More glory for Kerry's Jack Barry and Adrian Spillane with Independent.ie Rising Star awards
Fresh from their exploits with Kerry on the pitch the day before, Kerry duo Jack Barry (UCD) and Adrian Spillane (UCC) collected their 2017 Independent.ie Rising Star awards last night from GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl in the Croke Park Hotel.
Barry and Spillane celebrated their Sigerson Cup exploits in the wake of ending Dublin's 36-game unbeaten streak in a thrilling Allianz Division 1 decider, and they were joined in the football side by Dubs duo Michael Fitzsimons and former Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey.
McCaffrey missed Sunday's clash due to a hamstring injury and will be expected to bolster Dublin's defence come Championship time, but last night's big winners were Sigerson Cup champions St Mary's.
The Belfast outfit, managed by Paddy Tallon, claimed third-level honours for only the second time in their history and dominated the football line-up with seven award winners including Down stalwart Kevin McKernan.
Fitzgibbon Cup winners Mary Immaculate Limerick, who secured back-to-back titles under Jamie Wall having never previously won the competition, clocked eight hurling awards including places for All-Ireland-winning Tipp duo Ronan Maher and Michael Breen.
Beaten finalists IT Carlow, trained by DJ Carey, received some consolation with four representatives including Laois ace Stephen 'Picky' Maher.