Sport and recreation play an important role in the lives of students at Mary Immaculate College. The office develops and coordinates sporting activities and policy in the College as well as facilitating the use of relevant spaces.
MIC's Tailteann Sports Complex caters for a wide variety of sports including; Gaelic Football, hurling, camogie, basketball, rugby, soccer, badminton and tennis to name a few. We also have an award winning, state-of-the-art, multipurpose sports complex, comprising of one large sports hall, two studios/teaching gyms, basketball courts, indoor soccer courts, badminton courts and weights room. Our outdoor facilities include; two pitches, running track and tennis court. MIC, St Patrick's Campus, Thurles also has a GAA pitch.
Physical Education classes within the Bachelor of Education, Professional Masters in Education and BA in Early Childhood Care & Education programmes take place in Tailteann.
MIC also has a proud sporting history. Students and alumni have represented county and country in various sports including GAA, rugby, athletics, handball, soccer, rowing and more. MIC has various levels of teams participating in Gaelic games, rugby, soccer and basketball that compete in inter-varsity leagues and tournaments including the Fitzgibbon Cup, the Freshers Cup (hurling, football, ladies football and camogie), the Trench Cup, the Giles Cup, the Ashbourne Cup and the Collingwood Cup. the Fergal Maher Cup, the Purcell Cup, the Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais, the Ó Maolagáin Cup and the Lagan Cup To find out more about joining an MIC team, please contact the relevant coach. Game fixtures and results will be listed on our Facebook page and on the MIC screens around campus.
There are a number of fitness classes available throughout the academic year including pilates, Taekwondo, zumba, total body workout and yoga.
Sports facilities at MIC include:
- Full-size GAA pitch (both campuses)
- Floodlit training pitch
- Astroturf tennis court/five-a-side soccer court
- 460 metre Astroturf running track
- Weights room
- One large sports hall (TN3; 900m²) which can be set as: two indoor soccer courts; an IBA approved basketball court; three volleyball courts; six badminton courts
- Table tennis facilities
- Two teaching gyms (T1; 299m² / T2;322 m²) which can be used as studios for dance, aerobics etc
- Changing rooms
Tailteann Bookings: The rooms in Tailteann can also be booked by sports clubs for training or by students or staff who wish to use the halls. Bookings can be made by contacting Tailteann reception at Tailteann.Reception@mic.ul.ie where you can also make enquiries about classes and courses. Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on Ext. 4306.
The Weights Room is available to students and staff at a reduced membership rate.
Prior to using the Weights Room, an induction session must be completed. Induction appointments can be made by calling to Tailteann reception and booking a time slot.
Students: 1 Session = €2 1 Week Access = €5 Semester Access = €60
Staff: 1 Session = €3 1 Week Access = €7 Semester Access = €90
Students can compete in intervarsity competitions or at recreational level. Being involved in sport gives students the opportunity to develop friendships and to enjoy the social side of college life. We would encourage all students to take part in sport and recreational activities during their time here.
Badminton: Six badminton courts are available in Tailteann. There is a Badminton Club on campus, please contact MISU for further information.
Basketball: Basketball can be played at competitive or recreational level. MIC’s ladies team competes in the North Munster League and the Colleges’ All-Ireland League. In 2017, they won the Division 2 All-Ireland League final.
Camogie: MIC has won the Purcell Cup six times since its inauguration in 1977. We compete in the Division 1 league and Ashbourne Cup, reaching the semi-final in 2016. MIC has an intermediate camogie team and won the Intermediate Championship in 2015. The Freshers Camogie team won the 2015/2016 All-Ireland blitz. The MIC Thurles camogie team competes in the Ó Maolagáin Cup.
Fitness Classes: There are a number of fitness classes running in Tailteann throughout the academic year, including pilates, taekwondo, zumba, total body workout, and yoga. For further information on our class schedules and prices, please call to Tailteann Reception, or see Facebook.
Gaelic Football: The MIC football team usually competes in the Trench Cup. Our Freshers football team have won the Division 2 Championship three times in the last five years and have also won the Division 2 League twice in the same period. The College has a junior football team and last won the Munster Junior Championship in 2014. The junior team reached the Munster Final in 2016. The MIC Thurles football team competes in the Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais.
Hurling: MIC made history in 2016 when its Senior Hurling team beat UL in an epic final to secure the Fitzgibbon Cup for the first time ever. In 2017, MIC were victorious for a second time in a row, defeating IT Carlow in the final – a remarkable achievement for a college with a population of approx. 5,000 students. There are many players who have played for MIC and have gone on to successful careers on intercounty teams. MIC’s Fresher Hurling team compete in Division 1. They reached the semi-finals in league and championship in 2014. The College also has an intermediate hurling team. The GAA’s first Hall of Fame hurler, Éamonn Cregan, coached the hurling team for over two decades, retiring after the Fitzgibbon Cup win. The current coach, Jamie Wall played in the 2013 Fitzgibbon Cup final with MIC and coached the 2017 team to victory. The MIC Thurles hurling team competes in the Fergal Maher Cup.
Jogging/Walking: One of the most utilised sports facilities in the College is the walking track around the GAA pitch. This is a 460m Astroturf Track and is used by students, staff, visitors and locals for jogging and walking.
Ladies Football: The College fields two ladies football teams. In 2012, the first team won the Giles Cup and the Division 2 League, and MIC regained the Giles Cup in 2014. After competing in the O’Connor Cup in 2015, we reached the Giles Cup final in 2016. Our second team competes in the Division 4 League and Moynihan Cup each year. MIC also takes part in the National Freshers Blitz each year. MIC lecturers, Richard Bowles and Anne O’Dwyer, coach the ladies football teams. Players of all standards are very welcome. We also encourage players to develop their own coaching skills through the organisation of blitzes involving local primary schools. The MIC Thurles ladies football team competes in the Lagan Cup.
Rugby: The men’s rugby team is a relatively new team in the College. They are coached by Aidan O’Halloran (Young Munster RFC). They competed for the first time in the Colleges League in 2016, and won the Tier 2 All-Ireland final in 2017.
Soccer: The senior men’s soccer team compete in the Collingwood Cup. In 2012, they were Collingwood Cup finalists. The Ladies soccer team compete in their respective intervarsity leagues and championships. Both teams are coached by Noel O’Connor.
Table Tennis: There are four tables available in Tailteann. Bats and ball are available at Tailteann Reception.
Tennis: The College has an Astroturf tennis court.
Weights Room: There is a fully-fitted weights room in Tailteann, equipped with treadmills, cross-trainers, bikes, rowing machine, weights machines, and free weights. Contact Tailteann Reception for more information and to book an induction session.
Coaches for College Sports Teams
Basketball - Tony Hehir
Camogie - George Fitzgibbon
Gaelic Football - Pat Galvin
Hurling - Jamie Wall
Ladies Football - Richard Bowles & Anne O’Dwyer
Rugby - Aidan O’Halloran
Soccer - Noel O’Connor
MIC is committed to giving access to GAA coach education courses to all students in the college. Courses are available at foundation and advanced levels. Details of Gaelic sports, teams, bursaries and the coach education programme are available from Joe Redington, Gaelic Games Development Officer and on the screens located around the campus.
Awards & Bursaries
GAA Bursaries: GAA Bursaries are offered annually to MIC students by Munster GAA, other provincial councils and the College. The bursaries are advertised in the College from the end of September. For further information, please contact Joe Redington, Gaelic Games Development Officer.
Sports Awards: MIC Foundation and MISU offer Awards for Excellence valued at €500 each. Applications open in Semester 2 and the awards are held at the end of the academic year. For further information, please contact MISU.
- Coach Education
- Awards & Bursaries