GAA football star David Clifford capped off a memorable summer by graduating from the University of Limerick yesterday.
The Kerry forward, who wasn’t content with winning the All-Irelands, is now starting out with academic achievements.
The 23-year-old received a master’s degree in physical education from UL during a fall awards ceremony at Limerick College with other students.
The Tralee-born sharpshooter starred in UL GAA’s Sigerson Cup Final and earned Higher Education Rising Star Footballer of the Year honors.
The Fossa clubman was also named man of the match in the All-Ireland Football final against Galway earlier this year when Kerry scored his first goal
All-Ireland in eight years.
He was also named Sunday game Soccer player of the year.
A recipient of a Silver Scholarship from UL, Clifford has been with the UL Sports Scholarships Academy for the past two years, which has allowed him access to the high-performance gym to maintain his rigorous athletic program throughout the course.
Before graduating, Clifford said:
“I can’t recommend (the course) enough for the time we were in college and the internships we had.
“The lecturers and the sports department were very courteous and friendly, especially when it came to combining studies and our Sigerson Cup final run.
“Coming to Limerick was a bit daunting at first, but the sports facilities alone (at UL) are amazing.”
Clifford is among thousands of students receiving their parchments this week, with nearly 3,300 new graduates being recognized over five days of the college’s fall award ceremonies at UL.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/kerry-footballer-david-clifford-adds-university-of-limerick-masters-to-his-long-list-of-summer-feats-41933085.html Kerry footballer David Clifford adds a Masters degree from the University of Limerick to his long list of summer accomplishments