Clare sports stars were among thirty-three students to this week receive High Performance Scholarships at the University of Limerick in conjunction with Bank of Ireland.
Seven players were awarded Gold Scholarship Awards, among them former Hurler of the Year, Tony Kelly from Ballyea, Laura McMahon from Newmarket on Fergus and Clare Ladies Football Captain Laurie Ryan.
The 2014/2015 season was a very successful one for UL GAA with the senior hurlers winning the Fitzgibbon Cup for the fifth time, the O’Connor Cup being retained and the fresher hurlers winning their first ever Fresher 1 title. This success was highlighted on the night with all trophies in attendance.
Bank of Ireland representative Liam Sheedy was quick to applaud the High Performance stars on their achievements last year, but stated that the challenge was now to meet that standard and better it.
“What last year has done is raise the bar. When it comes to the UL GAA club, the word is out and that is a testament to what you have achieved.”
Also on the night, Chairman of the Munster Council, Robert Frost presented the 18 students with bursaries from the council.
Stars of this year’s U21 hurling championship were among the recipients in the form of Limerick’s Tom Morrissey and Barry Nash, and Ian Galvin from Clare. Dual stars like Tipperary’s Aisling McCarthy and Kerry’s Jack Goulding also received the award.
Guests of honour on the night included the 2015 Fizgibbon winning captain, David McInerney and Cait Devane, captain of the successful 2014 Ashbourne team.