Dermot Earley Bursary winners announced

Aisling Hanly from Kilteevan pictured receiving the Dermot Earley Bursary award from Leas-Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr John Cummins and CEO of Roscommon County Council, Shane Tiernan. Also in the picture is Aisling’s mum, Liz (right).

Roscommon County Council is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s prestigious Dermot Earley Bursary named in honour of one of the county’s finest every sportsmen. The awards were presented in the chamber of Aras an Chontae recently.

The initiative, now in its eleventh year, honours outstanding young men and women, not only for their sporting excellence but also for their potential in their chosen field. Each of the recipients receive a bursary of €1,000 each.

The scholarships afford financial assistance to two successful candidates, one male and one female, residing in County Roscommon and attending their first year in Third Level Education following completion of one’s Leaving Cert along with having an accomplished background in sport.

Aisling Hanly from Kilteevan is this year’s female award recipient. The 19-year-old achieved an excellent Leaving Cert result last year. She is now in her first year studying PE and Biology in DCU (Dublin City University).

Aisling’s main sport is Gaelic football. She was the captain of the Roscommon Convent of Mercy team that won the All-Ireland B title last year. Her club is Kilbride, who are multiple county title winners.

Aisling is also a member of the current Roscommon adult team who have just secured promotion to Division 2 of the National Football League for 2025. She has also featured on the DCU first team who won the third-level O’Connor Cup recently, the highest grade of football for third-level colleges. Her ambition is to win an All-Ireland Intermediate title with Roscommon in the foreseeable future.

Cormac Rynn from Derreenavoggy pictured receiving the Dermot Earley Bursary award from Leas-Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr John Cummins (second from right) and CEO of Roscommon County Council, Shane Tiernan (left). Also in the picture is Cormac’s mum, Fiona (right). Pic: Gerard O’Loughlin

18-year-old Cormac Rynn from Derreenavoggy near Arigna is this year’s male award recipient. He is creating history this year as the first non-GAA recipient of the Dermot Early Award since their inception.

Cormac is currently attending University of Limerick (UL) where he is studying Biological and Chemical Sciences.

Cormac is a member of the Trident Swim club in Carrick and is the current Connacht champion in a number of events, having medalled at national level on multiple occasions. His immediate aim is to make the national Swim team and ultimately the Irish 2028 Olympic team.

Roscommon County Council established an annual sports bursary in honour of the late Dermot Earley in 2011. The former county footballer from Gortaganny is renowned as one of the county’s greatest ever footballers and was Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces from 2007 until 2010, prior to his untimely death in June of that year.

This year’s award winners were commended for their successes by the Leas-Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr John Cummins and by the Chief Executive, Shane Tiernan. Both acknowledged the achievements of Aisling and Cormac and wished both recipients every success in their respective disciplines.