Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Applications for the 2021 Martin Sheridan Bursary scheme are now officially open.

The scheme, named in honour of one of Mayo’s greatest sporting sons, is designed to financially support young sportspeople who have demonstrated outstanding ability and the potential and desire to perform at the highest level possible in their chosen sport. A sum totalling €5,000 has been allocated from Mayo County Council to go toward the bursary scheme.

Mayo native Martin Sheridan on his way to winning the discus at the 1908 London Olympics. Picture: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Athletes from across Mayo are eligible for the bursary, but applications for the bursary must come from a third party, such as a sporting club or organisation, on behalf of the nominee. Each third party may nominate just one male and one female nominee.

Each application will be assessed on an individual basis by the Martin Sheridan Memorial Bursary Committee. Canvassing of any kind will immediately disqualify the applicant from consideration.

Nominators should aim to put forward a complete and concise application for their chosen nominee. Application forms and more information can be found at mayo.ie.

Hurdler Sarah Quinn, a past recipient of a Martin Sheridan Bursary award, with her coach Jim Ryan and her mother Assumpta. Picture: David Farrell Photography

The Martin Sheridan Bursary Fund is named in honour of one of Mayo’s greatest-ever athletes. Sheridan was born in Bohola in 1881 and emigrated to the USA at the age of 18. He joined the New York Police Department and trained as part of the NYPD athletics team, qualifying to represent the USA in the Olympic Games of 1904, 1906 and 1908. He was a five-time Olympic gold medalist in the discus and shot put and also won Olympic medals in the standing long jump, standing high jump and stone throw.

Sheridan died of pneumonia at the age of just 36 in March 1918. In 1988, he was the first Irishman to be inducted into the prestigious US National Track and Field Hall of Fame in Indianapolis. In Bohola today, the Martin Sheridan Memorial Community Centre is dedicated to his memory.

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