THE PRESIDENT of Limerick Institute of Technology has presented a plaque to two former students who paved the way for the historic women’s win in the RBS Six Nations Grand Slam.
Dr Maria Hinfelaar presented former students Joy Neville and Niamh Kavanagh, members of the first ever Irish women’s winning Grand Slam team, with a commemorative plaque to congratulate them on their success.
Joy Neville, from the North Circular Road, graduated with a BA in Applied Social Care from LIT last year.
Her brother Paul played for Garryowen and Connaught and has recently accepted a coaching position with Garryowen RFC.
Joy, who has been involved with the Irish women’s side since 2002, was recently appointed as the rugby development officer at LIT taking charge of the rugby club within the college.
“I am still in shock, after so many years of hard work and massive commitment levels involved throughout the years, it is amazing to be in a position to state that we are the 2013 Grand Slam winner,” she said.
Niamh Kavanagh, from Tullamore, moved to Limerick to study in 2007, and also graduated last year with a BBS in Law and Taxation and was subsequently elected as the LIT students’ union president.
“When I first started playing rugby it was to keep fit and meet new friends. Now it is still the same but with a few extra goals on the list. It has been the most amazing and unforgettable few weeks between winning the 2013 Grand Slam and travelling to Hong Kong & China with the Women’s 7s Team.”
Dr Hinfelaar said she thoroughly enjoyed watching them play that final game in Italy to clinch the title.