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2018 Limerick Sport Stars Receive LIT Sports Scholarship

LIT Sports Scholarships, Thomond Park Stadium.
Pictured are, scholarship recipient, Kelvin Brown, Shannon RFC, Prof. Vincent Cunnane, President, LIT, scholarship recipient Sarah Carey, Limerick Camogie and,Joy Neville, International Referee. Picture: Alan Place

2018 Limerick Sport Stars Receive LIT Sports Scholarship

The most promising of Limerick’s sports stars receive LIT sports scholarship, which are limited to 57 athletes for this academic year.  Many famous sports stars including Joe Canning and Jackie Tyrell came from LIT due to receiving some of the coveted sports scholarships.  Even some previous sports stars are currently lecturers inside LIT including Marcus Horan (formerly of Ireland and Munster) and Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny).

LIT Sports Scholarship Programme has doubled in size over the last three years and has improved their support network in the process.  They are striving to provide the support that the scholarship students need both on and off the field, as they provide athletic support, focuses on individual welfare, and includes off-field mentoring and education support.




Supported by sponsors PMI, AIB and the Munster Council the LIT Sports Scholarship are set apart from others as they encourage young athletes to achieve greatness in their chosen sport, while providing a vast range of off-field supports.

President of LIT, Prof Vincent Cunnane, described the scholarships as “the heart of what LIT is about – recognising our own while supporting people to be the best they can be.”

“It is important to understand that these young people are part of an institution which recognises them as a member of this community.  That means valuing them in a balanced way.  It’s about what happens off the field and off the track as much as on it.  It is about the whole person and putting the circumstances in place to allow them to unlock as much of their potential as possible,” he said.

“In addition to financial aid, we have a number of athlete support measures built into our programme to do this.  These range from off-field mentoring to education support, sports psychology, and advice on managing issues like social media.”

Congratulating the scholarship recipients Prof Cunnane added, “You’re living the dream, representing your team, your college, your county, in some cases your country, excelling at what you do. Your talent, your striving is being recognised and supported. Here at LIT, we think it is important to support you and to recognise your excellence.”

During the scholarship presentation ceremony at Thomond Park last week, Prof Cunnane also presented LIT graduate and the college’s former Rugby Officer – World Rugby Referee of the Year 2017, Joy Neville with the LIT Outstanding Achievement Award.

“Joy will always be “one of our own”, one of our LIT community, of whom we are immensely proud. The list of your achievements is hugely impressive, but it is your commitment, determination to strive to be the best you can be, breaking down barriers and becoming a role model not only for our scholarship recipients here today but to sports’ women and men all over Ireland that makes you outstanding,” he told the International Rugby Referee.


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