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Dr Fergal O'Brien with Niamh O'Dea, Clare; Niamh Richardson, Limerick; Julia White, Cork and WGPA chairperson, Aoife Lane. Photograph by Brian Gavin/Press 22

UL scholarship programme for GAA ladies

THE Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick has announced a graduate business scholarship programme for female county GAA players. Dr Philip O’Regan, dean of the Kemmy Business School and Aoife Lane, WGPA chairperson, signed a memorandum of understanding at the launch of the programme last week.
The scholarships will see recipients receive a 50% fee waiver for taught postgraduate programmes at the Kenny Business School in areas such as economics, finance, taxation, human resource management, entrepreneurship, marketing, project management and many more, along with the opportunity to study at a campus equipped with some of the best sporting facilities in the country.
Dr Fergal O’Brien, assistant dean, postgraduate studies at the school highlighted the shared competencies in sporting and academic success – determination, persistence, hard-work and dedication, while Aoife Lane spoke about the close ties between UL and the WGPA, with five of the seven founding members of the association currently or previously affiliated to the university.
According to Deirdre Murphy, GAA development officer at the University of Limerick, “The UL GAA club is delighted with the partnership between the WGPA and the Kemmy Business School (KBS). Our players are top class sportspeople and this partnership with the KBS endorses the leadership skills, dedication and work ethic that our players display on the field as having huge relevance and transferability to how they perform in an academic and work context”.
Attendees at the event included senior inter-county players Niamh O’Dea (Clare), Julia White (Cork) and Niamh Richardson (Limerick). All three have won both the O’Connor Cup (ladies football) and the Ashbourne Cup (camogie) with UL.
The purpose of the WGPA scholarship programme is to support players in managing a dual career; balancing their academic and sporting commitments while representing their county in camogie and ladies football.
Further information on this opportunity is available at info@wgpa.ie.

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