TWO young Laois women are celebrating after winning sports scholarships with Trinity College Dublin.
Sarah Creagh (18) from Rathdowney received the award for camogie, while 21-year-old Áine Haberlin from Portarlington earned her scholarship for Gaelic football.
A first-year dental nursing student, Sarah played with the St Brigid’s club and was a member of the Laois junior camogie team that won the All-Ireland in 2015. Proud to be selected for a scholarship, she said: “Camogie is a huge passion of mine and it is great to get rewarded for it.”
Áine, a final-year law student, played Gaelic football for both the St Conleth’s club and Laois and is a key member of the Trinity ladies’ football team. She described the scholarship as great recognition of how seriously the university take ladies’ football. She said: “I’ve had some of my best footballing memories playing for Trinity and this scholarship is a great help in the range of supports it gives me. Trying to balance final year with hopefully winning the Giles Cup this year is made easier through the scholarship.”
The college presented 68 sports scholarships at a celebration in the famous TCD dining hall, which was attended by the winners, their families and friends. The scholarships were awarded in 20 different sports ranging from taekwondo to basketball, rugby, rowing and hockey.
Like Sarah and Áine, many winners already have a long list of achievements and the scholarship will help them to progress even further on the national and international stage. The scholarship includes specialised strength and conditioning training, a dedicated medical-care pathway and financial support.