Marian Catholic student from Lansing receives Gaelic Park Irish Heritage Scholarship

Marian Catholic
Left to right: Gaelic Park Board Member Brendan Houlihan, Kiernan McSwiggan '22, Roisin Walsh '22, Gaelic Park Board Member Barney Farrelly, Gaelic Park Board Member Colleen Reidy, and Sr. Judine Hilbing, OP, Director of Scholarship & Tuition Assistance for Marian Catholic. (Photo provided)
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CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 25, 2021) – Two Marian Catholic students are the recipients of the 2020-2021 Gaelic Park Irish Heritage Scholarship, one of whom is from Lansing.

Accomplished Marian Catholic students

Kiernan McSwiggan of Lansing and Roisin Walsh of Tinley Park, members of the class of 2022, were selected to receive the scholarship in the award’s inaugural year. Both are AP and Honors students and members of Marian Catholic’s accomplished band.

“Marian Catholic is extremely pleased to partner with Gaelic Park in our shared goal of promoting quality education for outstanding students,” said Sr. Judine Hilbing OP, Director of Scholarships/Tuition Assistance. “Roisin and Kiernan are highly valued members of our school community who demonstrate musical talent, academic excellence, and a strong community spirit. We are grateful that the Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Heritage Scholarship will help to further their continued education at Marian Catholic High School.”

Gaelic Park

The mission of Gaelic Park is to preserve and promote the culture and heritage of Ireland – the Irish national games, the music, dance, language, literature, theatre, art, and religion of Ireland. Located in Oak Forest, Illinois, Gaelic Park is an athletic and cultural center that serves local community groups and organizations in addition to hosting weddings and other events including Irish Fest held annually on Memorial Weekend.

The purpose of the award is to support the advancement of education in Gaelic Park’s greater community. Award winners have exemplary academic and disciplinary records, demonstrate financial need, aspire to continue their academic pursuits after graduation, and are involved in school or community related activities. Additionally, preference is given to students of Irish American heritage.

Marian Catholic High School is located at 700 Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights, IL.