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posted Jan 19, 2016, 11:51 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 11:55 AM ]


posted Sep 8, 2015, 4:28 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 4:32 AM ]


The GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2015/2016 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Now in its ninth year, the scheme is open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course (except those who hold another GAA-related or college scholarship/bursary) and who are active participants in their Higher Education club; to date the GAA has invested close to €2million in the eight years that its Bursary Schemes have been in existence. 

The schemes are administered by the respective Provincial Councils and recipients will again be selected based on a range of criteria, including their playing, coaching or administrative commitments to the GAA. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.
Applications for the scheme will be considered by a sub-committee in each province; each bursary granted will be for €750 in Munster, Leinster and Connacht (Ulster Amount TBC).

Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are available to download below and from the relevant GAA Provincial Council websites and offices. Students should apply using the relevant application form to the Provincial Council of their home GAA Club.

All completed forms should be returned to the relevant Provincial Council and the closing dates for applications are as follows: 
Friday October 2nd  - Munster
Friday October 9th  - Leinster, Connacht & Ulster.

Senior Inter-County players who were on their County’s Senior Panel in 2015 should apply for Bursaries via the Gaelic Players Association; further information at HE GAA Rising Stars 2015

posted Apr 22, 2015, 6:50 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Apr 22, 2015, 6:50 AM ] HE GAA Rising Stars 2015

Comhairle Ardoideachais and  are delighted to announce the HE GAA Rising Stars Teams of the 2015 Higher Education Championships.

After two memorable weekends in Munster hosted by University College Cork and Limerick IT, DCU eventually came out on top after extra-time against the hosts and holders UCC in the Sigerson Cup final while it took a replay for UL to overcome reigning champions WIT in the Fitzgibbon Cup.

The Garda College,  Ulster University Magee & Mater Dei also claimed Football Championships while Trinity College, Galway/Roscommon ETB & John Moores University (Liverpool) were successful in the Senior Hurling competitions.

Both of the premier competition champions are well represented on their respective teams (DCU(6), UL(7)), while losing finalists UCC(5) and WIT (5) also make a significant contribution. In terms of counties, Roscommon and Kerry both have the most representatives on the football team (3 each) while in the hurling Tipperary lead the way with five selections, the most of any county.

Ger Keville, Sports Editor, praised those selected. “We are delighted to be sponsors of the Higher Education GAA Championships, competitions that epitomises everything great about the GAA. We have a very strong GAA tradition in the Independent and with the growth of, which is now Ireland’s biggest online source of sports news, we look forward to bringing you more top coverage that reflects the high standards of the Higher Education Championships,. The young stars who participate are the very players that will grace the Croke Park pitch on All Ireland Final days and we are privileged to be part of that, and on that note we congratulate all the winners of the Rising Stars awards as well as every one of the players who took part in the Higher Education Championships,​ this year.”

Those selected will be honoured at a function on the evening of Tuesday April 28th in Croke Park


Rising Stars Football Team 2015



Tadhg Lowe




                 2.                                                                3.                                                               4.

          David Byrne                                        Jack McGuire                                           David Culhane

         (UCD/Dublin)                                                   (UCC/Kerry)                                                      (UCC/Kerry)



5.                                                             6.                                                      7.

        Colm Begley                                              Conor Moynagh                                            Tom Clancy

        (DCU/Laois)                                                          (DCU/Cavan)                                           (UCC/Cork)



                                                  8.                                                                         9.

                    Steven O’Brien                                                 Brendan Murphy

                   (DCU/Tipperary)                                           (IT Carlow/Carlow)




10.                                                                    11.                                                           12.

      Niall Kelly                                                   Luke Connolly                                         Mickey Quinn

    (UCD / Kildare)                                           (UCC/Cork )                                          (DCU/Longford)




              13.                                                                14.                                                             15.

     Colin Compton                                           Conor Cox                                             Enda Smith

     (Garda/Roscommon)                                (UCC/Kerry)                                      (DCU/Roscommon)


 Rising Stars Hurling Team 2015


 Paul Maher




            2.                                                                     3.                                                     4.

Brian Stapleton                                               Brian Troy                                       Tom Fox

(UL/Tipperary)                                              (UL/Kilkenny)                                (WIT/Tipperary)



             5.                                                                     6.                                                      7.

    Martin O’Neill                                              David McInerney                            Cian Buckley

    (WIT/Waterford)                                                      (UL/Clare)                                              (Cork IT/ Cork)



                                            8.                                                                        9.

           Danny Sutcliffe                                                 Tony Kelly

        (Trinity/Dublin)                                                  (UL /Clare)



             10.                                                                    11.                                                           12.

     Jason Forde                                              Pauric Mahony                                 Tommy Heffernan

    (UL/Tipperary)                                       (WIT/Waterford)                                  (UL/Tipperary)



             13.                                                               14.                                                         15.

  Gavin O’Brien                                               Austin Gleeson                                       David Reidy

   (WIT/Waterford)                                                 (WIT/Waterford)                                   (LIT/Clare)



Comhairle Ardoideachais Statement - Dave Billings RIP

posted Apr 15, 2015, 4:32 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 4:35 AM ]

Comhairle Ardoideachais Statement - Dave Billings RIP

It is with shock and deep sadness Comhairle Ardoideachais (CA), and all those involved in Higher Education GAA, learned of the untimely passing of Dave Billings (UCD GAA). A stalwart of the Dublin GAA scene and the Higher Education GAA sector throughout his life as a player, student, team mentor and administrator, Dave will be sorely missed throughout the GAA community.


In his role as UCD GAA Executive, Dave made an invaluable contribution to the association on the Belfield Campus and was immersed in the running of all the University's sides, from the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon teams to the Junior and Fresher C teams. On many occasions he accommodated the use of the University's facilities to CA, HE Clubs, GAA Clubs, Post Primary and Primary Schools, often at extremely short notice.


Comhairle Ardoideachais, on behalf of all those involved in Higher Education GAA, would like to extend our condolences to Ann, the Billings family, all those involved with UCD, St.Vincents, Dublin GAA and his many friends. 


As a mark of respect, the Annual Convention of Comhairle Ardoideachais, which was scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. Fitzgibbon Cup Final Replay UL 2-18 WIT 1-14 (Full match Video)

posted Mar 12, 2015, 5:28 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 8:49 AM ] Fitzgibbon Cup Final Replay UL 2-18 WIT 1-14 (Full match Video)

UL defeated WIT by seven points in the Fitzgibbon Cup Final Replay in Páirc Uí Rinn last evening. Full match with commentary from Oisin Langan and Seanie McGrath can be seen below. (Camera and Production by Jerome Quinn)

First Half

Second Half

YouTube Video

Holders Begin Campaign with Impressive Win in Derby Tie

posted Jan 27, 2015, 10:50 AM by HE GAA HE GAA Sigerson Cup UCC: 3-15 CIT: 1-06

By: Stephen Walsh

UCC won this local Cork derby by 15 points against CIT played in the Mardyke in front of a large crowd. A strong second half showing from UCC proved the difference between the sides,  at one stage UCC scored 3-10 without reply and this was to prove vital to the final score. UCC will now play the winners of the Queens/IT Sligo clash on the 11th of February in the Mardyke.

UCC started the stronger of the two sides with Conor Cox who would go onto score eight points during the game opening the scoring with a point after a minute. Cork Senior Donal Óg Hodnett would open the scoring for CIT with a point from a free 20 yards out from goal on seven minutes.

CIT were to take the lead on ten minutes when Darragh Tracey laid the ball off to John Corkery and the Cork man slotted the ball low past Michael Martin into the UCC goal. This was followed up with Brendan O’Sullivan scoring a point for CIT to extend the lead to 1-3 to 0-2.

CIT were playing the better football as 15 minutes of the game passed with them being successful down the right wing in particular. While defensively CIT were making good use of the sweeper that was restricting the ball going into UCC’s dangerous full forward line.

Their cause was further helped on 19 minutes when UCC player Brian O’Driscoll was shown a black card by Derek O’Mahony for dragging back Donough Leahy as he attempted to clear the ball.

The loss of O’Driscoll appeared to spur UCC on with Kerry senior player Paul Geaney scoring a point and then Luke Connolly pointed shortly afterwards following a poor kick out.  

UCC were to get their first goal of the game on 27 minutes when Sean Kiely made a powerful run into the box before passing to Thomas Hickey who punched the ball into the net.

The second goal arrived on the verge of half time when a Cox free dropped short and Geaney rose highest to punch the ball into the net past Hanrahan.  This was followed up with Tomas Clancy scoring a point as UCC went in to the break 2-8 to 1-3 ahead.

The second half was hardly a minute old when Conor Dorman burst through the middle of the pitch to power a shot low past Hanrahan into the CIT goal.  Further points followed through Cox and Clancy as UCC were now well on top of Paudie Kissane’s CIT team.

It wasn’t until 16 minutes had gone in the second half that CIT scored their first point of the half through O’Sullivan and this was followed up by a point from Michael Vaughan minutes later.

As the game entered the final ten minutes both sides emptied their benches to give players a run out and as a result the pace of the game slowed considerably.

In the final minutes CIT nearly grabbed a late consolation goal but Michael Martin was well able to save O’Sullivan’s shot before reacting quickly to push Hodnett’s rebound out for a 45.

For CIT it’s the end of their Sigerson campaign in 2015 while for Billy Morgan’s UCC they have a quarter final in two weeks time in the Mardyke.

UCC Scorers: C. Cox (0-8, 0-4f), T. Hickey (1-2), P. Geaney (1-1), C. Dorman (1-0), T. Clancy (0-2), L. Connolly, D. Harrington (0-1, each)

CIT Scorers: J. Corkery (1-1), D. Hodnett (0-1f), B O’Sullivan (0-2, each), M. Vaughan (0-1)

UCC (Cork unless stated): Michael Martin, Fergal McNamara (Kerry), Jack Maguire (Kerry), David Culhane (Kerry), Conor Dorman, Brian O’Driscoll, Tomas Clancy, Ian Maguire, Gary O’Sullivan (Kerry), Shaun Keane (Kerry), Luke Connolly, Sean Kiely, Thomas Hickey (Kerry), Paul Geaney (Kerry), Conor Cox (Kerry)

Subs: Sean White for O’Driscoll (19) (Black Card), David Harrington for Geaney (37), Éanna Ó Conchuir (Kerry) for Kiely (42), Padraig O Connor (Kerry) for Culhane (47), Jamie Davis for Clancy (49), Alan O’Donovan for Keane (55)

CIT (Cork unless stated): David Hanrahan, Paul O’Sullivan (Kerry), Stephen Cahil (Limerick), TJ Brosnan, Padraig Crowley, Brendan O’Sullivan (Kerry), Donough Leahy (Tipperary), Killian O’Connor, Darragh Tracey (Limerick), Sean O’Flynn (Tipperary), Jerry O’Connor, Conor Jordan (Kerry), Barry O’Mahony, Donal Óg Hodnett, John Corkery

Subs: Michael Vaughan for O’Connor (30), Roland Whelton for Leahy (39), Dan Daly (Kerry) for Tracey (39), Anthony O’Connor for O’Mahony (51), HE GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015 Preview

posted Jan 25, 2015, 8:23 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 2:48 AM ] HE GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015 Preview


The Higher Education GAA Hurling Championships Weekend was launched last Thursday  morning on the campus of the host venue, Limerick Institute of Technology.


The semi-final of the prestigious Fitzgibbon Cup will be hosted at the Moylsih campus on Friday 27th February (FINAL VENUE TBC LIT/Gaelic Grounds) 28th February) In addition, Limerick Institute of Technology. will also HOST the sponsored Ryan and Fergal Maher Cups, a total of six semi-finals on Friday and three finals on Saturday, as well as the Corn Padraig MacDiarmada final on the Friday of what promises to be fantastic weekend of Hurling.


Speaking at the launch Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President Limerick Institute of Technology said “I am delighted to host the Fitzgibbon Cup finals weekend this year. We have an excellent team at LIT, both on and off the pitch, to make the event a high profile success for all the participating teams, their back room staff, spectators and sponsors. I cannot wait until the end of February.”


Speaking on behalf of the competitions new sponsor Ger Keville, Sports Editor said is Irelands premier destination for sports, complete with up to date coverage and news of all competitions. As the major sponsor of the Fitzgibbon Cup we are excited to be able to provide even more coverage of such a prestigious competition, loved by Irish people.


2015 sees the tenth anniversary of the Limericks Institutes first triumph in the competition (2005) and first hosting of the event, which is also the last year the Higher Education competition finals visited Shannonside.


Defending Fitzgibbon Cup champions WIT will face stiff competition to retain their crown this year from the likes of recent league winners IT Carlow, while defeated league finalists UCC also impressed during their campaign this winter. Group fixtures commence on Thursday January 29th with seven fixtures taking place throughout the country (fixture details attached separately).


The Fitzgibbon Cup was first competed for in 1912,. The first 30 years of Fitzgibbon were dominated by UCD and UCC, with UCG winning occasionally. QUB took part for the first time in 1946, and in the 1960s Trinity, the University of Ulster in Coleraine, and NUI Maynooth joined. In the late 1980s all the teams in Division 1 of the Higher Education League were admitted, and in the 1990s several new third level institutes became participants. The trophy, was first purchased in 1912 by Dr Edwin Fitzgibbon, Capuchin friar and a professor of philosophy in UCC, who donated most of his annual salary to purchase it.


The number of clubs competing rises to 15 this year with the inclusion of Maynooth University and Ulster University Jordanstown in the top tier. This years final will take place in the Gaelic Grounds at 7.30pm on Saturday February 28th and will be televised live on TG4.


Follow all the action from the HE GAA Championships including video previews and highlights on match updates via @HigherEdGAA and GAA Higher Education on Facebook with fixtures, match reports and previews on and HE GAA Sigerson Cup 2015 Preview

posted Jan 25, 2015, 8:15 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Jan 27, 2015, 1:58 AM ] HE GAA Sigerson Cup 2015 Preview HE GAA Sigerson Cup Squads 2015 Higher Education GAA Football Championships Weekend 2015 Launch


The 2015 Higher Education GAA Football Championships Weekend was launched this afternoon on the campus of reigning Sigerson champions University College Cork.


The final and semi-final of the prestigious Sigerson Cup will be hosted by the college in the Mardyke on 20th February and 21st February. In addition, UCC will host also the sponsored Trench and Corn na Mac Leinn Cup, a total of six semi-finals on Friday and three finals on Saturday, as well as the Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais final on the Friday of what promises to be fantastic weekend of Gaelic Football.


UCC President, Michael Murphy, said that. ‘We are proud and honoured to host the Sigerson Cup for 2015. George Sigerson is part of our tradition in UCC as he was a Medical Graduate of the old Queen’s College Cork in 1859. The competition is a major national Gaelic Football event where players from all counties have the opportunity to forge relationships that last a lifetime  - without county borders. This is the essence of the competition.”


“Sport has been intrinsic to the student life at University College Cork since it’s foundation and so UCC are delighted to welcome the wider football fraternity from all Third Level educational institutions throughout Ireland and beyond to Cork next February”


At UCC for the Launch of the Sigerson Cup Competition were L to R., Alan Quirke, UCC Sports Officer, Dr. Con Murphy, ( President UCC-GFC ), Tomas Clancy, Captain UCC Sigerson Cup Team, Dr. Michael Murphy, President UCC, David Culhane, UCC Sigerson Cup Team and Declan Kidney, UCC Director of Sport. Picture, Tony O'Connell Photography.

Dr Con Murphy (President, UCC Gaelic Football Club) was also present for this morning’s photocall and echoed Michael’s sentiments.


‘UCC GAA Club are delighted and honoured to host the finals of these competitions this year. We are only too aware ourselves of how difficult it will be to qualify for the weekend.”


“The competitions are a very important part of a student’s playing life and above all one should not lose sight of the fact we compete for enjoyment. We would like to thank for their sponsorship and look forward to welcoming them to the Markdyke on the first championship weekend of their patronage. We also extend a big welcome to all Colleges who will visit Cork on February 20th and 21st


Speaking on behalf of the competitions new sponsor Ger Keville, Sports Editor said is Irelands premier destination for sports, complete with up to date coverage and news of all competitions. As the major sponsor of the Sigerson Cup we are excited to be able to provide even more coverage of such a prestigious competition, loved by Irish people.


The competition was founded in 1911 when Sigerson, an academic and scholar, donated the cup as up until then there had been no intervarsity tournament for Gaelic Football. 

Until 1933, the Sigerson Cup was played out as a three team league involving UCD, UCC and UCG and interestingly in the first three years of the competition all of three colleges had their name etched onto the prestigious trophy with UCD claiming the very first one. Queens University, Belfast later came on board in 1933. 

However, since its inception the Sigerson Cup has evolved into a nationwide tournament with several universities, institute of technologys and colleges now all taking part. IT Tralee became the first non-university side to win the Sigerson Cup, when they claimed the title in 1997.


As defending champions UCC will face stiff competition to retain their crown this year from the likes of recent league winners DCU, while defeated league finalists St.Marys College, Belfast also impressed during their campaign this winter. Fixtures commence on Tuesday January 27th with a mouth-watering local derby between the hosts and Cork IT in the Mardyke (2.30pm) the highlight of the opening days action (full HE GAA Championship fixtures available on


This years final will take place in the Mardyke on Saturday February 21st and will be televised live on TG4.


Follow all the action from the HE GAA Championships including video previews and highlights on match updates via @HigherEdGAA and GAA Higher Education on Facebook with fixtures, match reports and previews on and

UCD Take Derby Spoils

posted Dec 4, 2014, 1:04 PM by HE GAA

UCD Take Derby Spoils

Captains Stephen Coen (UCD) and Shane Carthy (DCU) with referee Gary McCormack. HE GAA Fresher Football League Division 1 Final
U.C.D. 0-22
D.C.U. 1-9
by Michael Dwyer

Dynamic midfield pairing of Tipperary natives Colin O'Riordan and Liam Casey guided U.C.D. to a splendid Freshers Football Division 1 league victory at the expense of D.C.U. on Thursday afternoon .

While O'Riordan, who had just returned from America where he played with the All-Stars football selections, and Casey were industrious, UCD's team as a whole was rich in determination. From the offing, the Belfield students hunted in packs and picked off some sweet scores. Stephen Coen commanded the centre-back berth and Conor McCarthy and Colm Basquel were outstanding up-front for U.C.D. Even when Patrick Dunican tried to get last Seán Mulooly his efforts were futile. The Ross Munnelly-managed home-side had some excellent performances in the form of Shane Carthy and Cian Mulligan and they should feature prominently in the business-end of the championship.

While the first quarter was a fairly even tussle with Kevin Traynor and Shane Carthy matching the Tipp pair, U.C.D. blitzed the home-side between the 16th and 20th minutes with a string of five-points, which gave them a 0-9 0-3 lead on 20 minutes. While David Neary and Diarmuid Breathnach tried to cut their gap, U.C.D., under the tutelage of Stephen O'Shaughnessy, Damien Farrelly and Shane McEntee, were unyielding, and points from Stephen Coen and Colm Basquel contributed to their half-time lead of 0-12 to 0-6.

Stephen Coen (UCD) receives the trophy from CA Chairman Gerry Tully.

Even though the tempo dropped in the third quarter, U.C.D.'s prolific attackers kept the pressure up on the cusp of the final quarter. Monaghan poacher Conor McCarthy was particularly instrumental in his side's 46th minute advantage of 0-18 to 0-8. D.C.U.'s Aaron Byrne capitalised on  a lapse in the opponent's defence during one of their weaker moments with ten minutes remaining, but a closing tally of four-points ensured, that Mayo county star Stephen Coen accepted the trophy from  Comhairle Ardoideachas Chairman Gerry Tully after the final whistle.

Conor McCarthy (0-8, 3 frees), Colm Basquel (0-3), Liam Casey (0-3), Seán Meade (0-2), Brian Byrne (0-2), Dylan Kilgallon (0-1), James Feehan (0-1), Stephen Coen (0-1), Colin O'Riordan (0-1).
Colm Honan (Meath), Eoin Merchant (Dublin), Seán Mulooly (Roscommon), Seán Conlon (Mayo), Eoin Lafferty (Louth), Stephen Coen (capt., Mayo), Brian Harnan (Meath), Liam Casey (Tipperary), Colin O'Riordan (Tipperary), Jake Malone (Dublin), Brian Byrne (Kildare), Dylan Kilgallon (Sligo), Conor McCarthy (Monaghan), Colm Basquel (Dublin), Seán Meade (Meath). Subs: Declan Byrne (Offaly) for Jake Malone; Tom Hayes (Cavan) for Seán Meade; Liam Hughes (Longford) for Dylan Kilgallon; Benjamin Kelly (Cavan) for Eoin Lafferty; Darragh Ó Bróin (Sligo) for Colm Basquel; James Feehan (Tipperary) for Brian Harnan.

Scorers - Shane Carthy (0-4 frees), Adam Byrne (1-0), Cian Mulligan (0-2), David Neary (0-1), Diarmuid Breathnach (0-1 free), Liam Henry (0-1)
Seán Daffin (Donegal), David Neary (Roscommon), Des Reynolds (Longford), Eoghan Bateman (Kildare), Liam Henry (Sligo), Brian O'Shaughnessy (Galway), Kevin Breslin (Donegal), Kevin Traynor (Meath), Shane Carthy (Dublin), Cian Mulligan (Donegal), Aaron Byrne (Dublin), Alistair Fitzgerald (Dublin), Conor Bradley (Cavan), Patrick Dunican (Offaly), Diarmuid Breathnach (Carlow).

Referee - Gary McCormack (Dublin).

IT Carlow Make History While DCU Return To The Top

posted Dec 4, 2014, 1:46 AM by HE GAA   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 2:38 AM ]

IT Carlow Make History While DCU Return To The Top

DCU celebrate following their victory over St.Mary's in the Athletic Grounds HE GAA Senior Football League Division 1 Final 

DCU: 2-11

St.Mary's Belfast: 1-09

DCU returned to the pinnacle of Higher Education Gaelic Football claiming their second ever Ryan Cup title. In a bitterly cold Athletic Grounds, the Dublin university overcame St.Mary's Belfast with a last quarter surge ensuring the trophy returned to Collins Ave, Inspired by the two goal Conor McGraynor, the Niall Moyna managed side saw off "the Ranch" who after an impressive showing in the Senior and Intermediate Leagues also look like serious Sigerson contenders

VIDEO DCU's Second Half Goal:

VIDEO First Half Highlights:

VIDEO: Second Half Highlights:

More to follow

Marino defeated IT Sligo also last evening in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe (1-17 to 1-11) HE GAA Senior Hurling League Division 1 Final 

UCC: 1-18

IT Carlow: 3-21

By:  Stephen Walsh

IT Carlow beat UCC in the final of the Higher Education league final in Fraher Field, Dungarvan by nine points on a score line of 3-21 to 1-18. IT Carlow containing players from ten counties proved too strong for a UCC team this evening.

Both sides were managed by hurling greats with UCC managed by current Dublin manager Ger Cunningham while IT Carlow were managed by Kilkenny legend DJ Carey and current selector Michael Dempsey.

Laois county hurler Stephen Maher opened the scoring on two minutes with a free from 40 yards. Maher was accurate with the free taking throughout the entire game scoring seven points during the match from frees.

UCC were to get the first goal of the game on eight minutes when Brian Hartnett picked up the ball on the 40 before going on a powerful run through the centre of the Carlow defence that allowed him to bury the ball low and hard past Conor Clancy in the Carlow goal.

IT Carlow were to bounce back with a goal less than a minute later. Martin Kavanagh hit a long distance shot that dropped short and bounced off the crossbar to Chris Bolger who made no mistake scoring from close range.

IT Carlow then went on a strong scoring run hitting four points without reply as Charles Dwyer and Ian Byrne kept the umpires behind the goal busy raising the white flag.

David Geary scored a point for UCC while Conor Lehane scored a few frees to keep UCC within touching distance of the Carlow College.

Just as UCC levelled the game at 1-8 a piece on 22 minutes after being down by four points earlier in the half they conceded a soft goal. A mistake from Paudie Prendergast allowed Bolger to capitalise and score underneath the body of Paul Hallissey for his second goal of the game.

Goal scorer Brian Hartnett had to be replaced on 26 minutes for UCC with an arm injury and he was replaced by Waterford’s DJ Foran. This forced UCC into a few positional changes with Foran going in full forward with Anthony Spillane going out on the wing.

UCC responded well to the concession of the goal with points from Mark O’Brien and Lehane while Maher scored for Carlow as referee Johnny Ryan ended the half with the score line 2-11 to 1-12 in favour of IT Carlow.

All-Ireland medallist and former Kilkenny player Aidan Fogarty scored the second half’s opening score as IT Carlow set out to extend the lead and build upon their first half performance.

The decisive moment in the second half arrived on 36 minutes when Meath’s Jack Fagan smashed the sliothar into the roof of the net from 20 yards past Hallissey for Carlow’s third goal of the game.

The momentum was now all with IT Carlow as they were winning the individual battles all over the pitch. Their dominance was being rewarded on the scoreboard with Fagan and Dwyer pointing from play.

UCC manager Ger Cunningham introduced Alan Cadogan in the hope of changing things for UCC during the second half and his substitution was rewarded minutes later when Cadogan swung over a point from the sideline. Lehane kept scoring for UCC along with Finn but they were only consolation scores as IT Carlow remained in control.

The game finished off with both sides emptying the benches as it was clear to all present that IT Carlow were going to get their first Higher Education league title in their history. Having only claimed promotion to the top tier following a Division 2 League triumph in 2010/11 it is a remarkable achievement for all involved. 

UCC Scorers: Conor Lehane 0-7 (0-4f), Brian Hartnett 1-0, David Geary 0-3, Anthony Spillane, Eoghan Finn, Rickard Cahalane 0-2 each, Mark O’Brien, Alan Cadogan, 0-1 each

Carlow IT Scorers: Stephen Maher 0-8 (0-7f), Chris Bolger 2-2, Jack Fagan 1-2, Charles Dwyer 0-4, Ian Byrne 0-3, Martin Kavanagh, Aidan Fogarty 0-1 each

UCC (Cork unless stated): Paul Hallissey, Paudie Prendergast (Waterford), Michael Breen (Tipperary), Shane Roche (Waterford), Killian Burke, Tadgh Burke (Waterford), Mark O’Brien (Waterford),Cormac Walsh, Rickard Cahalane, Eoghan Finn, Conor Lehane, Brian Hartnett, Anthony Spillane, Shane O’Donnell (Clare), David Geary

Subs: DJ Foran (Waterford) for Hartnett (26 injury), Cormac Murphy for Prendergast (30), Alan Cadogan for Geary (30) Michael Collins for Walsh (34), Shane O’Keeffe for Cahalane (57)

IT Carlow (Carlow unless stated): Conor Clancy (Offaly), Ciaran Doyle (Kilkenny), Michael Ryan, Kevin Hanafin (Kerry), Will Young (Laois), Conor Doughan (Offaly), Dale O’Hanlon (Tipperary), Aidan Fogarty (Kilkenny), Martin Kavanagh, Charles Dwyer (Laois), Ian Byrne (Wexford), Stephen Maher (Laois), Chris Bolger (Kilkenny), Jack Fagan (Meath), Edward Prendergast (Kilkenny)

Subs: James Doyle for Kavanagh (51), Michael Harney (Waterford) for Bolger (56), Tommy Gallagher (Westmeath) for Young (58), Kevin Kelly (Kilkenny) for Fogarty (59)

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary) HE GAA Leagues Round Up 

Meanwhile in Tubberclair, DCU also enjoyed success in the Fresher Football Division 3 League Final on an emphatic scoreline of 5-11 to 0-2. Marino claimed their first hurling since 1974/75 by defeating IT Sligo by 6 points in Ballinasloe (1-17 to 1-11). While in a foggy Ballykelly, a strong second half display from Cork IT saw off DIT in the Intermediate Hurling League decider by 3-21 to 1-12.

Today sees the last final of this week with DCU looking to make it a treble against UCD in the Fresher Football Division 1 League final in the DCU Sportsgrounds at 3pm.

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