In addition to organizing the annual Brian Boru Pilgrimage, part of the Clan Foundation’s mission is to raise funds and provide scholarships for Irish students to attend Dublin’s Trinity College and participate in a summer school program focused on Ireland’s history. These scholarships assist students in need of financial support for tuition and accommodation so that they may pursue their educational goals.
During the 2016 Pilgrimage, Clan Foundation members presented a check for €3,450 (approximately $4,000) to the Trinity Access Program (TAP), a program that works in partnership with students, teachers, families, communities and businesses to widen access and participation at university level of under-represented groups. In addition, Clan Foundation Board members Conor and Moira O’Brien presented €1,000 (approximately $1,100) on behalf of the Foundation to The O’Brien Summer School (TOBSS), a non-profit educational fund to facilitate the organization of international symposia reflecting themes and eras of Irish history.
“The O’Brien Clan Foundation was honored to make a contribution to the TAP as part of its first annual pilgrimage to Ireland. The hope is that our contributions will help transform the lives of the recipients and we plan to donate more in the future. Our involvement with TAP and TOBSS allows tour participants to not only learn about their Irish heritage, but to also make a meaningful contribution to Ireland’s future,” said Barton O’Brien, Chairman of the O’Brien Clan Foundation.
Eileen Punch, Associate Director of the Trinity Access Program said, “We are very grateful for the support of the O’Brien Clan for an incoming TAP student in the year ahead. Private support for students has made an enormous difference over the years in enabling talented individuals from low income backgrounds to come to Trinity and fulfill their potential.”