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Monaghan Institute announce Sport Scholars 2019

Pictured are Rynagh Williams (Deputy Director), Fiona McGrath (Director), Oisin Kiernan and Tommy Geehan (Sports Scholars 2019) and Elaine Reilly, Sport Course Coordinator.

The Monaghan Institute Sports Scholarships have been awarded to recognise excellence in talented sports athletes and to encourage outstanding performance in a variety of sporting disciplines.  The selection of our scholars is based on their current performance and also considers previous sporting achievements. Congratulations to this year’s scholars; Oisin Kiernan and Tommy Geehan who were selected from a number of applicants and have been awarded individual bursaries.  In addition to receiving a bursary, each of our Sports Scholars gained access to our excellent sporting facilities throughout the academic year to enhance their development.

Find out more about our Sport Scholars 2019:

Oisin Kiernan

I have always had a keen interest in sport playing GAA and rugby; and participating in athletics. While playing these, I always had the strongest passion for rugby. I started rugby at the age of nine and during that time, I won an u16 Ulster Youth Cup with Virginia, Co Cavan. I then joined the Ulster Rugby team at u13 level. I moved to Campbell College in Belfast, where I focused on my education while participating in my chosen sport.  During my time at Campbell, I was part of the team who won an Ulster Schools Cup.  I also achieved my goal and earned two International caps playing with Ireland and I also have ten Ulster caps. Since finishing in Campbell, I play with Armagh RFC and have won an Ulster Senior Cup and awaiting the All-Ireland Bateman Cup Final. Studying in Monaghan Institute this year has giving me the opportunity to both study and play rugby to a high standard.

Tommy Geehan

“I am a very athletic person and I enjoy playing sports like Gaelic football and Soccer. In the past, I played soccer for Cavan/Monaghan and I was on the squad of the Cavan/Monaghan team that became the Milk Cup Bowl champions in 2013. I now play Gaelic football for Blackhill. We have had some success within the club in 2016 when we became junior champions and we reached the Ulster final but unfortunately lost. During our Ulster run, I was nominated with two other players as Ulster Young Player of the Year. I also play some soccer and I captained our under 18 team to a cup double in 2016 in the Cavan/Monaghan league, progressing to the Ulster Final as well. In this current year, I played Gaelic for Monaghan Institute and we had a very successful year reaching the Higher Education league and championship semi-final. Football in Monaghan Institute was a great highlight of my year, as I made so many new friends from various parts of Monaghan and beyond. “