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MIC and GPA Announce Extension to MIC GPA Sports Scholarship Partnership

Diarmuid Ryan and Niamh Murphy walking on a GAA pitch and holding hurleys

Pictured: 2023-24 MIC GPA Sports Scholarship recipients Diarmuid Ryan and Niamh Murphy.

Mary Immaculate College and the Gaelic Players Association are delighted to announce an extension to the MIC GPA Sports scholarship scheme.

Originally introduced in 2021 for a three-year period the MIC GPA Sports Scholarship is open to Gaelic Players Association (GPA) members who are undertaking postgraduate study at MIC. Under the revised scheme, successful applicants can avail of fee waivers of up to €4,600 per annum. 

According to Professor Niamh Hourigan, Vice-President Academic Affairs at MIC:We are delighted to extend this partnership with the GPA. We are committed to supporting our students in their academic and personal development and the feedback from the recipients confirms that this is a worthwhile and fruitful scholarship scheme for them. We have had four excellent sportspeople representing the College under the scheme to-date and look forward to many more”

GPA CEO Tom Parsons said; “The development of our members in their education and in their professional lives is a priority for the GPA and our partnerships with 3rd-level institutions across the island have allowed us make significant progress in this regard.  That is why, on behalf of players, I want to thank the team at MIC for their continued, invaluable support.”

Niamh Murphy in a Waterford jersey holding a hurley
Niamh Murphy, MIC GPA Sports Scholar for 2023/24
Diarmuid Ryan in a Clare jersey holding a hurley
Diarmuid Ryan, MIC GPA Sports Scholar for 2022/23 and 2023/24
Caoimhe Costelloe in an MIC jersey holding a hurley
Caoimhe Costelloe, MIC GPA Sports Scholar for 2021/22 and 2022/23
Padraig de Brun in a Limerick jumper holding a football
Padraig de Brún, MIC GPA Sports Scholar for 2021/22
Caoimhe Costelloe, Ciaran Barr, Niamh Murphy and Padraig de Brun pictured at the launch of the scholarship in 2021
Ciarán Barr (GPA) and Professor Niamh Hourigan (MIC) with the 2021 recipients, Caoimhe and Padraig

Previous recipients of the MIC GPA scholarship include Clare Senior hurler Diarmuid Ryan (2022/23 and 2023/24), Waterford camogie player, Niamh Murphy (2023/24), Limerick camogie player, Caoimhe Costelloe (2021/22 and 2022/23) and Limerick footballer, Padraig de Brún. 

Diarmuid Ryan praised the scheme for supporting him in balancing his sporting and academic responsibilities: “It gives me the opportunity and support to achieve my goals both as a student and an intercounty hurler. It has helped me find the perfect balance between my studies as well as keeping up with the demands of an intercounty player.”

Applications for the MIC GPA Sports Scholarship scheme are open until Friday 26 July 2024. For further information please see