When you play sport, it’s the success you want, but long after that it’s the things that stay with you that are important, twice All-Ireland winner Jamesie O’Connor told students at St Patrick’s College, Thurles, when nine students received scholarships for the coming year.
Four scholarships were presented for Leaving Certificates results and GAA excellence, and five went to students for their academic excellence. The entrance scholarships are sponsored by the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dr Dermot Clifford, and the Munster Council and the Tipperary Board of the GAA.
The Clare hurler, who also won three Munster Championships, four All-Star awards and was the first president of the Gaelic Players Association, said that sport gives you the “sheer bliss that was on David Power’s face” when the Tipperary minors won this year’s All-Ireland Minor Football Final.
But, he said, the bonds formed on the hurling field were very important.
“You grow up together, you hurl together and you carry their coffin together,” he said, referring to a Doora / Barefield club colleague who died tragically at a young age.
He urged the students “not to ditch sport. You may not win All-Irelands, but it stays with you. You can build friendships, share bonds with any sporting team you get involved with.”
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star