Breda Murray Drea, a student of the BA (Honours) Law degree at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), is the latest recipient of the Nolan Farrell & Goff Merit Prize, which is presented annually to a high-achieving student who excels in Land law exams at the Institute.
Breda began her academic career in WIT completing the Higher Certificate in Legal Studies course through their part-time programme and graduating in 2004, while at the same time working as a junior law clerk with Neil J. Breheny & Co. Solicitors in Waterford. After many years working as a legal executive, in 2010, Breda returned to WIT to pursue a career in academia. She is currently in the final year of the BA (Honours) Law degree, building and expanding the knowledge gained previously. Upon graduation Breda’s ambition is to remain in academia, complete a PhD and ultimately return to lecture in WIT.
Donal O’Connell, partner in Nolan Farrell & Goff, presented the prize to Breda and said the award provided the firm with a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of future legal professionals who will work in the southeast and beyond.
“This is the eighth year of the annual merit prize being awarded to a student at WIT and we are very pleased to partner with the Institute supporting this tradition. The merit prize recognises the achievements of a particular student and this year’s recipient, Breda Murray Drea, has demonstrated particular excellence in her studies.”
“This award also allows us to acknowledge the great work done by the Institute in providing an excellent programme for students wishing to pursue a career in Law. On behalf of Nolan Farrell & Goff, we wish Breda the very best in her future studies and career.”
Tony McFeely, Acting President of WIT said, “On behalf of the Institute I would like to congratulate Breda on her achievements, not only today, but in all her studies at WIT over the past years. Returning to study as a mature student, and particularly pursuing a career in academia, requires commitment, characteristics Breda will bring with her as she continues her education and professional career. It is especially pleasing to hear that Breda’s ambition is to return to us at WIT to join our academic staff. I want to thank Nolan Farrell & Goff for their continued support for the Institute over many years. Finally, I want to acknowledge the dedication of the law staff.”
In her response Breda said she was delighted with the honour: “I have learned a lot during my time at WIT, and I hope to return as a member of staff in the future when I have completed my studies. I am very grateful to all of the lecturers who have taught me during my time at the Institute – without their help, advice and support I would not have been able to achieve what I have to date.”
Among the largest law firms outside Dublin, Nolan Farrell & Goff Solicitors & Notaries was established in 1975 when two long established practices in Waterford - George A Nolan & Co (founded 1914) and Farrell & Farrell (founded 1920) - amalgamated. The firm is a broadly based practice, providing a full range of private, commercial and industrial legal services for the south east region.