Mary Immaculate College, Limerick acknowledged a host of sporting stars at a recent function at the college with two Clare students among the fourteen awarded bursaries on the night.
Clonlara’s Micheál O’Loughlin a First Year B.A. student was one of the Clare representatives honoured. In 2014, Micheál was part of the Ard Scoil Rís side that claimed that Harty Cup.
O’Loughlin has also won a Limerick Colleges medal with the Limerick school while he has two U16 County medals with Clonlara. At present, O’Loughlin is on the Donal Moloney’s Clare U21 panel while he lined out at midfield with the MIC Fresher Hurling team.
Liam Corry of Ennis, Co Clare was the other Banner’s recipient and is in his Second Year at MIC studying for a B.ED. The Éire Óg clubman was part of the extended Clare U21 panel that won Munster and All-Ireland titles in 2014.
Corry played at corner-back on the MIC Fitzgibbon Cup team involved in this year’s controversial competition More recently he featured at wing-forward on the Clare U21 football team which bowed out at the semi-final stage to Tipperary while he is a dual-player with the Éire Óg club.
Munster Council Chairman, Robert Frost an O’Callaghans Mills man attended the function and awarded the nine Munster Council Higher Education GAA Bursaries valued at €750 each.
Speaking at the presentation, Frost praised MIC for their commitment and dedication to GAA down through the years. “I am honoured to represent the Munster Council at this special occasion today at Mary Immaculate College. Munster Council is delighted to continue to support Gaelic Games in MIC especially when we can witness the fruits of your endeavours.
In a college such as this it is great to know that this is the calibre of people that will be teaching the next generation. Congratulations to all players and management involved in all of the teams.”
Also presented on the night were the Mary Immaculate College GAA Bursary Awards valued at €500 each. President of MIC, Prof. Michael A. Hayes awarded the College’s bursaries and paid tribute to MIC’s long-standing relationship with the GAA.
Limerick native Hayes who has acted as President of the College since 2011 added. “Today’s awards acknowledge many remarkable sporting achievements from so many of our students who continue to excel in the sporting arena. These bursary awards present a very real and tangible way in which the College can recognise and celebrate its students’ outstanding achievements in a practical manner”.
Munster Council Higher Education GAA Bursary Recipients:
Micheál O’Loughlin, First Year B.A. (Clonlara, Co Clare)
Cian Lynch, First Year B.A. (Patrickswell, Co Limerick)
Caoimhe Costelloe, First Year B.A. (Adare, Co Limerick)
Matthew Flaherty, First Year B.A. (Dingle, Co Kerry)
Liam Corry, Second Year B.ED (Ennis, Co Clare)
Fiona Morrissey, Third Year B.ED (Dungarvan, Co Waterford)
Colm Barry, Third Year B.ED (Castlelyons, Co Cork)
Sarah Harrington, Fourth Year ECCE (Inch, Co Cork)
Paul O’Connor, Second Year Grad Dip (Valentia, Co Kerry).
Mary Immaculate College GAA Bursary Recipients:
Caroline Hickey, First Year B.A. (Co Limerick)
Rebecca Delee, First Year B.A. (Newcastlewest, Co Limerick)
Don O’Driscoll, First Year B.ED (Co Cork)
Seán Linnane, Second Year B.ED (Turloughmore, Co Galway)
Sinead Kenny, Second Year Grad Dip (Co Roscommon).