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Gallery: 30 of the best young GAA stars in the country were honoured last night

Published 29/04/2015 | 12:40

Players and management from University Limerick, from left to right, Paul Maher, Brian Stapleton, Tony O'Sullivan, Brian Lohan, Brian Troy and Tommy Heffernan, after being presented with their Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Hurling Awards, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Players and management from University Limerick, from left to right, Paul Maher, Brian Stapleton, Tony O'Sullivan, Brian Lohan, Brian Troy and Tommy Heffernan, after being presented with their Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Hurling Awards, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
UCD players David Byrne, left and Niall Kelly after being presented with their Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Football Awards, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Players from DCU, from left to right, Conor Moynagh, Enda Smith and Mickey Quinn after being presented with their Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Football Awards, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Niall Kelly, UCD/Kildare, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars football Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards
Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Alan Nolan with the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars football Award on behalf of Brendan Murphy, IT Carlow/Carlow, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Niall Kelly, UCD/Kildare, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars football Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Luke Connolly, UCC/Cork, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars football Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Stephanie Lowe with the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars football Award on behalf of Tadhg Lowe, DCU/Roscommon, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Mickey Quinn, DCU/Longford, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars football Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Conor Cox, UCC/Kerry, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars football Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Enda Smith, DCU/Roscommon, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars football Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Paul Maher, UL/Tipperary, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Hurling Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Brian Stapleton, UL/Tipperary, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Hurling Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Brian Troy, UL/Kilkenny, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Hurling Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Tommy Heffernan, UL/Tipperary, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Hurling Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Tommy Heffernan, UL/Tipperary, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Hurling Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Cian Buckley, Cork IT/Cork, with his Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Hurling Award, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Eoin O'Leary, manager of Trinity College, with the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Hurling Award on behalf of Danny Sutcliffe, Trinity/Dublin, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Feargháil and Ger Keville, online Sports Editor of Independent.ie, present Brian Lohan, manager of UL, with the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Hurling Award on behalf of David McInerney, UL/Clare, at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars Awards. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

The top young GAA players in the country were honoured last night at the Independent.ie HE GAA Rising Stars awards in Croke Park.

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The awards were presented by Uachtarán CLG Aogán O Fearghail and Ger Kevillie (Sports Editor Independent.ie) while among the recipients in attendance were Conor Moynagh and Mickey Quinn from Sigerson Champions DCU and Brian Troy and Tommy Heffernan from UL, winnners of this year's Fitzgibbon Cup.

Victorious managers Niall Moyna (DCU) and Brian Lohan (UL) were also in attendance.

Gerry Tully (Chairman Comhairle Ardoideachais) thanked Independent.ie for their support through the season and congratulated those selected on their performances and achievement.

Uachtarán CLG Aogán O Fearghail congratulated the players selected on their achievement and acknowledged the contribution of the families and university clubs in their development: “The players are at the centre of our Association and it is important to acknowledge these young players’ achievements and performances during this year’s Independent.ie Higher Education Competitions. The support they have received from their families and team mentors will have played a big role in their careers on and off the field."

Ger Keville (Sports Editor Independent.ie) said: “On behalf of Independent.ie, we are delighted to be sponsors of the Higher Education Championships. The young stars who participate are the very players who will grace the Croke Park pitch on All Ireland Final days and we are privileged to be part of that.

"I congratulate all the winners of the Independent.ie Rising Stars awards as well as every one of the players who took part in the Higher Education Championships this year.”

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 Independent.ie Sigerson Cup final while it took a replay for UL to overcome reigning champions WIT in the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup.

HURLING

1. Paul Maher (UL/Tipperary) 2. Brian Stapleton (UL/Tipperary), 3. Brian Troy (UL/Kilkenny), 4. Tom Fox (WIT/Tipperary), 5. Martin O’Neill (WIT/Waterford), 6.David McInerney (UL/Clare), 7.Cian Buckley (Cork IT/Cork), 8. Danny Sutcliffe (Trinity/Dublin), 9. Tony Kelly (UL /Clare)

10. Jason Forde (UL/Tipperary), 11. Pauric Mahony (WIT/Waterford), 12.Tommy Heffernan (UL/Tipperary), 13. Gavin O’Brien (WIT/Waterford), 14. Austin Gleeson (WIT/Waterford), 15. David Reidy (LIT/Clare)

FOOTBALL

1.Tadhg Lowe (DCU/Roscommon) 2. David Byrne (UCD/Dublin), 3. Jack McGuire (UCC/Kerry), 4. David Culhane (UCC/Kerry), 5. Colm Begley (DCU/Laois), 6 Conor Moynagh (DCU/Cavan), 7. Tom Clancy (UCC/Cork), 8.Steven O’Brien (DCU/Tipperary), 9. Brendan Murphy (IT Carlow/Carlow), 10.Niall Kelly (UCD/Kildare), 11.Luke Connolly (UCC/Cork ), 12. Mickey Quinn (DCU/Longford), 13.Colin Compton (Garda/Roscommon), 14.Conor Cox (UCC/Kerry), 15. Enda Smith (DCU/Roscommon)

 

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