Commencement 2021: Andrew Gannon,  Winner of the Donald and Marilyn Keough Award for Excellence in Irish Studies

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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At Commencement 2021, Andrew Gannon, an Economics major with Irish Studies and History minors, was awarded the Institute's 2021 Donald and Marilyn Keough Award for Excellence in Irish Studies.

“With language, literature, and history classes on campus and in Dublin, the Irish Studies curriculum has been the most meaningful academic experience of my time at Notre Dame. I have not only gained valuable firsthand knowledge of the Irish experience, but I have been immersed in a language, culture, and people that welcomed me and encouraged my development as a student.”

On the Notre Dame campus, Andrew enrolled in Irish language classes, a college seminar with Irish themes, an Irish literature course, and one on "The Troubles." He studied at Trinity College Dublin in Fall 2019 and, before the COVID-19 pandemic, was scheduled to complete an Irish language-based internship at Fiontar, Scoil na Gaeilge at Dublin City University.

Andrew celebrated Commencement 2021 on May 23 with his parents, William and Lindsay Gannon, both Notre Dame Class of 1988.

Beginning in August, he will teach AP Macroeconomics at Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey.