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Schoolgirl commemorates 400th anniversary of local historical figure with memorial plaque

Sarah Jane Murphy

Published 09/07/2015 | 15:07

Alicia Premkumar
Alicia Premkumar

A schoolgirl with a passion for history was the driving force behind a memorial plaque being unveiled at Lismore Castle, Waterford last month.

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Alicia Premkumar (12), a pupil at Scoil Mhuire Gan Snal in Carlow Town, set herself the task of compiling a comprehensive essay on local historical figure Lady Ranelagh, the sister of Robert Boyle.

It will be published in 'Decies' The Journal of Waterford Historical and Archeological Society in November 2015.

Alicia's project was brought to the attention to the National Committee for Commemorative Plaques for Science and Technology, and as a result a ceremony was organised to mark the 400th anniversary of Lady Ranelagh's birth.


An American historian, Dr Michelle di Meo, who assisted Alicia with her research, was on hand at the ceremony to give a brief outline of the life of this extraordinary woman.

It is quite an achievement for a girl of such tender years. Alicia said that last Saturday was "one of the very best days of my life". She wants to train as a botanist when she is older.

Her proud Mum Carol said that Alicia's considerable talents aren't limited to the academic sphere "She is a keen actor and is due to play a lead role in a local production this Christmas."

Alicia is due to start secondary school at St. Leo's School, Carlow Town, in September.

Alicia Premkumar
Alicia Premkumar

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