The third recipient of the Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship at UL, Ciaran Brady of Clonmore, Tullamore, County Offaly, has been formally awarded the scholarship which is worth €4000 over his three years of study. The Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship has been established through the generosity of the Dooley family. The family, who are from Limerick, decided to establish the scholarship in honour of their father, who captained the Irish Olympic eight, in the 1948 Olympic Games in London.
Ciaran, a first year Bachelor of Education student at Mary Immaculate College, which is affiliated to the University of Limerick, was awarded the scholarship on the basis of rowing promise.
Since the 1948 Olympics Paddy Dooley has stayed involved in the sport, coaching at St Michaels and ultimately starting the Limerick Masters Rowing Association in 1993. He worked hard to raise the profile of the sport in Limerick and to extend its reach. He spearheaded the effort to bring a Limerick master's crew to compete in the Boston Head of the Charles regatta in 2003 and 2004. He lead an effort to raise €100,000, to make the Castleconnell boat club accessible to school children, and to pass on his love of the sport to successive generations. A finalist for "Limerick Person of the Year" in 2004, for his efforts on behalf of rowing in the city, Paddy Dooley still exudes passion for the sport.
Attending the awards were from left: Professor Eugene Wall, Vice President External Affairs mary Immaculate College; Paddy Dooley, Ciaran Brady and Professor Don Barry, President, UL.