Eight players from champions Mary Immaculate College have been selected on the ‘Rising Stars’ Fitzgibbon Cup Team of the year, whereas seven from the Sigerson Cup winning college, St Mary’s, made the football equivalent.
The best performers throughout the senior third level education competitions have been recognised and rewarded with the accolade.
On the hurling front, All-Ireland champions, Tipperary are the county best represented on the Fitzgibbon team of the year with five – Ronan Maher, Michael Breen, Willie Connors, Stephen Cahill and David Sweeney.
Tyrone are the leading county in the big ball selection after Cathal McShane, Kieran McGeary, Conall McCann and Conor Meyler all impressed in their Sigerson campaigns.
Mary I defeated Carlow IT soundly in the Fitzgibbon Cup final to win back-to-back championships, while St Mary’s of Belfast overcame hot favourites UCD in the Sigerson decider.
With an array of young stars sprinkled across both selections, which include some already household names in GAA quarters, be sure to keep an eye out for some of these students names in the future. Both teams of the year in full are listed below:
Fitzgibbon Cup “Rising Stars” Team of The Year
1. Enda Rowland (Laois – IT Carlow)
2. David Sweeney (Tipperary – Mary I)
3. Damien Healy (Meath – IT Carlow)
4. Dwayne Palmer (Laois – IT Carlow)
5. Conor Twomey (Cork – Mary I)
6. Ronan Maher (Tipperary – Mary I)
7. Willie Connors (Tipperary – Limerick IT)
8. Stephen Cahill (Tipperary – Mary I)
9. Michael Breen (Tipperary – UCC)
10. Darragh O Donovan (Limerick – Mary I)
11. Michael O Neill (Clare – Mary I)
12. Cian Lynch (Limerick – Mary I)
13. Aaron Gillane (Limerick – Mary I)
14. Stephen Maher (Laois – IT Carlow)
15. John Hetherton (Dublin – Garda College)
Sigerson Cup “Rising Stars” Team of The Year
1. Joe O’Donoghue (Dundalk IT – Cavan)
2. Kevin McKernan (St Mary’s – Down)
3. Michael Fitzsimons (UCD – Dublin)
4. Kieran McGeary (St Mary’s – Tyrone)
5. Conor Meyler (St Mary’s – Tyrone)
6. Jack McCaffrey (UCD – Dublin)
7. Gearoid Hegarty (UL – Limerick)
8. Oisin O’Neill (St Mary’s – Armagh)
9. Jack Barry (UCD – Kerry)
10. Adrian Spillane (UCC – Kerry)
11. Conor McCarthy (UCD – Monaghan)
12. Conall McCann (St Mary’s – Tyrone)
13. Matthew Fitzpatrick (St Mary’s – Antrim)
14. Cathal McShane (St Mary’s – Tyrone)
15. Denis Daly (UL – Kerry)