Scholarships offer a sporting chance in Limerick colleges 

Ryan O'Rourke

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Scholarships offer a sporting chance in Limerick colleges 

Brian Fanning, Pallasgreen, Laura O’Neill, Na Piarsaigh, and Diarmaid Byrnes, Patrickswell, pictured at the LIT Gaelic Grounds to promote the new scholarships launched by the institute of technology

LIMERICK Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College are showing their love for sports with both colleges launching new scholarships.

LIT and Limerick GAA have teamed up to launch a new LIT Gaelic Grounds Scholarship Programme, while Mary Immaculate College has announced details of two elite sports scholarships in honour of former MIC staff members and sporting stalwarts Noreen Lynch and Leonard Enright. 

LIT is offering a unique scholarship programme aimed at Limerick GAA members who attend the Institute of Technology. The programme has been officially launched by the college and the Limerick GAA County Board, as part of the ongoing implementation of the LIT Gaelic Grounds partnership. Applicants must be involved with a GAA Club, Ladies Football Club or Camogie Club in Limerick or LIT to apply.

The Mary Immaculate College scholarships, valued at €4,000 each, are reserved for outstanding performance athletes who are committed to further developing their sporting and academic careers. These elite scholarships are open to incoming applicants and current undergraduate and postgraduate students across both the Limerick and Thurles campus.

Up to ten places across all undergraduate programmes will be reserved for those who have demonstrated a high level of sporting performance. 

Noreen Lynch joined MIC as a lecturer in physical education in the early 70s and during her 35-year career with MIC she established and coordinated all of the sport and recreation programmes at the College.

Noreen helped to establish the O’Connor Cup, the Ladies Football equivalent to the Fitzgibbon Cup, which was inaugurated in 1987.

Leonard Enright was a member of the maintenance and buildings services team at MIC for over 22 years. Leonard played with the Limerick Senior Hurling team from the early 1970s to the late 1980s.

Part of the Limerick panel in the 1973 All-Ireland final, Leonard won Munster titles in 1980 and 1981 and League titles in 1984 and 1985.