Our state-of-the-art sporting facilities, An Dánlann, have helped inspire many top class performances over the years.
The Institute has a very busy sports programme run throughout the academic year in association with Student Sport Ireland, the GAA and the FAI. Badminton, through the assistance of Student Sport Ireland, has developed in the Institute.
The sports programme at LYIT is run by the Sports Officer who manages the competitive fixtures and teams. The Sports Officer is happy to assist students by providing the required information on how to get involved in competitive sports at LYIT.
Some of our recent sporting successes include:
Gaelic Football (Men)
In football, the men’s GAA team continues to progress. Michael Murphy, Donegal Captain, is the GAA coach at LYIT. In 2019 they won the Trench Cup and now look forward to the challenge of competing in Sigerson Cup.
The team has been playing in Division 1 of the Colleges and Universities Football League for many years. Last year the team finished joint top of the table and were runners-up in the CUFL League Final. With a complement of Intermediate and League of Ireland players on the panel, the quest for new talent does not stop. To our existing training programme, we have introduced fitness testing for the benefit of our playing panel.
In 2018 the ladies Soccer team in LYIT were winners in both the league and cup competitions this year winning the Division 1 Colleges league title, defeating the Garda college in the final. That same year the team were also the winners of the O ’Regan Plate competition. They have players on the panel that have international honours at U17 level.
Gaelic Football (Ladies)
LYIT reached the finals in 2019 of the Moynihan Cup and were beaten narrowly in the final by DKIT. Some of the players on the panel have also been awarded Sports Scholarships at the Institute in recognition of their effort.
The sport has re-emerged in recent years at LYIT. The past years have brought some success to LYIT in Hurling with a victory in the Corn MacDiarmada competition in 2015/16.Training and selection of players continues with the assistance of the Sports Scholarship programme as a reward for dedication in the club.
The Badminton Club in LYIT has both a competitive and a leisure side. The competitive team compete in the Student Sport Ireland intervarsity competition along with regional competitors which include Ulster University. The recreational Badminton Club enjoys the impressive surroundings and facilities of An Dánlann, the Sports Centre at LYIT. The Badminton Club meet and play regular badminton games throughout the year.
Since the arrival of the American Victory Scholars’ to LYIT since 2016, this has proved to make a remarkable change to Basketball in LYIT. The Basketball men’s team secured the Division 2 Colleges title, thanks to the US influence, defeating rivals and much fancied Dundalk IT in the finals. The Basketball Ladies also witnessed a revival with the first team competing in the Colleges Basketball programme since 2009. Sports Scholarships were awarded to players from both clubs for their dedication and skills. Both teams also compete in the North West Basketball league in Donegal. The programme continues with much energy and direction offered through the assistance of Basketball Ireland who have appointed a new Development Officer to the Donegal and North West region, who resides at LYIT and works with the Sports Officer. LYIT welcomed four Victory Scholars, from the US, to the campus in 2018/19.
The Institute competes in the national IATBA championships held each year in March. This coming year the programme also supports players in international competitions.
A number of rising stars are now coming to the fore in Athletics at LYIT and they gain support in their competitions throughout the year. LYIT also work closely with local athletic clubs.