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2023 Jerry Kiernan Foundation Athletes

The Jerry Kiernan Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting aspiring Irish athletes, is proud to announce the list of athletes who will be receiving financial support in 2023. The list includes Olympians, European Cross Country Medallists, multiple national champions and exciting emerging talents. 

Established in 2021, the Foundation, which was established in memory of Jerry Kiernan, the legendary educator, coach and mentor to students and athletes over 35 years, and aims to provide funding and resources to help young athletes achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

The 2023 list of supported athletes includes a mix of up-and-coming stars and seasoned competitors, all of whom have shown great promise and potential to compete and challenge on the world stage in their respective sports.

The Foundation will provide financial assistance to cover training expenses, equipment costs, and other essential needs to help these athletes focus on their training and competition schedules.

"We are thrilled to be able to support these talented and hard-working athletes," said Murt Coleman, the Chairman of the Jerry Kiernan Foundation. "Jerry gave tirelessly of his time and energy to all those who were lucky enough to call him their teacher, coach or friend. By investing in these athletes we aim to keep Jerry’s memory alive and to honour his legacy in a fitting manner.”

The list of athletes to be financially supported by the Jerry Kiernan Foundation in 2023 includes:

  • Cathal Doyle
  • Courtney McGuire
  • Efrem Gidey
  • Eilish Flanagan
  • Hiko Tonosa
  • Jack Raftery
  • John Fitzsimons
  • John Travers
  • Louise Shanahan
  • Michaela Walsh
  • Reece Ademola
  • Roisin Flanagan

The Jerry Kiernan Foundation would like to extend its congratulations to these athletes and wish them all the best in their training and competitions throughout the year.