Awards presentation in TU Dublin City Campus for 49 elite student athletes.

TU Dublin City Campus celebrated its elite student athletes when 49 new student athletes were honoured and formally awarded a place on the 2016-17 Elite Athlete Support Programme.



Ellen Keane, TU Dublin City Campus Elite Athlete and Irish Paralympic Bronze Medallist, accepting her award from Dr. Noel O’Connor, Director of Student Development at TU Dublin City Campus.

‌The students represent a wide range of sports - from gaelic games, rugby and soccer to archery, hockey and rowing.  They also represent a wide range of academic subjects, including six postgraduate students.

One of the elite athletes and guest of honour at the dinner was Irish Paralympian and Bronze Medallist, Ellen Keane.  Ellen, who attended the event with her parents Eddie and Laura Keane, was also honoured for her achievements at Paralympic Games in Rio.   Other elite student athletes who have excelled on the national and international stages and were presented with their awards included Barry Fitzpatrick, Irish U20 Rugby; Bill Maher, Tipperary Hurler; Brian Howard Dublin Gaelic Footballer; and Catherine McKeon, Irish Paralympian Rower.

Presenting the awards, the Director of Student Development in TU Dublin City Campus, Dr. Noel O’Connor commended the Athlete Support Programme which has helped to raise the profile of sports and recreation across DIT and beyond.  “Our success over the years in high profile tournaments such as Gaelic Football’s Sigerson Cup and outstanding wins in Intervarsity Cricket, Rugby and Hockey, brings huge pride to the Institute – and inspires the next generation of athletes “.

Sinéad McNulty, Head of Sport at TU Dublin, acknowledged the wealth of talent that comes through the doors each year “Our sports clubs benefit hugely from the knowledge, expertise and experience brought by athletes of the calibre of those here this evening” 


Dr. Noel O’Connor presenting Bill Maher, TU Dublin Elite Student Athlete and and Tipperary Hurler, at the Awards Presentation.


Barry Fitzpatrick, TU Dublin City Campus Elite Student Athlete, and Irish U/20 Rugby Squad Member, with his Award.

Elite Athlete Awards 2016

Aoife Farrell, TU Dublin Elite Student Athlete and Camogie Player at the Awards Presentation.