IT, Tralee Announce 17 Sports Scholarships For 2007/08

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ITT Sports Scholarship 07/08

Sports Stars Of The Future From Nine Different Sports

THE Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT,Tralee) today announced the recipients of itâ¿¿s 2007/08 Sports Scholarships. 

For the first time, the sports of Tae Kwon Do, Boxing and Kickboxing have received sports scholarships while GAA still dominates with four hurling scholarships, three for Gaelic Football, one dual star and one Ladies Footballer.

The three Gaelic Football recipients are all former Kerry minor stars including former captain Paddy Curran, a two times Munster minor medallist from Waterville in South Kerry.

Limerick senior hurler James Oâ¿¿Brien, who played for the Shannonsiders in the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny, is also awarded a scholarship. The three other hurling recipients, James Riordan and Eoin Ryan from Limerick and Paddy Raftice from Kilkenny, are all underage hurling stars.

Kickboxer Tobias Bermuller is a 2006 European champion and is a recent winner of the Italian Open.

Despite being only 30 years old, IT, Tralee has a superb sporting tradition. The College has dominated third level competition over the last decade and has won major competitions in basketball, soccer, ladies soccer and numerous medals in athletics, judo and boxing.

IT, Tralee famously won three Sigerson titles in a row between 1997 and 1999 with a team decorated with future GAA superstars such as Kerryâ¿¿s Seamus Moynihan, Mike Frank Russell, William Kirby, Tom Oâ¿¿Sullivan, Mike McCarthy, Galwayâ¿¿s Paraic Joyce and Michael Donnellan, Laois stars Colm Parkinson and Noel Garvan and Donegalâ¿¿s Jim McGuinness. Other well known GAA players such as Colm Cooper, Michael Quirke and Sarah Oâ¿¿Connor have passed through the Institute as has international rower Paul Griffin.  

Last year IT, Tralee won the Ryan Cup in hurling and in 1997 IT, Tralee won the same competition. The likes of Clare trio Niall Gilligan, Alan Markham and John Reddan involved as well as Tippâ¿¿s John Carroll and Waterfordâ¿¿s Seamus Prendergast have all hurled for the Institute.  

IT, Tralee has also tasted success in Ladies Football by means of two Oâ¿¿Connor Cups with well known players like Geraldine Oâ¿¿Shea, Sarah Oâ¿¿Connor and Deirdre Reilly on recent teams.  

Michael Carmody, President of IT, Tralee, paid tribute to the young sports stars and their families and wished them well with their studies and development as young promising athletes. â¿¿Today is recognition of the hard work and dedication these young sports stars have put in over the years to compliment their undoubted talents.  

⿿IT, Tralee has a proud tradition in sporting excellence but it is not just Gaelic Football in which we excel as we have made leaps and bounds in hurling, athletics and soccer and we are now investing in sports such as Athletics, Basketball, Kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do.⿝


 Fenagh Smith  Health & Leisure 5  Hockey  Limerick
 John Shanahan  Health & Leisure 4  Athletics  Limerick
 James Oâ¿¿ Brien  General Nursing 3  Hurling  Limerick
 Denis Crowley  Health &Leisure 3  Hurling/Football  Cork
 Eoin Ryan  Health & Leisure 2  Hurling  Limerick
 Lee Bradley  Health & Leisure 2  Boxing  Donegal
 Tobias Bermuller  Health & Leisure 2  Kickboxing  Cork
 Paddy Raftice  Health & Leisure 1  Hurling  Kilkenny
 Wayne Murphy  Health & Leisure 1  Tae Kwon Do  Kerry
 Daniel Clifford  Health & Leisure 1  Athletics  Kerry
 Eoin Kennedy  Health & Leisure 1  Football  Kerry
 Sorcha Holmes  Health & Leisure 1  Basketball  Limerick
 Jenny Luddy  Health & Leisure 1  Ladies Football  Cork
 James Riordan  Health & Leisure 1  Hurling  Limerick
 Paddy Curran  Health & Leisure 1  Football  Kerry
 David Moore  Civil Engineering 1  Soccer  Kerry
 Gary O Driscoll  Construction Studies 1  Football  Kerry

For More Information:

Brita Lyons, IT, Tralee: PH: 066 719 1705