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QUB award renamed in honour of tragic Silverbridge student

An annual award scheme bestowed upon top achieving first year students of Accountancy at Queen’s University, Belfast has been renamed in honour of a former recipient from Silverbridge, who tragically passed away last year.

Twenty-year-old Micéal Murphy lost his brave battle with cancer in September, having been ill for just four months.  A high-achieving student at the university, Micéal’s flair for his chosen career path was recognized and rewarded when he received the 2015 prize, sponsored by Belfast-based Accountancy and Business Advisory firm, BDO Northern Ireland.

Now, in a tribute to Micéal’s contribution as last year’s recipient of the award and during his time on work placement with the firm, BDO NI has renamed its student award scheme in his honour, commending his enthusiasm, which, it says, “will live through the current and future student award recipients”.

Micéal’s parents, Kevin and Fidelma, were invited to a recent ceremony where they joined some of this year’s award recipients and staff of BDO, to officially acknowledge the renaming of the award and to recall and celebrate Micéal’s time spent with the firm in 2015.

Paying tribute to Micéal, Laura Jackson, BDO Audit Partner, said: “It was such a privilege to welcome Micéal to BDO in 2015 and we are extremely proud to be able to remember him through such a positive programme.

“BDO Northern Ireland sees the value in mentoring our graduates from an early stage in their accountancy careers [and] we are delighted to support, train and develop these award winning students from Queen’s University, Belfast.”

Speaking to The Examiner, Micéal’s mother Fidelma says the family is very proud that such a prestigious award has been named after him and it reflects how capable and popular Micéal was during his time as a student at Queen’s, which was so tragically cut short.

“Dedicating this award in memory of Micéal means his name will be remembered forever by all future recipients and we, as his family, are so proud of everything he achieved in his short life,” she said.