulations Hanna, Eileen, Mark and to all the 2019 prize-winners who come from diverse roles in both practice and industry and thank you to all our partner firms involved in this event.”