It was a busy registration day at LYIT with over 1,000 students from all over Ireland choosing to study at the college. Industry-focused courses with work placement included on 50% of them plus a state-of-the-art Sports lab are proving to be a draw. This year’s students included Niall Harley Captain of the Donegal minors who will be studying the well regarded sports programme and he decided to bring along the Ulster Cup too.
Niall has already achieved many “firsts” by leading the U 18 team to the All-Ireland Final and winning the Ulster Cup. “I chose to study sports at LYIT because of its reputation and I know it will help with my football. I’m very much looking forward starting it, there’s a small matter of a final to finish first,” he laughs.
Never before has Donegal had two teams in the All-Ireland finals and Donegal have never contested an All-Ireland minor final. A number of LYIT students will be proudly representing Donegal in the minor and senior teams this Sunday. Niall Harley (pictured) is Captain of the minors and Tony Mc Lennan (Donegal minors) are both studying Sports programmes whilst Anthony Thompson (Donegal senior team) is an engineering student. The connections between sports at the highest level and LYIT doesn’t stop there, Sean McVeagh is a well-known Donegal hurler, and Sports Lecturer Rónán Doherty is the sports nutritionist for the Donegal minor team.
Dr Lynn Ramsey, Head of Department of Law & Humanities, is naturally very proud of the LYIT students who are representing the county at such a high level, “It’s a special time for Donegal to have both our minor and senior teams in the All-Ireland final and all the staff and students wish both teams every success.”
“Our students have access to state-of-the-art technology in our brand new sports science lab where they study the leading developments in sports nutrition, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning and biomechanics. We have students from soccer, golf, athletics, boxing, etc, who choose to come to study sports at LYIT because of their passion for sport and their interest in sports studies.”
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Good luck to both Donegal teams in the final. Up Donegal!