Longford County Council Sports Bursary for 2024

Longford County Council, through Longford Sports Partnership, is pleased to announce that the Longford County Council Sports Bursary for 2024 is now open for applications. 

This Longford County Council-funded bursary is awarded to aspiring and ambitious individual performers, who are competing and succeeding at the highest sporting levels. These individuals have the ability and potential to bring recognition and success at national, European, and international levels in their chosen sport.

Previous recipients have included Irish international soccer player Melissa O’Kane; rising star of middle-distance athletics Cian McPhillips from Ardagh, and one of Ireland’s leading swimmers Darragh Greene from Newtownforbes. 

Previous recipient Irish swimmer Darragh Greene. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Cllr Colm Murray welcomed the opening of the bursary for applications, describing it as a wonderful facility. “Longford County Council is in a privileged position to be able to help facilitate achievement by our brightest and best sporting stars, those who are already flying the flag for our county and those who are showing that they are destined for greatness. I look forward to supporting the next crop of Longford greats for many years to come.” 

Chief Executive Paddy Mahon encouraged athletes to consider coming forward to apply, “This award is a practical way of supporting Longford’s sporting talent, both up and coming and already established. Anyone who is selected is joining a prestigious set of previous recipients who have proven to be great role models for their county.” 

Applicants from any sporting field recognised by Sport Ireland must be born or domiciled in County Longford. Applicants who are competing at national, European or international level and studying or training abroad are eligible to apply.

The award assists in the cost of education, training, travel and equipment.  

It will normally be made to those over 16 years of age, however, exceptions to this may be made in the case where a person is competing at a national, international or equivalent level, as determined by the chosen sport.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 4 March at 5pm. 

Full criteria and application forms are available on Longfordsports.ie

For further information, contact sports@longfordcoco.ie or call 043 334 3493.

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