Luke & Shannon

The Michael Sweetman Educational trust will be sending 24 LCA students from around Ireland to the European Parliament.  Two of these students, Luke Lynch and Shannon Cash, are from St. Kevin’s Community College Dunlavin.  They will spend a day in the shoes of an MEP and learning about the workings of the European Institutions.

The Michael Sweetman Educational Trust was established in 1975 in memory of economist Michael Sweetman, one of 118 people who died in an airplane accident on 18 June 1972.  An advocate of Ireland’s entry into the then-European Economic Community, Mr Sweetman was a former Director of the Irish Council of the European Movement (now European Movement Ireland). Following his death, it was decided by his friends and associates to establish an Education Trust in his memory.  From 1976, this Trust took the form of an essay competition.  The format now embraces the Contemporary Issues Task (with a European dimension) of the Leaving Certificate Applied course for students of ETB Schools, Colleges or Centres.