Martin Sheridan -Ireland’s Greatest Olympian – Bursary awards are now open

Posted in Connect on January 11, 2018.

The Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards are for sports people who have excellent potential, outstanding ability and the desire to perform at the highest level possible in their chosen sport and have the potential to bring recognition and success at National and International level to Mayo. As 2018 is the centenary of the death of Martin Sheridan, the 2017 and 2018 awards will have an overall value of €9000 to mark the anniversary.


Martin Sheridan was born in Bohola, County Mayo on the 28th March, 1881.  At 18 years of age he emigrated to America and joined the New York Police Force.  He trained as part of the NYP Athletics Team and  qualified to represent the United States in the Olympic Games.  Over a period of fourteen years, he won more Olympic Medals than any other Irish Athlete – Five Gold, Three Silver and one Bronze.  He also won twelve US Championships and over Thirty Canadian, Metropolitan and Regional Championships.  In the course of his career, he established sixteen world records and was considered virtually unbeatable. Martin died at the age of 36 from a viral infection.  In 1988, he was the first Irishman to be inducted into the prestigious National Track and Field Hall of Fame in Indianapolis.  Very few athletes have come up to Martin’s all round individual performance and his name will always be remembered in athletic circles as one of the all time greats.  In Bohola today, The Sheridan Memorial Community Centre is dedicated to his memory along with a very impressive memorial which stands in the grounds of the Community Centre.


Applications for the 2018 Martin Sheridan Bursary awards are now open. For information please email Details and criteria for application are downloadable here:
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