Last week UCC launched the 2019-20 UCC Sports Scholarship scheme which provides benefits including access to a qualified exercise physiologist and academic support, if required.
Professor John O’Halloran, Deputy President and Registrar at UCC, and race-walking champion Rob Heffernan, who became the only Irish athlete to compete in five consecutive Olympics in Rio 2016, presented the students with their awards at a ceremony in the Mardyke Pavilion.
UCC Head of Sport, Morgan Buckley, is delighted to be able to honour these athletes. “We’re honoured to have so many talented athletes in UCC. The scholarship programme is aimed to support the athletes financially and with other back up supports while they are studying and playing sport”
The awards ceremony recognised sports including athletics, basketball, camogie, Gaelic football, golf, hockey, hurling, judo, rowing, rugby, soccer, swimming, table tennis and volleyball.
UCC is delighted with the continued support for these scholarships from former Irish Assistant Soccer Manager, Roy Keane, who supports many soccer awards. This year’s recipients of the Roy Keane Soccer Scholarships included Cork City Women’s FC and UCC’s Christina Dring and Maria O Sullivan. Simon Falvey, who was part of the UCC team who won the Munster Senior League, Collingwood Cup, and O’Connell Cup with UCC in 2018/19, was also a recipient of the Roy Keane Soccer Scholarship.
To support hurlers, the Michael J Dowling Hurling Scholarships were awarded to David Griffin, David Lowney, and Patrick O Loughlin. Hurler Eoghan Murphy, UCC and Sarsfield GAA was the recipient again this year of the Jonathan Herlihy Memorial scholarship, the final year of this award.
The Jason Foley Memorial Basketball Scholarship was presented to Annaliese Murphy, UCC and UCC Glanmire. Murphy received the basketball scholarship for a second year and in addition to assisting UCC basketball club in the colleges league & Intervarsities, she is part of the UCC Glanmire Super League squad. She was part of the Irish U20 team who won bronze at the recent European Championships.
UCC rugby club, which dramatically retained its All-Ireland Division 1A last season, presented 14 scholarships reflecting the strength of the senior and U20 teams. Katie Boylan received a women’s rugby scholarship. James Taylor was honoured with the inaugural Moss Keane Rugby Scholarship. Taylor was instrumental in UCC retaining their AIL status last season.
Cork Senior camogie player Orla Cronin retained her scholarship award and was joined by Hayley Ryan in receiving an award.
For the first time, Judo was honoured with TJ Palmer named recipient of the scholarship for that sport.
The Scholarship Ceremony today took place ahead of the Quercus Ceremony, which will be held later this month in UCC and honour eight students, who will receive Quercus Scholarships for their sporting prowess. For a full list of all awardees sport.ucc.ie