Canon Hayes Scholarship Programme salutes young sports stars

Canon Hayes Scholarship programme promotes outstanding sporting talent

Canon Hayes Scholarship Programme salutes young sports stars

2017 has been a very significant year for the Canon Hayes Sports Scholarship programme as it is 21 years since the initiative was introduced, with former Munster and Ireland Rugby Player Alan Quinlan, being amongst the very first group of recipients.

Canon Hayes Chairman, Martin Quinn, says that the Scholarship Programme was introduced by the Centre "with a view to giving something back to the communities that it serves". "It is of major significance to the recipients in the development of their sporting careers and has benefitted over 200 young people since it's introduction 21 years".

The Scholarship entitles the recipients to free use of all the facilities in the Centre and the adjoining Sean Treacy Swimming Pool, plus personal fitness advice and instruction for a year.

Alan Quinlan was back in the Centre recently to present Scholarships to the latest batch of recipients. "The scholarship programme was of immense benefit to me in my sporting development and I was very lucky to be a recipient for two successive years.

“ I am delighted to be here to present scholarships to 11 recipients and I wish you well in the development of your sporting career. You are now members of an elite group and you are sporting ambassadors for the Centre and for the club that you represent" said the rugby hero.

Martin Quinn congratulated the recipients and outlined their sporting achievements before they were presented with their scholarship certificate by Alan Quinlan. The following were the recipients:

Adam McGrath, Raheen, Golden

Chosen Sport: GAA/Soccer. Sporting achievements in the past 2 years include member of the Galtee Rovers winning team in the West Tipperary U16 football championship 2015/2016. Captain of St. Michael's AFC U16 team 2015/2016. Member of County U17 football team.

Caoimhe Comerford, Reddanswalk, Tipperary

Chosen Sport: Ladies Gaelic Football. Sporting achievements in the past 2 years include Munster ‘B’ Medal and an All Ireland ‘B’ Medal with Tipperary U16 football team. County Junior Medal with Arravale Rovers Ladies Football Team.

Kieran Breen, Donaskeigh

Chosen Sport: GAA. Sporting achievements in the past 2 years include Munster All Ireland Minor medalist with Tipperary 2016, Munster All Ireland Senior 'B' Schools Medalist with Abbey CBS 2016, Minor 'B' County Club Finalist with Knockavilla/Donaskeigh Kickhams.

Megan Heffernan, Cordangan, Tipperary

Chosen Sport: Soccer. Sporting achievements in the past 2 years include Captain of the Bansha Celtic U12 Boys/Girls team that won the Tipperary Cup and received Player of the Month. Was on the South Tipp squad that played in the Gaynor Cup.

Shane Ryan, Bansha

Chosen Sport: Soccer/GAA. Sporting achievements in the past 2 years include playing in the League of Ireland quarter final with Waterford United. Won the West Final twice in the past 2 years with Galtee Rovers. Played with the Tipp Minor Footballers and with the Abbey CBS in the All Ireland final.

Niamh Richardson, Fawnagown, Tipperary

Chosen Sport: Ladies Gaelic Football. Sporting achievements in the past 2 years include making the starting team of the most senior team in her club. Member 2016 Arravale Rovers Ladies Gaelic Football Junior ‘D’ League and County Champions. Received Bronze Gaisce President's Award.

Edmond O’Dwyer, Bansha

Chosen Sport: Soccer/GAA. Sporting achievements in the past 2 years include being Selected on Waterford regional ETP soccer panel. Went on numerous trials for the U15/U16 Irish National Soccer Team. Signed for Limerick FC U17 SSE Airtricity League Team. Captained Galtee/Golden U 16 football team. Vice-captain on the Tipperary U16 Gaelic football team.

Amber Kenny, Emly

Chosen Sport: Soccer. Sporting achievements in the past two years include Training for a year with Cork City FC. Now playing with Douglas Hall reaching the Intermediate FAI semi final. Winning two cups; Challenge Cup and Steve Quinn Cup and scoring in one.

Lukas Mezelis, Tipperary Town

Chosen Sport: Taekwondo. Sporting achievements in the past 2 years include grading for Black Belt in Taekwondo. Winning first place in sparing in the Dublin Open and second place in sparing in Limerick.

Niall Heffernan,

Kilfeacle

Chosen Sport: GAA. Sporting achievements in the past 2 years include Tony Doran U17 inter-county blitz and U17 inter-county Shield titles. U16 ‘A’ West football title and Minor ‘A’ West football title with Golden/Kilfeacle and Munster and All-Ireland Senior ‘B’ with Abbey CBS. Junior Hurler of the Year 2016.

Shane Neville, Brensha, Tipperary

Chosen Sport: GAA. Sporting achievements in the past 2 years include Munster and All Ireland Senior hurling medal with the Abbey CBS. Munster Minor hurling medal with Tipperary in 2015 and Munster and All-Ireland hurling medals with Tipperary in 2016. West Tipperary Senior football medal with his club Aherlow Gaels in 2016.