Minister Michael Ring last week presented thirteen Canon Hayes scholorships to Tipperary town’s leading young sports stars.
The recipients were presented with their awards at a function at the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre which celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Chanice Quinn is 17 and from Tipperary Town. Her chosen discipline is Rugby. She plays her club rugby with Clanwilliam and has made the Munster 18 team. She came off the bench against Leinster and scored three tries and also made the starting team that against Connacht. She hopes that the scholarship will assist her to progress and hopefully make the Irish team in the future.
Ted Lowry is 16 and from Ballyglass, Tipperary. His chosen discipline is GAA. He plays his club hurling and football with Arravale Rovers and was part of the winning West under 16’s in 2010/2011. He has also represented West Tipperary at under 15/16 levels and hopes to make the Tipperary Minor Football Squad in 2013.
Brendan Quinlan is aged 16 and from Monard, Tipperary. His chosen discipline is rugby and he plays his club rugby with Clanwilliam RFC. He has made the East Munster and Munster Youths Teams and was part of the winning East Munster League and East Munster Plate sides. He hopes to get signed into the Munster Academy and to eventually make the Ireland Under 20’s. Following in the footsteps of his cousin Alan.
Steve Marquis is aged 19 and from Monard, Tipperary. His chosen disciplines are GAA and Cycling. He plays his club GAA with Eire Óg and his cycling with Cycling Pursuits. In cycling he has been turning in some very creditable performances in time trials and has garnered a 2nd placing in county championships and 4th Junior in Munster Time Trial championships. He hopes to move up to A2 in cycling and to make the Irish Development Squad.
Keith Ryan is aged 19 from Tipperary Town. His chosen discipline is rugby. He plays his club rugby with Clanwiliam RFC where he recived U17 most improved player and also player of the year. He has gotten trials for East Munster and for Munster Cadets and has three East Munster medals. He hopes to make the senior team in Clan and to represent his province.
Sean Egan is aged 23 from Tipperary Town. His chosen discipline is kick boxing and his club is Tipperary Town Kickboxing Club. He has fought in two Irish title elimination fights at 60kg and is ranked as 3rd best in the country at 60kg. He hopes to fight for a 5 Nations Title, a European and eventually a World Title.
John Richardson is aged 16 from Ballynilard, Tipperary. His chosen discipline is rugby and he plays his club rugby with Clanwiliam RFC with whom he won an U17 League and Plate this past year and an O’Brien Cup medal with Abbey CBS. Since completing trials he has gone on to train and play with East Munster and got on Munster Youth Panel. He hopes that the scholarship will him to progress his rugby career with club and province.
Mark Hoban is aged 15 from Monard, Tipperary. His chosen discipline is soccer and his club is St. Michael’s Schoolboys and Youths. He played in the Kennedy Cup last year which is historically considered to be the breeding ground for all future Irish under-age and senior international players. He captained the Emerging Talent Programme Team in Waterford and was capped for the Republic of Ireland U15 team in Austria this year and was on the Ireland Squad for the Galway Cup Tournament last month. He hopes to receive further caps for Ireland and to eventually play for an English club side.
Kirsty Donnelly is aged 18 from Tipperary Town. Her chosen sport is rugby and she plays her club rugby with Clanwiliam RFC. Last summer she took part in Munster 18 trials and was selected for the Munster U.18’s Team 2011/12 as their starting out half. The team were victorious in their matches against Connacht and Ulster. She hopes to go on and make the Munster Ladies Senior Team and one day to play for Ireland.
Peter Mulhair is aged 18 and from Tipperary Town. His chosen sport is GAA and he plays his club GAA with Arravale Rovers with whom he has won divisional medals in minor hurling and senior football and a county medal at U21 football level. He also has a Munster B football medal with the Abbey CBS. He hopes to make the U21 County Football team and to continue to play at senior level for his club.
Oisin O’Meara i s aged 17 and from Ballinard, Tipperary. His chosen discipline is rugby and he plays his club rugby with Kilfeacle RFC. He has made the Munster Youths Team and the Munster U19 Squad of 26. He has a Senior Munster Rugby O’Brien Cup Medal with the Abbey CBS where his try ensured cup victory for the Tipp Town school over High School CBS. He hopes in the future to play with a club in the AIB League.
Philip Ryan is aged 18 years and from Ballinahow, Tipperary. His chosen disciplines are rugby and cycling. He plays his club rugby with Kilfeacle RFC and his cycling with Cycling Pursuits. Over the last year he has had 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings in time trials and sprints at the Youth National Track Championships, Junior Mens N.T. Championships and a 6th placing in the Irish Youth Championships. He is hoping to get a top 5 placing in this year and has a goal to compete in the An Post Rás in 2015.
Áine Quinn is aged 18 years and from Cordangan, Tipperary. Her chosen discipline is rugby and she plays her club rugby with Clanwilliam RFC. She made the Munster U18 side in 2011/12 starting at scrum half and going on to be made team captain. She was called up to train with the Munster Senior Ladies and was called for 7’s trials with the Irish Senior Ladies. She hopes that the scholarship will help her to progress to play for the Munster and for Ireland.