Name: Courteney Murphy

Age: 21

Teams represented: Kinawley, Fermanagh, Tir na nOg Boston, Mount Lourdes

College: NUIG

Course: Biotechnolgy

“The social side of college life is great, when you can meet people every day and have time in between lectures and lab for coffee and chats. The work load can be tough enough when lab work and assignments are constant or exams are approaching. Planning my week and setting weekly tasks to get study done helps when I’ve college work, football training or a match and job at the weekends.

Sport has helped me become more driven, confident and helped with my decision making and leadership skills which are important qualities to take into any job. Football has also helped me become more productive with my spare time to ensure I get study done. To young girls managing exams and sport I would say try not to use football training as an excuse to lose out on study, make time for it and take it as a break to improve your productivity.

It’s an honour to receive this scholarship and gain recognition for my football achievements alongside my college studies. It’s a real confidence booster to get this scholarship and really encourages me to be the best player and student I can be. This year with Fermanagh we’re hoping to gain promotion to division 3 and off the back of that have a successful campaign in the intermediate championship.

I’m currently really enjoying biotechnology and the prospect of furthering my career in scientific research is very exciting. I’m hoping to pass all my final year exams and start my career in science with my first graduate job.”

In Summary…

Sporting Hero: Katie Taylor

Funniest thing to ever happen: Getting the train from Boston to Providence for a flight home only to realise 15 minutes in that we were on the wrong train and were on our way to Washington

Favourite team mate/player: Aine McGovern – she always brought the food

Favourite Manager(s), and why?: Martin Timoney – his enthusiasm for football and attention to detail helped us reach 3 Ulster finals. Gary McGovern – took us on an impressive run in Canton and a great junior B player himself

Hardest thing and best thing about playing at county level: Hardest thing is the sacrifices you’ve to make and the best thing is getting to challenge yourself against top players in the country.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Favourite interest / talent / hobby away from GAA: Watching conspiracy theories on Netflix.

Three words other people would use to describe you: Determined Supportive Considerate

What are you most proud of so far (on or off the field!): Winning Junior All-Ireland and playing in Croke Park with Fermanagh. Doing the double with Kinawley and reaching the Ulster final and a club All-Star in 2016.  

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