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29 Limerick Athletes receive LIT Sports Scholarships



LIT Sports Scholarships – A total of 29 Limerick athletes were among the 78 students that received Limerick Institute of Technology Sports Scholarships this academic year (picture taken before social distancing)

29 Limerick Athletes receive LIT Sports Scholarships

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This year’s recipients excel at a number of sports including basketball, camogie, hurling, Gaelic football, handball, rugby, kickboxing, and swimming (picture taken before social distancing).

A total of 29 Limerick athletes were among the 78 students that received Limerick Institute of Technology Sports Scholarships this academic year, which included three GAA players supported through the LIT Gaelic Grounds Scholarship awards



In a year when sporting events have been seriously impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sport and Recreation Office at LIT remains committed to supporting young athletic talent and the general health and wellness of the entire LIT community.

Supported by sponsors PMI, the LIT Sports Scholarships are set apart from other sports scholarships as they encourage young athletes to achieve greatness in their chosen sport, while also providing a vast range of off-field supports for their education and mental wellbeing. 

This year’s recipients excel at a number of sports including basketball, camogie, hurling, Gaelic football, handball, rugby, kickboxing, and swimming.

President of LIT, Prof Vincent Cunnane, described the scholarships as reflective of LIT’s ethos – supporting its students to be the best they can be in their chosen field, while also ensuring they have the skillset and knowledge to succeed long after they graduate from LIT.

“The LIT sports scholarship programme continues to value and support students in a balanced way, as they strive to reach their goals both on and off the competitive arena,” he said.

“The LIT Sports Scholarship Programme enables the recipients to unlock their personal potential, and these supports are just as important this year, if not more so, as we all face the challenges posed by the pandemic.”

Adrian Flaherty Sports Recreation & Facilities Officer, LIT, said despite these challenging times for sport, the aim of the scholarships remains clear.

“Now in its fourth year, the LIT’s Sports Scholarship Programme provides athletic support, focuses on individual welfare, and includes off-field mentoring and education support to its recipients,” said Mr Flaherty

“Despite the impact of the pandemic on sport we continue to meet the goals set out by the scholarship programme in new ways. This year has been a challenge, but lessons learned through participation in sport include resilience, teamwork and working to overcome obstacles, disappointments and setbacks The Sport’s Team here at LIT have been working with our scholarship recipients to ensure they receive the assistance they need to reach their academic goals while working to protect their physical health and mental wellbeing.”

“Among the other initiatives being rolled out to support the health and wellness of our students, staff and the general community is the six week “LIT Sport Virtual Health & Wellness 2021,” added Mr. Flaherty.

“Every day over the six-week period, ending on March 7, the programme will help increase health awareness by providing workouts, resources, webinars, demonstrations, live discussions and evidence-based material to all participants. Each week focuses on a new subject including areas such as Time Management to Sleep Health; Exercise & Training to Nutrition; and Setbacks & Stress to Meditation & Mindfulness. Participation is free to everyone and full details are available at Instagram: @LIT_Health_Wellness.”


Meanwhile, LIT’s Sports Scholarship programme is now open for applications HERE 

For more stories on Limerick Institute of Technology go HERE


The scholarship recipients from Limerick are: 


  Sport Student County Course Year
  Basketball Lauren Walsh Limerick Business and Sport Management 1
  Basketball David Shyne Limerick Business   1
  Basketball Peter McNamara Limerick Social Care 3
  Basketball Obinna Josephs Limerick Community Sports Development 2
  Camogie Aoife Coughlan Limerick Bus Sport Mgt 4
  Camogie Laura O’Neill Limerick Masters in Marketing & Mgt Strategy 1
  Camogie Ella Whelan Limerick Biotech. with Bio-Pharm Sci 1
  Camogie Iris Kennelly Limerick Early Childhood Care & Edu 1
  Camogie/Ladies Football Joanne Foley Limerick Community Development 2
  Hurling Michael Cremin Limerick Business with Computing 1
  Hurling Patrick Kirby Limerick Industrial Automation & Robotics 1
  Kickboxing Tyrone Cronin Limerick Bus Sport Mgt 3
  Ladies Football Aoife Corbett Limerick Bus Sport Mgt 1
  LIT Gaelic Grounds Conor O’Grady Limerick Marketing + Mgt 4
  LIT Gaelic Grounds Peter O’Grady Limerick Mechanical Engineering 2
  LIT Gaelic Grounds Shaun Barry Limerick Bus Sport Mgt 2
  Rowing Conor Mulready Limerick Enterprise 1
  Rugby Luke Fitzgerald Limerick Community Sports Dev 4
  Rugby Jordan Prendiville Limerick Accounting & Finance 4
  Rugby Darragh Oxley Limerick Civil engineering 3
  Rugby Jack Delaney Limerick Electrical Engineering 1
  Rugby Bradley Ahern Limerick Mechanical Engineering 1
  Rugby Aaron Rice Limerick Business Marketing 4
  Rugby Ciara Clancy Limerick Community Sports Dev 2
  Soccer A.J O’Connor Limerick Civil Eng 4
  Soccer Conor Coughlan Limerick Business 2
  Soccer Ger Barry Limerick Marketing + Mgt 3
  Soccer Jason Cross Limerick Bus Sport Mgt 3
  Soccer Joshua O’Rahilly Limerick Business 2


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