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28 March 2022

Mayo County Council Martin Sheridan Sports Memorial Bursary

The Martin Sheridan Bursary is intended for sports people who have excellent potential, outstanding ability and the desire to perform at the highest level possible in their chosen sport. Mayo County Council in their budget have allocated the sum of €5,000 towards the Martin Sheridan Bursary Scheme.

 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.

An application for the Bursary must be made by a third party i.e. a Sporting Club or Organisation on behalf of the nominee. Only one male and one female athlete may be nominated by a third party. 

2022 Applications now open -Closing date for receipt of entries is now Friday 29th April

Applications for the 2022 Martin Sheridan Bursary awards, in association with The Western People, are now open. Details and criteria for application are available by emailing: or at the information for nominees section on this site.

The Committee are grateful to Mayo County Council for their continued and ongoing support of the awards. Applications must be received on or before Friday 29th April 2022.

See application deatils HERE

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