Students' Fields of Dreams

Sports Scholarships 08 09 IT, Tralee Announces 30 Sports Scholarships for 2008/2009

Thirty of the countryâ¿¿s best young sports stars have been awarded Sports Scholarships by the Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT, Tralee) for 2008/2009 it was revealed last night.

The Instituteâ¿¿s Scholarship Programme has significantly expanded with the Sports Scholarship event involving the presentation of IT, Tralee Sports Scholarships, CLG Munster Council Bursaries, Kennedy Coaches Sports Scholarship and the Kerry Local Sports Partnership Scholarship.

The 30 students were honoured across 14 different sporting disciplines at the ceremony in Tralee last night. Awarded for the first time were scholarships in Rugby and Rowing reinforcing IT, Traleeâ¿¿s focus on providing support to a broad spectrum of sports.

This event marked the inaugural award of the Kerry Local Sports Partnership scholarship. This scholarship was awarded to Rory Oâ¿¿Connor from Offaly for Rowing. Rory is the 2008 National Single, Double & Quad sculls champion with his sights firmly set on London 2012. Rory said â¿¿Receiving this Scholarship is a great boost personally while also helping with my preparations for the year and hopefully in achieving my World Championship & Olympic Goalsâ¿¿

On the night Limerick Senior Hurling stars were well represented with James Oâ¿¿Brien, Eoin Ryan and Nickie Quaid receiving scholarships. Contributing to the Limerick haul two Limerick minor hurling stars; James Riordan and Michael Kiely were also honoured on the night.

Kerry U21 players Gary Oâ¿¿Driscoll and Shane Hennessey along with former Kerry Senior player Brendan Oâ¿¿Mahony also received awards on the night.  

Scholarships were also awarded to Lee Bradley for Boxing and Wayne Murphy in Tae Kwon Do. Wayne recently represented Ireland in the Tae Kwon Do World Cup in Italy. In Athletics Daniel Clifford, National Junior Shot and Discus Champion, was also awarded a scholarship on the night.

Female sports stars included former U17 Irish Soccer International, Angela Oâ¿¿Mahony and 2008 Camogie Young Player of the Year nominee Edwina Keane from Kilkenny.

Eoin Hand (former Rep. of Ireland Manager) presented Angela and locals Shane Brosnan and Dave Moore with their soccer scholarships.

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. ⿿Today is recognition of the hard work and dedication these young sports stars have put in over the years to compliment their undoubted talents. The Scholarships presented tonight highlight the Institutes commitment to encouraging and rewarding excellence in sport.⿝