CEO of the Irish Sports Council, John Treacy, presented sports scholarships to 16 young athletes at a ceremony in the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre on Tuesday night this week.
Along with the scholarship presentation there was also a special presentation to legendary broadcaster, Micheál O’Muircheartaigh to mark his career in radio commentary.
The scholarships aim to foster sporting excellence among young people. Mr Treacy told the recipients to “never stop believing in themselves”. A new website for the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre was also launched.
Host Martin Quinn and Chairman of the Canon Hayes Centre Ruaidhri Devitt spoke about the importance of boosting participation in sport across Tipperary.
The 16 recipients are as follows.
Kirsty Donnelly from Tipperary Town is 17 years of age and her chosen sports are Rugby and Football. Playing her rugby with Clanwilliam R.F.C. she was a member of the team that were crowned U.15 Champions in 2009. She was a member of the St. Anne’s Football Team who won the Munster Schools Final in 2011 and she has been a volunteer with Special Olympics Ireland in 2010/2011.
Kieran Farrell from Lattin is 17 years of age and his chosen sport is Swimming. Over the past few years he has clocked up over 40 medals in Munster and All-Ireland Swimming Galas and came a good fourth in the All-Ireland Division 2 Final of the 100m breaststroke. Along with Swimming, Kieran also lines out with Cullen Lattin F.C.
Seán Kiely from Mount Bruis is 17 years of age and his chosen sport is Gaelic Football. Seán plays with the Lattin/Cullen GAA Club at Minor, U.21 and Intermediate levels and he also played with the Abbey CBS Team who became Munster Schools S.F. Champions. He has had trials with County Teams at U.17 and Minor levels and also plays both soccer and rugby and was part of the side that won the East Munster Cup in 2010.
Alan Hayes from Cullen is 19 years of age and his chosen sport is Soccer.
He plays his club soccer with Cullen/Lattin F.C. and also plays GAA with Lattin/Cullen. Last year he won the League, Cup and Tipp Cup with the St. Michael’s Youths Team. He got awarded the 2nd best player in the youth’s league and was voted ‘Player of the Season’ by the players and managers. On the GAA front he won an U.21 County ‘B’ Hurling Title with his club.
Aoife Donovan from Tipperary Town is 15 years of age and her chosen sport is Basketball. She plays with St. Anne’s School Cadet and Senior Basketball Teams and with Tipp Tornados Women’s Team. She was a member of the school Cadet Basketball Team that won the South East Final and reached the All-Ireland Quarter Final. She was on the school Senior Team that reached the South East Semi Final and she was chosen for the South East Ireland U.17 Team. She also won Munster U.16 Schools Tennis.
Liam Nagle is from Golden and is 17 years of age and his chosen sport is G.A.A. He plays his club football & hurling with Golden GAA Club at Minor, U.21 & Junior levels. He has won West Minor Hurling & Football titles for the past 2 years in a row along with a Junior ‘B’ County Football Title and was part of the Abbey C.B.S. Team that won the Munster C’ship.
Leonard Vance from Emly is 17 years of age and his chosen sport is Gaelic Football. He plays his club football with Emly and was a member of the Abbey C.B.S. Team that won the Munster Championship. He is a member of the Tipperary Minor F. Panel and this team will meet Cork in the Munster Final on July 3rd after producing a shock win over Kerry in the semi-final.
Wayne Ryan from Tipperary Town is 18 years of age and his chosen sports are Rugby and Athletics. In the past two years he has won 2 Rugby Titles and was also selected on the starting 15 with the East Munster side. He has titles with club and school for rugby and a silver medal in athletics in the County 4x200m.
Ciarán Ryan is from Pallasgreen and is 17 years of age and his chosen sport is Hurling. He plays his club hurling with Pallasgreen at Minor, U.21 and Intermediate level and is also on the Limerick County Minor Hurling Panel. In 2009 he captained Pallasgreen to an U.16 County Final and he has also won an East Limerick Junior ‘B’ Title and an East Limerick Senior Hurling Title with his club.
Fiontan O’Murchú is from Tipperary Town and is 17 years of age and his chosen sport is Rugby. He plays his club rugby with Kilfeacle R.F.C. and in the season 2009/10 (while under 17) he was on the side that won the East Munster League and reached the East Munster Cup Final. In 2010/11 he was on the side that again reached the East Munster Cup Final and the Munster quarter-final. In all games he started at first centre in the number 12 jersey.
Aisling Hickey is from Rossmore and is 17 years of age and her chosen sport is Racquetball. Aisling has a vast catalogue of success including being Munster U.18 Singles Champion in 2010/11, Munster Doubles Champion 2010, Munster Women’s Open and Intermediate Champion in 2010, Munster Player of the Year, U.17 & U.21 Junior Open Champion in 2010, Bronze Medallist at the U.16 World Doubles in 2009 and 2010 and came in the top 8 in the singles, was Captain of the Irish Team in 2010 and won the Local Award at the Canon Hayes National Sports Awards.
Philip Ryan from Ballinahow, Tipperary is 17 years of age and his chosen sports are Rugby and Cycling. He plays his club rugby with Kilfeacle R.F.C. and he cycles with Cycling Pursuits, Limerick. In the 2010/11 season he was on the side that were runners-up in the East Munster League and that qualified for the Munster U.17’s League. In cycling in 2009/10 they were U.16 Munster Time Trial Champions and also achieved 2nd and 3rd placing in the U.16 Munster Road Race Championships.
Oisín O’Mara is from Ballinard, Tipperary and is 16 years of age and his chosen sport are Rugby and GAA. He plays his club rugby with Kilfeacle R.F.C. and his GAA with Kickhams GAA Club. He was part of the team that won the East Munster U.17 Cup and made it to the extended Munster Youths U.18 Rugby Squad. He has a Munster Colleges ‘B’ Title with Abbey C.B.S. and was on the West Divisional sides that won U.16 Tipperary Football and U.16 Munster Hurling Titles.
Daniel Maher from Limerick Junction is 18 years of age and his chosen sport is Athletics. Last year Daniel came first in the 100m sprint at the Munsters and 1st in the 4x100m relay at the All-Ireland’s. So far this year he has been placed 2nd in the 60m sprint at the Munster Indoors and 2nd in both the 60m sprint and the 4x200m relay at the County Indoors.
Cormac O’Donoghue from Clonpet, Tipperary is 16 years of age and his chosen sports are Rugby and Swimming. He plays his club rugby with Kilfeacle R.F.C. He was part of the side that won the U.16 Munster Schools Championship and the U.17 East Munster Championship last year. He has played for East Munster U.17’s for the past two years in a row and he completed his Gold medallion in swimming in the past 2 years.
Micheál Ryan from Tipperary Town is 18 years of age and his chosen sport is GAA. He plays his club hurling and football with the Arravale Rovers GAA Club and also plays club rugby with Kilfeacle R.F.C. He was also part of the winning Munster Abbey C.B.S. side. He has West Titles in Hurling and Football with Arravale Rovers Minor and U.21 levels both in the ‘A’ Championship.