Each Semester the Keough Naughton Centre staff collectively choose the person that we believe best embodies the spirit of our programme. We call the award ‘An Tine Beo’: ‘Tine Beo’ means the living fire and the concept is based on an aphorism of the poet William Butler Yeats: ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire’. The staff is faced with the difficult challenge of selecting one student from the entire group, choosing from a field of the brightest and the best that Notre Dame has to offer.
We confer this Award spring 2011 on a person who has consistently made contributions to the programme with her many talents. Her relaxed and even-tempered personality, her unstinting willingness to help others and her good humour contributed strongly to the formation of the Dublin student community this semester. A talented musician, she enhanced every social and liturgical occasion from the Celtic Twilight concert to the peak of Croagh Patrick to the closing Mass. She also gave back to Ireland through Community Based Learning, serving children in the North inner city. While maintaining a clear focus on her academic pursuits, she has constantly shared her many gifts, enthusiastically immersing herself in every programme activity and opportunity. She is also thoughtful about her place in the world, reflected in her double minors in Science, Technology and Values, and Catholic Social Teaching. An Tine Beo award for Spring 2011 goes to Adriana Taylor.