Ultan O’ Grady – BBs (Hons) in Business

Name: Ultan O’Grady

School: Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to choose your course. 

My name is Ultan O’Grady, I’m 18 years old and I’m from Donegal Town. I chose my course because I enjoyed studying business in secondary school and I want to pursue a career in business.

Why did you choose ATU Sligo? 

I chose ATU Sligo because it is a short distance from home and they have very good facilities which I can use to improve my sporting and academic performance.

What advice would you give someone thinking about choosing ATU Sligo? 

I would advise them to come to ATU Sligo because they have great facilities and support systems in place to help you get through the year.

Do you like Sligo as a student town? e.g. things to do, food, nightlife, clubs and societies, accommodation etc. 

Yes, Sligo is a great town to live in as there is plenty to do to keep yourself busy and is relatively cheap to live as a student compared to the cities. It is very easy to make new friends through nightlife and clubs and societies.

What specifically about your course do you particularly enjoy? 

I particularly enjoy the Marketing module of my course because this is a possible area I would like to pursue a career.

What would you say to a student thinking about studying your course? 

I would tell them to do it as it’s a very interesting course because it involves a lot of real-world problems and solutions.

Tell us about your sporting career/success so far? 

I began playing football with my local club Donegal Town FC before playing for Donegal Schoolboys from the age of 11 until 14. I represented Donegal Schoolboys in various tournaments including the Kennedy cup and an all-Ireland Final. I have been playing with Sligo Rovers since u15s and I’m now playing with the u19s. In November 2019 I won the SSE Airtricity League Shield U17 in Kerry. As well as soccer I have played Gaelic for Four Masters GAA. I won County medals at u13, u16 and 3 at minor.

What is the best thing about sports and sports facilities at ATU Sligo? 

The best thing about sport in ATU Sligo is the great facilities like the Astro, grass pitches and gym. Furthermore, the coaches are great because they will help you in any way they can.

How has the sports scholarship benefited you? What are the advantages of it? 

The scholarship has benefited me by relieving some financial strain and also allows me free access to the gym.

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