Students from the third level sector were acknowledged tonight by the Connacht GAA in their annual student bursary awards at a ceremony which took place in the Connacht GAA Centre this evening, (Saturday 13th January).
The bursary scheme has been in place for eleven years and awards members of the association who are active members in their higher education club. In all 33 promising young Connacht GAA players and administrators have been included in the province’s annual bursary scheme. All five Connacht counties are represented in the initiative which provides financial assistance to students who have displayed potential and commitment on the Gaelic games front.
“The purpose of this bursary scheme is to honour young people who have excelled in the GAA,” said Connacht GAA Council Games manager John Tobin. “This year we have selected 32 outstanding people, all of whom will contribute to the GAA club and life in their colleges, while also young administrators who are involved in their college as team trainers, club officers, and in other crucial roles.”
Enda Fallon, Chairman of the provincial Third Level Committee and delegate to the National Third Level Committee, thanked the council for the provision of the Bursary Scheme as it acknowledged the enormous work carried out by students in promoting Gaelic games in the third level sector.
President of the Comhairle Connacht, Mick Rock, paid tribute to the parents and guardians of these recipients in supporting these young people with both their academic and sporting lives. He complimented the recipients on their achievements to date however he maintained that it was important that young people should strive for a balance with both their studies and sport. He acknowledged the role of the third level Games officers and the various volunteers, both student and staff, in their promotion of Gaelic games in the third level sector.
The list of recipients are as follows;
|DCU||Adrian Cummins||Football||Calry St Josephs||Sligo|
|NUI, Galway||Aoife Donohue||Camogie||Mullagh||Galway|
|IT Sligo||Bryan Walsh||Football||Ballintaubber||Mayo|
|Athlone IT||Cathal Jordan||Football||St. Johns||Sligo|
|NUI, Galway||Conor Caulfield||Hurling||Kilconieron||Galway|
|NUI, Galway||Conor Cosgrove||Hurling||Ardrahan||Galway|
|NUI, Galway||Conor Fahey||Dual||Padraig Pearses||Galway|
|Athlone IT||Cormac Haslam||Football||Glenamaddy||Galway|
|NUI, Galway||Darragh Burke||Hurling||St. Thomas’||Galway|
|St Pats (DCU)||Darren Maxwell||Football||Sean O’ Heslins||Leitrim|
|University of Limerick||Fiona McHale||Ladies Football||Carnacon||Mayo|
|St. Pat’s Drumcondra||Fiona Tully||Ladies Football||St Colmans Handball||Roscommon|
|GMIT||Jack Reilly||Football||Charlestown Sarsfields||Mayo|
|Maynooth University||Jimmy Donoghue||Football/Refereeing||Tulsk Lord Edwards||Roscommon|
|UU Coleraine||Kevin O Halloran||Hurling||Craughwell||Galway|
|NUI, Galway||Kieran Forde||Handball||Annaghdown||Galway|
|University of Limerick||Martin Mc Manus||Hurling||Loughrea||Galway|
|NUI, Galway||Nathan O Rourke||Football||Fenagh St Caillins||Leitrim|
|DCU||Nathan Rooney||Football||St Marys||Sligo|
|GMIT Letterfrack||Richard Thompson||Football||St Croans||Roscommon|
|DCU||Riordan O Rourke||Football||Fenagh St Caillins||Leitrim|
|GMIT||Rochelle Mullaney||Ladies Football||Kilbride||Roscommon|
|University of Limerick||Ryan O’ Donoghue||Football||Belmullet||Mayo|
|UCD||Sean Power||Football||Drumcliffe Rossespoint||Sligo|
|NUI, Galway||Shane Bannon||Hurling||Clarinbridge||Galway|
|NUI, Galway||Shane Dowd||Football||Creggs||Roscommon|
|NUI, Galway||William Finnerty||Football||Salthill Knocknacarra||Galway|