Joint winners of February award   08/04/2019

The 3rd level competitions are much sought after and it’s well known that UCC place huge emphasis on them both, so when the coveted double was achieved choosing the February sports star award was an easy choice. 

Joint winners are rare but fittingly Cian Kiely captain of the Sigerson Cup team and Shane Kingston of the Fitzgibbon Cup team were worthy recipients of the award presented in association with the Rochestown Park Hotel. 

In accepting the award Cian was delighted to be honoured and paid tribute to the players and backroom team for the hard work that brought them the ultimate accolade. 

Cian had special praise for Coach Billy Morgan “Billy is the reason we won the Sigerson, he is an outstanding coach and puts so much effort into the team, it is easy to see why lads will go the extra mile for him and the UCC jersey.” 

Hurling recipient Shane Kingston was also fulsome in his praise for his playing colleagues and said “it was a brilliant championship for us and we overcame some tough opposition and produced our best display in the Final, and it was a thrill to win after a number of disappointing years.” 

Cian and Shane also expressed their thanks to the sponsors for the wonderful and both paid tribute to the work of UCC games officer John Grainger whose contribution to the College is unrivalled. 

Cork County Board Children’s Officer Des Cullinane, who coached UCC to County and Sigerson success, said “I am delighted to attend today with my colleague PRO Joe Blake, to congratulate Cian and Shane on their well deserved awards and also to UCC for their contribution to the GAA in Cork, as they provide games in all codes for the students.” 

Des also paid tribute to 96FM/C103 and Rochestown Park Hotel for their ongoing support of our games which is much appreciated. 

Tom Tobin Rochestown Park Hotel and Kieran Mc Geary 96FM also congratulated Cian and Shane and wished them continued success for the season ahead. 

Family, including Shane’s father former Cork senior hurling coach Kieran, and friends were in attendance while the UCC management teams were represented by Tom Kingston, Ger Cunningham, Mick Reynolds, Charlie Mc Loughlin, while the respective GAA Club Presidents Dr Con Murphy and Dr Paddy Crowley to acknowledge to key players in what was a historic month for the wearers of the famed ‘skull and crossbones’ jersey, also in attendance was Munster Council Treasurer Pearse Murphy. 

Cian and Shane now join January winner Charleville’s Daniel O’Flynn in the race for the overall award.  

The 2020 gala banquet will be held on the 31st January and we are delighted that the guest of honour on the night will be GAA President John Horan.   

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