Inspirational Luke honoured for his contributions to student life

Paul Deering

Published 30/04/2013 | 05:40

At the award ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, were Luke’s parents, Martin and Margaret Savage, and students union officers, Anita Hurst and Paul Smith.
At the award ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, were Luke’s parents, Martin and Margaret Savage, and students union officers, Anita Hurst and Paul Smith.

An inspirational IT Sligo student who died last year has been honoured at an awards ceremony in Dublin.

The late Luke Savage was hailed for "Outstanding Contribution to Student Life."

His parents, Martin and Margaret were in Dublin for the inaugural USI "Student Achievement Awards Ireland 2013".

Twenty awards were made to students of Universities and Institutes of Technology in the Shelbourne Hotel.

Luke was singled out for his selfless support and enthusiasm in helping fellow students.

He was an active member of the Students' Union at IT Sligo.

Luke, who lived in Ballisodare, was a student on the Higher Certificate in Business course.

He passed away in June 2012.

The award was accepted by Anita Hurst, Student Union Education Officer and Paul Smith, Welfare Officer.

Luke was nominated for the award by Anita.

In her citation which was read out, she said Luke gave himself to everyone.

"Whether it was a hug or a prayer in times of need, a supporting phone call when things weren't going so well or trying to heal rifts between people that mattered to him; he was constantly thinking of others.

"Looking back, it was just a part of who he was.

"But a part so many people are grateful for.

"He was the perfect ambassador for the union, he knew everyone, made everyone feel welcome and special.

"He brought people together, he loved everyone equally - which is what I feel this award should embody."

IT Sligo President, Professor Terri Scott, said Luke was a dedicated student and a caring, loyal and loving friend.

"Luke was the embodiment of positivity and he truly touched the hearts of everyone at IT Sligo.

"His warm and generous personality and attitude were an inspiration to us all."

Luke's contribution to IT Sligo was marked at the Institute's Conferring Ceremony in November 2012 when he was posthumously awarded the Corn Shein Mhic Mhagnuis.

The annual award recognises exceptional achievements or contributions to the Institute by groups or individuals.

In making the award, Ray MacSharry, Chairman of the Governing Body, described Luke as "an exemplar role model."

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