This year’s recipients of the prestigious Martin Sheridan Bursaries have today been jointly announced by the Martin Sheridan Commemorative Committee and sponsors Mayo County Council.
The bursaries are each year awarded to some of Mayo’s most exceptionally talented young sportspeople who are displaying the potential to reach the very highest echelons of their sport.
The 2020 quintet makes for a very impressive list altogether, and the financial assistance they will receive is aimed to help them strive to make an impact on the national, European, international and Olympic stages.
Indeed one of the winners, Knockmore native Hugh Armstrong, is aiming to represent Ireland at next year’s Tokyo Olympics having already become the fastest ever marathon runner from Mayo.
Also in receipt of Sheridan Bursaries are: sprinter and hurdler Niamh O’Neill, a member of the Connacht High-Performance Athletics Squad and holder of 44 All-Ireland medals for club and school; boxer Eoghan Lavin, a winner of seven national titles and who won gold whilst competing in the Ireland v USA international; basketballer Hazel Finn who has been selected to play for Ireland in the 2021 European Championships in Austria; tennis ace Roisin Murphy who is ranked No. 5 in Ireland at U18 level.
“All of the recipients are high achievers and natural leaders in their field of sporting activity and are fully deserving of their awards,” commented Cllr Brendan Mulroy, cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council.