The Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) presented its 2018 third-level scholarships on Monday 26th March at PwC headquarters in Dublin. A total of 37 scholarships have been awarded to third-level students across multiple colleges who play intercounty Camogie and Ladies Football. This is the third year of scholarships presented by the WGPA, which now represents over 1,300 members.

The scholarship scheme recognises the efforts of our members in pursuing a dual career, enabling them to focus their attention on taking opportunities for ongoing personal and professional development whilst striving for excellence as athletes. With the workload and commitment given to studies and their sport, it can be difficult for students to support themselves, so the aim of the scholarship programme is to help players balance the demands of being a student and an athlete.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students both feature among the recipients from 19 counties, including Galway All Star Aoife O’Donohue, Mayo’s Sarah Rowe and Cork dual-star, Libby Coppinger.

Speaking at the launch, WGPA Chair Aoife Lane highlighted the importance of the balance required for student athletes and developing a dual career. ‘Encouraging continued personal development is a key aim for the WGPA. We want to stress to our members they can realise their potential both on and off the pitch and that we are here to help them in the process if they wish to pursue an academic route. We always want to encourage players to have maintain the balance between their sport, academics and life as a student. These scholarships aim to make that process a little easier and we’re delighted to be able to offer a helping hand.

Thanks to ICON and PwC for their ongoing invaluable support. Their backing for our members reflects our shared values in nurturing and celebrating young talent, encouraging people to grow into the best version of themselves. Our members are role models to young girls across the country and we want to highlight their skills and character as individuals that everyone can aspire to.”

Feargal O’Rourke, PwC Managing Partner, said: “Success in sport and in the workplace requires commitment to a shared set of values, along with determination, hard work and the right mindset to achieve excellence. PwC and the WGPA have similar goals to support their people to be the best they can be no matter what the challenge. We congratulate everyone today on their superb achievements and wish them success in the future.”

20 players were awarded through the WGPA scholarship scheme as follows:

Maria Curley Tipperary Ladies Football UL
Cathy Mee Limerick Ladies Football UCC
Una Sinnott Wexford Camogie UCD
Aishling Sheridan Cavan Ladies Football DCU
Rochelle Mullaney Roscommon Ladies Football GMIT
Niamh Hegarty Kildare Camogie NUI Maynooth
Eimear Meaney Cork Ladies Football UCC
Andrea O’Keeffe Clare Camogie UL
Orla Devitt Clare Dual UCC
Roisin Egan Offaly Dual MIC
Eimear McAnespie Monaghan Ladies Football QUB
Fiona McHale Mayo Ladies Football UL
Libby Coppinger Cork Dual UCC
Aoife Donohue Galway Camogie NUIG
Orla O’Dwyer Tipperary Dual UL
Joanne Doonan Fermanagh Ladies Football QUB
Siobhan Coen Galway Camogie NUIG
Rebecca Delee Limerick Camogie MIC
Mary Ryan Tipperary Camogie UL
Grace Kelly Mayo Ladies Football UL


A further 17 scholarships have been generously supported by our partners in education ICON plc and were presented to members studying in the field of life sciences:


Niamh Leen Kerry Camogie UL
Clare Hehir Clare Camogie UL
Courteney Murphy Fermanagh Ladies Football NUIG
Joanne Cregg Roscommon Ladies Football UL
Meabh Mallon Tyrone Ladies Football UUJ
Rachel Kearns Mayo Ladies Football Sligo IT
Ciara Gorman Sligo Ladies Football GMIT
Eimear Hayes Armagh Dual QUB
Hannah Hegarty Dublin Dual DCU
Sarah Rowe Mayo Ladies Football DCU
Karen McDermott Westmeath Ladies Football DCU
Melissa Duggan Cork Ladies Football RCSI
Aishling Moloney Tipperary Ladies Football DCU
Emer Ni Eafa Dublin Ladies Football DCU
Orla Cronin Cork Camogie UCC
Shauna Burke Galway Camogie GMIT
Laurie Ryan Clare Ladies Football UL


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