John Kiely, right, with JP McManus and Roger Downer ahead of the All Ireland Scholarships awards ceremony Picture: Alan Place
A COMMITMENT to “maintaining the highest possible standards” helped the senior hurling team take home Limerick’s first All-Ireland title in 45 years, according to John Kiely.
The Limerick manager was speaking to students as the guest of honour at this year’s All-Ireland Scholarship Awards. The annual ceremony saw 125 students from across Ireland, including six first-year students from Limerick, receive scholarships for the duration of their academic studies, backed by Limerick businessman JP McManus.
“To our successful scholars I offer heartiest congratulations,” Mr McManus said. “Their hard work and commitment has been awarded and they will no doubt build on their success and continue to strive for excellence in their ongoing studies and future careers.”
Joseph Foley from Castletroy, Eoin Corcoran from Mayorstone, Aoife Murphy from Kilfinny, Ellen Scanlon from Abbeyfeale, Jack Moore from Patrickswell and Clara Terren-Hogan were among the new recipients of the award for 2018.
“You are about to join a very elite group of people,” Mr Kiely told students. “A group who can and will go on to make a significant difference in many fields, like business, law, medicine, technology, the arts, education to name but a few.”
As the school principal of Abbey CBS in Thurles, Mr Kiely has watched four of his students receive the All-Ireland scholarship, he added.
“I have witnessed first hand the excitement, pride and joy the scholarships bring to recipients.”
“I have been very fortunate to have been the manager of the Limerick Senior Hurling Team this year and to see them win the first All Ireland title in 45 years,” he explained.
“Why did it happen this time? Why was 2018 different? Well, the players, the management and the background team were all fully committed to maintaining the highest possible standards in everything we do as part of, and in support of, managing the team.”
“We worked tirelessly to raise those standards, to the highest possible level throughout the year. We never rested on our laurels,” he added.
“Within the management team, everyone had their responsibilities and they were given the space to carry them out as there was an extremely high level of trust between the group. It was a great privilege to work with the many different disciplines and personalities within that group and I will always be indebted to them for their dedication and their expertise.”
“Your lecturers and your tutors are your coaches,” he explained. “Work with them, challenge them and most importantly engage with them as much as you can. You set your limits, you achieve your success.”
Mr Kiely also paid tribute to the McManus family.
“Few others have given as much as JP and Noreen McManus, helping others to improve their communities, sports organisations, charities, hospices, and now in excess of 1,500 students and 125 of students here today. I hope students remember the spirit that these scholarships were given in the years ahead.”