KILDAVIN footballer, Caoimhe Redmond, who is doing a Business Studies and Sports Management Degree course has received a football scholarship from Limerick IT.
In her third year, she has been on gaelic football and rugby teams since she started her studies in the college. Like students across the country, most of her studies is done on-line at the moment but her next semester is work related. This will give her a little bit more flexibility. Caoimhe explains that part of her course differs slightly from a course with no sports content.
“We are lucky. We have some tactical classes every week so we are able to be out on the field. It is all on-line and it is tough all the same,” she says.
Caoimhe played football with Ballon but this year Kildavin have started up a ladies football team. Pandemic permitting, she will play with the new club as soon as they are allowed to tog out.
The scholarship didn’t come completely out of the blue. She had to apply for it on-line and was delighted her bid was successful.
“We get free membership in the gym for a year and use of the facilities. We have access to physios. We also have to take on extra responsibility on the team and we have to learn to balance club and college commitments,” she confirmed.
She will also be helped financially but at the moment everything is on hold. When the college was playing she had achieved success on the field of play and was looking forward to competing at a higher level.
“In LIT last year we won the league which was a massive achievement. That was huge for us,” she confirmed.
Back home she recalls winning a minor intercounty league title with Carlow, while she also played in a rugby league final at Donnybrook with Tullow.
By Kieran Murphy