The Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary

The Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary Launch

Media Release

Thursday 11th June 2015


As a result of a number of meetings between grandchildren of the late Cllr Richard O’Carroll and members of the Labour Party, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and the National Drugs will launch the Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary in honour of Trade Unionist and Revolutionary Socialist Cllr Richard O’Carroll TC who died for his country on 5th May 1916.

Cllr O’Carroll was one of the founding fathers of the Labour Party in Clonmel, 1912 and was the only elected representative to be killed during the Rising.  He also served on the National Executive of the PUC and Labour Party and was a member of the Parliamentary Committee.

The Bursary goes towards recognising the work O’Carroll did with the Labour Party, The Ancient Guild of Brick & Stonelayers Trade Union and most importantly for his contribution to the Freedom of Ireland.

During his life he promoted the value of education which is why the Labour Party seeks to remember him by launching this bursary.  O’Carroll’s epitaph reads “he loved his country and he served his class”.

Guest speakers include Dick O’Carroll, Grandson of Richard O’Carroll and Padraig Yeates, Historian and Author at the Labour Party 1916 Bursary Launch this Saturday 13th June at 4pm at the Tom Johnson Summer School 2015 at Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny.



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    The Labour Party’s Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary is named in memory of the leader of the Labour Group on Dublin Corporation who was killed in the 1916 Easter Rising, Councillor Richard O’Carroll.

    In addition to his involvement in the Dublin Labour Party, Richard O’Carroll was an official of the Brick and Stonelayers Trade Union. During the Rising, Richard was shot by a British officer on Camden Street on the 26th of April 1916. Despite being rescued by a passing bread van and brought to hospital, Richard died nine days later in Portobello Military Hospital, leaving behind his widow, Annie, and seven children.

    In agreement with Richard O’Carroll’s family, the Labour Party has chosen to commemorate the life and legacy of Cllr O’Carroll by assisting young people in continuing their education. Education is the great liberator. It is, and always has been, a key priority of the Labour Party over the past 103 years. Throughout his activist years, O’Carroll believed passionately in empowering young people through education and we hope that the Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary will assist young people in further or higher education.

    2016 Bursary Criteria and Application Procedure

    One Bursary of €2000 will be allocated in the first term of the 2016-2017 academic year to the successful applicant
    Applications will be considered, and the successful applicant will be selected, by a subcommittee of the Labour Party 1916 Centenary Commemoration Committee.
    The successful applicant will be notified before 5pm on Friday 22 nd of July
    Interested students who meet the following criteria are invited to submit an application:
    You have attended a Deis School (you can check your school’s status from the Department of Education website here)
    You have completed the Leaving Cert within the past three years
    You must be currently in further or higher education
    You must fully complete the 2016 Labour Party Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary online application form and submit it before 5pm on Friday the 8 th of July 2016


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