World Student Games

Glenfarne's Ailbhe Clancy Taiwan bound to represent Ireland at World Student Games

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Glenfarne's Ailbhe Clancy (left) is pictured alongside fellow DCU students

Glenfarne's Ailbhe Clancy (left) is pictured alongside fellow DCU students and members of the Ireland soccer team Aoibhin Webb and Aisling Frawley.

Dublin City University have expressed their pride in the achievment of Glenfarne's Ailbhe Clancy who is one of eight students from the University who will represent Ireland at the 29th World University Games which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan from August 19-30.

Ailbhe along with Mohill's Dearbhaile Beirne (UCD) were both selected to represent Ireland but unfortunately Dearbhaile is unable to travel.

In total, 10,000 athletes will come together in Taipei to compete in over 300 medal events, across 21 sports at the World University Games.

Ailbhe is an analytical science major going into her fourth year at DCU and is also a key member of the Leitrim Ladies Gaelic Football team having scored 2-2 in last Sunday's win over Longford.

At DCU, she played in the HEC Lynch Cup in 2015 and the HEC division 1 league 2015.  She was on the all-star team for HEC in 2015 and the WSCAI Division 1 League in 2016/17. 

Yvonne McGowan, DCU’s Senior Sports Development Officer said, "The World University Games is the pinnacle of all University Sporting competition.  To be selected to compete on the global stage for Team Ireland at the World University Games is a huge achievement and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the athletes.

"DCU develops and supports elite athletes through the Sport Scholarship programme and we are now extremely proud to be supporting our athletes as they compete at the 29thWorld University Games. We would like to congratulate all eight athletes for their achievements and wish them every success in Taipei."

The World University Games, also known as the Summer Universiade, are held every two years under the auspices of FISU, the International University Sports Federation. The Games are second in size only to the Olympics with around 13,000 competitors and officials participating. The 2017 WUG programme will compromise of fourteen compulsory sports and eight optional sports which are determined by the relevant host country. The Games are an established part of high performance programmes for many Irish athletes in a range of different sport and offer the opportunity to compete in a global multi-sport environment.

Full schedules are now available from the official Universiade 2017 at

Next Wednesday's Leitrim Observer will feature a full interview with Ailbhe as she looks forward to the World Student Games.