Elite Scholars

The Elite Athlete Support Programme at the Institute of Technology Carlow is designed specifically for students who wish to compete and succeed at the highest sporting level while studying. The programme supports high calibre athletes striving for sporting success, while providing the opportunity to reach their maximum potential both in their academic careers.

Elite Scholars 2017


Jaymiah Bethune, Union, New Jersey, USA - Basketball

Course: Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning
Jaymiah plays point guard and was accepted onto a full scholarship to play basketball at Division 1 college Monmouth University in the US. JB graduated with a major in Health and Physical Education there before coming to Carlow to further her studies. JB is combining her study and playing basketball in Carlow while coaching basketball to children in the local community.

Michael Klinger, New Jersey, USA - Basketball

Course: Master of Business
Michael, who plays shooting guard and captains the Institute of Technology Carlow National League Team, attended Drew University while studying in the states and as well as being crowned athlete of the year, Michael became the colleges third leading scorer in school history. While studying in Ireland, Michael is also involved with coaching basketball in local clubs and schools around Carlow.

Ciara Cooney, Galway - Rugby

Course: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport Science
Ciara plays international rugby for the Irish Ladies Team, making her debut in Ireland’s first ever Autumn International against England in 2015. Ciara plays her club rugby with Railway Union and Leinster and currently has 12 caps for Ireland. Ciara played a key role in both the 2016 and 2017 Women’s Six Nations campaigns.

Colin Dunford, Colligan, Waterford - Hurling

Course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Management Practice
Colin is a member of the Waterford Senior Hurling Panel where he played a key role in 2016 as they reached the All Ireland semi-final narrowly losing out to Kilkenny after a replay. In 2015 Colin won a Division 1 National Hurling League title and was nominated by the GAA for an all-star award for his displays over the course of the season. Colin has also represented Waterford at minor and U-21 level as well as representing Dungarvan Colleges at Harty Cup level.

Kevin Kelly, St Patrick's, Ballyraggett, Kilkenny - Hurling

Course: Masters of Business
Kevin is a vital member of Kilkenny Senior Hurling Panel, winning a Senior All Ireland and Leinster Championship in 2015. Kevin shot to fame in 2016 when he got the nod to make his first championship start for Kilkenny in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final vs Tipperary contributing 1-2 from play. Previous to this Kevin has represented Kilkenny at Minor, U-21 and Intermediate level as well as winning an All-Ireland Junior Club Title in 2011 with his club St. Patricks, Ballyragget.

Michael Hurley, Castlehaven, Cork - Gaelic Football

Course: Bachelor of Arts in Sports Coaching and Business Management (GAA)
Michael has represented Cork at Minor U-21 and is currently a key member of their senior team. In 2016 Michael won a Munster U-21 title, before losing out to Mayo in a pulsating All Ireland final. Michael’s performances saw him get a call up to the Cork Senior Football squad and he played his way into the team and started the 2016 All Ireland Quarter Final vs Donegal. Michael is also the current Munster U-21 footballer of the year.

Edwina Keane, St Martins, Co Kilkenny - Camogie

Course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sports Management and Coaching
A member of the Kilkenny Senior Camogie side, Edwina had her most memorable year to date in 2016 winning a senior All Ireland title, while also being nominated for an all-star for her performances at wingback. Edwina has picked up a number of awards in her career to date with a Leinster Young Player of the year award in 2008 and a Camogie All Star in 2013.

Marcus Lawlor, St Laurence O’Toole A/C, Carlow - Athletics

Course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sports Management and Coaching
A sprinter of great quality and currently the fastest man in Ireland. He is the current Irish Junior record holder at 100m and 200m. He also holds the indoor and outdoor record of the fastest time for 200m at the Irish Universities championships. Marcus was a semi-finalist at the European Seniors 200m last summer and only recently has been nominated for the u23 Irish athlete of the year and has been awarded the IUAA male athlete of the year.