High Performance Scholarships for Clare sports stars

High Performance Scholarships for Clare sports stars

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Robert Frost, Munster Council and Prof. Don Barry, President University of Limerick pictured with from front left: Deirdre Murphy, UL, Laura McMahon, Newmarket, Niamh O'Dea, Banner, Cian O'Dea, Kilfenora, Michael Duffy, Kilfenora, David Mc Inerney, Tulla and Colm Crehan, O'Callaghans Mills. Back row from left: Ian Galvin, Clonlara, David Fitzgerald, Adam McGuane, Kilmaley, Keith Hogan, Clooney/Quin, Jack Malone, Tony Kelly, Ballyea, Michael O'Neill, Kilmaley and John Lenihan at the first UL GAA, Bank of Ireland High Performance Scholarships at the University of Limerick.
Robert Frost, Munster Council and Prof. Don Barry, President University of Limerick pictured with from front left: Deirdre Murphy, UL, Laura McMahon, Newmarket, Niamh O’Dea, Banner, Cian O’Dea, Kilfenora, Michael Duffy, Kilfenora, David Mc Inerney, Tulla and Colm Crehan, O’Callaghans Mills. Back row from left: Ian Galvin, Clonlara, David Fitzgerald, Adam McGuane, Kilmaley, Keith Hogan, Clooney/Quin, Jack Malone, Tony Kelly, Ballyea, Michael O’Neill, Kilmaley and John Lenihan at the first UL GAA, Bank of Ireland High Performance Scholarships at the University of Limerick.

Thirty-three GAA athletes across Hurling, Gaelic Football and Camogie, including 6 from Clare, were today awarded the first UL GAA – Bank of Ireland High Performance Scholarships at the University of Limerick.

Clare’s recipients include hurlers Jack Browne (Ballyea), Ian Galvin (Clonlara), Cathal McInerney (Cratloe), Tony Kelly (Ballyea) and David McInerney (Tulla), as well as Ladies Football star Niamh O’Dea (The Banner).

The UL GAA – Bank of Ireland High Performance Programme will provide students with financial assistance, as well as free access to the top class sports facilities in UL and a range of performance services and supports. There will be strict guidelines for awarding the Scholarships. Players in receipt of a Scholarship will be reassessed annually. Continuance in the High Performance Programme is dependent on maintaining a high level of performance and meeting the standards and targets set within the programme.

Speaking at the event, UL President, Professor Don Barry said; “At UL, we are very proud indeed of our students’ achievements both academically and in the field of sport and we recognise that we are lucky to have some of the country’s greatest sports stars studying and training here. The UL GAA – Bank of Ireland High Performance Programme has been developed to support our sports stars in their ongoing commitment to scholarship, club and county.”

Speaking at the event, Liam Sheedy, Bank of Ireland said; ““We are pleased to support the UL GAA high performance programme. The opportunity that it gives scholars to continue their studies, while working to realise their sporting potential, is something we are proud to be associated with and place a huge value on. The University, and the surrounding region is a very important market for us and we are available to provide support to all students as they move through the various stages of their lives.”

2014 UL GAA – Bank of Ireland Scholarship Winners:

HURLING
Jason Forde, Co. Tipperary, CLUB – Silvermines
Jack Browne, Co. Clare, CLUB – Ballyea
Alan Murphy, Co. Kilkenny, Club – Genmore
Tom Morrissey, Limerick, Club – Ahane
Ian Galvin, Co. Clare , CLUB – Clonlara
Bill Maher, Co. Tipperary Club- Kilenaule
John McGrath , Co. Tipperary, Club – Loughmore/Castleiney
Shane O’Gorman, Co Wexford, Club – Adamstown
Cathal McInerney, Co.Clare, Club – Cratloe
John Fitzgibbon, Co. Limerick, Club – Adare
Dan Morrisey, Co.Limerick, Club – Ahane
Tony Kelly, Co.Clare, Club – Ballyea
David McInerney, Co. Clare, Club – Tulla
Tom Ryan, Co. Limerick, Club – South Liberties

FOOTBALL
Aidan Rowan, CLUB – Cashel (Longford)
Niall Mc Dermott, CLUB – Ballinagh (Cavan)
Colm O’Driscoll, Co. Cork, CLUB – Castlehaven
Denis Daly, Co. Kerry, CLUB – St Mary’s Caherciveen
Gearoid Hegarty, Limerick, Club – St Patrick’s
Ruairí Deane, Co. Cork, Club – Bantry Blues
Antóine McFadden, Co. Donegal
Shane Ryan, Co.Kerry, CLUB – Rathmore
Daniel Mc Laughlin, Co. Donegal, CLUB – St. Michael’s
Eoin Carroll, Co.Offaly – CLUB – Cappincur

CAMOGIE & LADIES FOOTBALL
Julia White, Co. Cork, CLUB – Douglas
Niamh O’Dea, Co Clare, CLUB – Banner

CAMOGIE
Cait Devane, Tipperary, CLUB – Clonoulty Rossmore
Sarah Fryday Tipperary, CLUB – Cloulty Rossmore
Orlaith McGrath, Co. Galway, CLUB – Sarsfields
Caoimhe Maher, Co. Tipperary, CLUB – Burgess/Duharra

LADIES FOOTBALL
Anna Galvin, Co.Kerry CLUB – Kenmare
Roisín Leonard, Co. Galway, CLUB – Corofin
Aine Tighe, Co. Leitrim, CLUB – Kiltubrid

All pics by Sean Curtin

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