Top Athletes Awarded UL Sports Scholarships

Twenty-nine outstanding sportspeople from around the country received bursaries totalling €95,000 as University of Limerick awarded its inaugural UL Sports Scholarships. 

Three gold, seven silver and 14 bronze UL Sports Scholarships valued at €80,000 were awarded. Two students also received Michael Hillary and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarships and three were awarded Plassey Campus Company/Swim Ireland Bursaries valued at a total of €15,000.

The UL Sports Scholarships are designed to support top athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while studying at the university.

UL’s Vice President Academic and Registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon, was chairperson of the selection committee.

“Hundreds of exceptional athletes from more than 20 different sporting disciplines applied for the scholarships , making the final selection process especially difficult. The 29 recipients of the 2016/2017 UL Sports Scholarships have shown dedication, skill, sacrifice and most importantly, promise and through this programme, we look forward to supporting each of them in reaching their academic and sporting potential,” Professor McCutcheon stated.

Among those to receive scholarships from the university are: All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship winners from Tipperary John McGrath and Jason Forde; Irish rugby international Fiona Reidy; Olympian Michelle Finn; members of the Munster Rugby Academy; as well as members of the successful Limerick FC squad that recently won promotion to the Irish premier division. Scholarships were also awarded to a number of top triathletes, swimmers and track and field athletes including London Olympian Jessie Barr and European championship 400m hurdler Paul Byrne, world junior triathlon silver medallist Con Doherty and other top triathletes such as Darren Dunne.

Under the UL Sports Scholarship scheme gold awards include a training grant, accommodation and registration as well as supports in the area of sports science and coaching and include gym membership. Gold awards are valued at more than €10,000 per year.

Silver awards are worth in excess of €5,000 per year and bronze, more than €1,200. All the scholarships also include workshops and academic mentoring.

Applications for the 2017 UL Sports Scholarships can be made via the application form on The closing date for applications is March 1, 2017 at 5pm.

The UL Sports Scholarship recipients are:





Jessie Barr

Waterford & Castletroy, Limerick

St Angela's Waterford


Jenna Bromell

Annacotty, Limerick

Castletroy College


Christopher Bryan

Shannon, Co. Clare

St Caimin's Community School


Paul Byrne

(Laois) Castletroy, Limerick

St Mary's Academy CBS Carlow


Ronan Coffey

Coonagh, Co. Limerick

Ardscoil Ris


Alan Corby

Clarina, Co. Limerick.

Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry.


Keara Cormican

Clarinbridge, Co.Galway

Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway


Garbhan Coughlan

Raheen, Limerick

Crescent College Comprehensive, Limerick


Constantine Doherty

Westport, Co. Mayo

Rice College, Westport


Darren Dunne

Cloughjordan, Co.Tipperary

St Joseph's CBS, Nenagh


Kieran Elliott

Ballinful, Co.Sligo

Grange Post Primary


Michelle Finn

Kanturk, Co.Cork

Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk, Co.Cork


Jason Forde

Nenagh, Co.Tipperary

Nenagh CBS


Robyn Gleeson

Ballysimon, Limerick

Castletroy College


Carolyn Hayes

Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick

Laurel Hill Coláiste, FCJ


Tony Kelly

Ennis, Co. Clare

St Flannan's College


Jack Lynch

Shannon, Co.Clare

St Patrick's Comprehensive school, Shannon


Eanna Madden

Mohill, Leitrim

Mohill Community College


Cillian Melly

Breaffy, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

St Gerald's Castlebar


Orlaith Mc Grath

Bullaun, Co. Galway

St Killian's Vocational School, New Inn


David McCarthy

Union hall, Skibbereen, Cork

St Facthna's de la Salle, Skibbereen


Aoife McGrath

Templemore, Co. Tipperary

Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles


John McGrath

Templemore, Co. Tipperary

Our Lady's, Templemore


Joseph Mooney

Cahelgarron, Co. Sligo

Castletroy College


Alan Murphy

Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

Scoil Mhuire Agus Ide, Newcastle West , Co. Limerick


Fiona Reidy

Croagh, Co. Limerick

Colaiste Na Trocaire


Laura Rogers

Tralee, Co. Kerry

Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee

Gaelic Football

Louise Ward

Glenamaddy, Co. Galway

Glenamaddy Community School

Gaelic Football

Aaron Whelan

Portarlington,  Co.Offaly

Ardscoil Rath Iomghan, Co. Kildare


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