Scholarship Agreement Between The GPA & ICHAS


The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) are delighted to continue it scholarship agreement for the academic year 2024/2025. The college is delighted to add three new Masters programmes to the scholarship for this academic year to add to our already agreed range of Ma programmes.

Speaking to mark the announcement, GPA CEO Tom Parsons said“We are always looking at ways to increase the support that we can make available to our student members and are delighted to welcome the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences to our roster of educational partners.  These scholarships will make an invaluable difference to the lives of the successful candidates and on behalf of players I want to say a massive thank you to the ICHAS team.”

On behalf of ICHAS, Tony O’Brien Quality Assurance Manager) added; “the College is delighted to be able to support members of the GPA to undertake Higher Education programmes which are validated and awarded by Quality Qualifications Ireland. Irish society is emerging from some challenging times and the work of the GPA in supporting players needs to be publicly acknowledged, so as a College, this is one of our ways of supporting candidates for the scholarships to achieve their potential. We look forward to a continued relationship with the GPA in other ways to support the mental health of players and the wider community in the future, if or when opportunities arise.”

GPA sponsored Programmes available for 2024/25


Applications are now open for the above courses for September 2024, Under the scholarship, ICHAS contributes 50% of the successful applicants programme fees and the GPA contributes the remaining 50%.


The procedure for GPA scholarship applicants is as follows:

  • The GPA member is requested to apply to the education partner directly for their preferred course
  • The GPA member can contact the education partner with questions about the specific courses at the following email address:
  • The GPA member must wait to hear from the education partner to see if they have been offered a place on the course (academically) before they can apply to be considered for a scholarship.
  • Once the GPA member is offered a place on the course, they can let the education partner know that they would like to be considered for the scholarship by emailing their CV & Cover letter to the following email address:
  • The education partner can check with the GPA to validate the players membership.
  • Once the GPA has validated the applicant’s membership, it is the decision of the education partner who is awarded the scholarship. The education partner will then advise the GPA of who are the successful and unsuccessful applicants
  • The education partner will contact each of the applicants to advise them of the outcome.
  • The GPA will follow up with each of the applicants directly. For successful applicants, the GPA will ask each scholarship recipient to sign an agreement that details the terms of the scholarship.

Any GPA members with any queries or questions should contact the GPA’s Education Manager


Pictured above  at the colleges campus ,Limerick camogie’s Marian Quaid and Clare football’s Podge Collins were joined by GPA CEO Tom Parsons and Róisín Taaffe and Tony O’Brien from ICHAS at their campus in Limerick to mark the agreement

GPA Scholarship Courses