LETTERKENNY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY rewarded 12 of its students with sports scholarships last Thursday at the Radisson Hotel.
Sports Officer Paddy Gallagher and the President of LYIT, Paul Hannigan, were on hand to make the presentations.
“Hopefully you will all look back at this as one of the key events in your sporting careers,” Paddy Gallagher said.
“It will be nice to look back and say, ‘Once upon a time somebody regarded me enough, ahead of my colleagues, to give me a sports scholarship in my third level college.’
“So, well done to the 12 people who are here today for their awards and it’s a really fine achievement. We’re really proud of you.”
The winners were Barry McNamee, Dylan Ramsey, Josh Mailey, Chantelle Grant and Denis Doherty (all soccer), Ciaran McBride (athletics), Patrick McNulty and Aine Higgins (Gaelic football), Conor Dorrian (basketball). David O’Reilly (rugby), John Manley (hurling).
The 12 scholarships winners received half their scholarship instalment by cheque on Thursday and will obtain the second half once their examination results are approved after the May sittings.
The award winners’ background is as follows - Aine Higgins: Several representative awards with her secondary school Colaiste Scoil Brid, she was a selector and coach with the Galway U-16 Ladies team and is a qualified referee. Aine comes from Tuam, Co Galway.
Barry McNamee: A familiar face on the soccer scene, Barry is a member of Derry City FC and a member of last year’s LYIT side that were finalists in the CFAI Cup. Barry is a native of Ramleton.
Chantelle Grant: A member of Donegal Senior League Ladies Team, Lagan harps, a winner of an All-Ireland Intermediate title with Lagan Harps. Chantelle hails from Letterkenny.
Ciarán McBride: Ulster School Boys Champion in Athletics and reached the National University 800m final last year.
Conor Dorrian: A member of LYIT basketball team, who have reached the National semi-finals in Division Three, which will take place this coming week.
Conor Parke: A Donegal senior club championship and All-County League Division One winner with St Eunans GAA Club last term. He has been a minor championship Division One winner in 2011.
David O’Reilly: A member of the Connacht Rugby Academy at U-18, he hails from Co Mayo. David plays an active role on the LYIT Rugby club.
Denise Doherty: A native of Inishowen, an Ulster Gaynor Cup member in 2008 and was recently awarded the top goalscorer in the Donegal Senior Ladies League.
Dylan Ramsey: Donegal League Winner in 2009, represented Ireland in last year’s European University game in Spain, a Brian McCormick Cup winner in 2010. Dylan comes from Ballybofey and plays for Cappry Rovers.
John Manley: Represented Wicklow at U-16, minor, U-21 and senior levels in hurling. A student at Tourism College Killybegs, LYIT.
Josh Mailey: A member of the LYIT team that were CFAI finalist last year before losing to IT Carlow and a member of Letterkenny Rovers League Cup Winners. A current member of the Finn Harps team.
Patrick McNulty: A member of the league semi finalists from LYIT this year and a dedicated club man for his local team Moy Davitts GAA Club from Foxford, Co Mayo, were winners of Celebrity Banisteoir last October.
“It’s good to see students make an impact at college through their sporting achievements,” President Paul Hannigan said.
“It’s great to see people giving pride and commitment to their third level college. And for us, it’s really important we recognise the people who we have today.
“You are very much part of the fabric in our institute and we need people like you to contribute on an ongoing basis and it can only help the reputation of the college.
“It makes the place more attractive and it’s great to see such a spread of people from all around the country as well.
“Sometimes people say Letterkenny Institute of Technology only caters for people from the local region but that’s not the case. We have a broad spectrum and attracting people from far and wide is important to us.”