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UCD and GPA launch Brian Mullins Graduate Sports Scholarship

  • Date: Fri, Jun 30, 2023

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The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and University College Dublin announced details of a new scholarship which has been created in memory of the late Dublin and St. Vincent’s football legend Brian Mullins.

“Brian Mullins is an almost mythical figure in Gaelic Games whose impact on the field of play will never be forgotten,” said GPA CEO Tom Parsons.

“However, there was much more to him than his sporting achievements .The legacy he has left behind in UCD Sports will have a positive impact for generations to come. We are delighted to partner with UCD on the Brian Mullins GAA/GPA Graduate Scholarship and make these potentially life changing opportunities available to two of our members,” concluded Parsons.

Brian Mullins was a champion of sport at UCD where he was appointed Director of UCD Sport in 2000 and made immense contributions to the life of UCD students across a career that spanned two decades.

Brian passed away last September and the Brian Mullins GAA/GPA Graduate Scholarship was created in honour of his contributions to sports, Gaelic Games and UCD.

“UCD are delighted to be partnering up with the GPA in honouring the immeasurable
contributions of Brian Mullins to student athletes and GAA players throughout the island of Ireland and beyond,” said UCD GAA Development Executive, Ger Brennan.

“Brian was a warrior on the field of play and a man for others off it. Thus, the new Brian Mullins UCD/GPA Scholarship will be awarded to one female and one male student athlete who embody the above qualities and are members of the GPA. This scholarship builds on the current UCD Graduate Sports Scholarship which Brian helped to create over 10 years ago. It also builds on the continued crucial work of the GPA in supporting the educational development of its male and female members,” concluded Brennan.

One male and one female GPA member will be able to avail of the scholarship which will cover full fees for one year. To be considered for this opportunity GPA members must:

  • apply to and then be offered a place on a UCD Graduate Sports Scholarship
  • be eligible to play 3rd Level GAA (as per Croke Park’s rule book) and be fit to
    represent UCD in 3rd Level GAA;
  • be an active member of the GPA;
  • apply for the UCD Graduate Sports Scholarship via the UCD Sports website and tick the box for the Brian Mullins Scholarship within the online application.

The application window is now open and will close on Monday 31st July, 5pm.

To mark the beginning of the partnership, Brian’s son Nathan was joined for a photocall by Paul McCabe (UCD Dean of Graduate Studies), Elaine Ahern (Head of Student Recruitment and Admissions, UCD College of Business), Ger Brennan (UCD GAA Development Executive), Josh Warde (UCD GAA Development Officer), Dominic O’ Keeffe (UCD Director of Student Services and Facilities), Gary O’Rourke (UCD and Cavan GAA), Brian Howard (GPA Education and Programme Manager) and Sinéad Wylde (UCD Alumnus and GPA).

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