Thursday 27 July 2017

Revealed: Independent.ie Sigerson and Fitzgibbon rising stars dominated by Tyrone and Tipperary

Jack McCaffrey of University College Dublin in action against Robbie Smyth of Institute of Technology Sligo during the Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup
Jack McCaffrey of University College Dublin in action against Robbie Smyth of Institute of Technology Sligo during the Independent.ie HE GAA Sigerson Cup
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Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Sigerson Cup champions St Mary's dominate the 2017 Independent.ie Rising Star football team as selected by the GAA's Comhairle Ardoideachais.

The Belfast outfit secured the title for only the second time in their history and Paddy Tallon's men have earned seven awards on the team of the year.

Included are Down footballer Kevin McKernan, while former Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey is one of four UCD winners.

In the hurling, Fitzgibbon Cup winners Mary Immaculate Limerick take eight awards in the hurling selection. IT Carlow lost out in the final but DJ Carey's men have four representatives in the team including Laois' ace Stephen 'Picky' Maher. LIT, UCC and Garda College complete the list with one award each. 

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Football Rising Stars Team 2017: Joe O'Donoghue (Cavan/DKIT); Kevin McKernan (Down/St Mary's), Michael Fitzsimons (Dublin/UCD), Kieran McGeary, (Tyrone/St Mary's); Conor Meyler (Tyrone/St Mary's), Jack McCaffrey (Dublin/UCD) Gearoid Hegarty (Limerick/UL); Oisin O'Neill (Armagh/St Mary's), Jack Barry (Kerry/UCD); Adrian Spillane (Kerry/UCC), Conor McCarthy (Monaghan/UCD), Conall McCann (Tyrone/St Marys); Matthew Fitzpatrick (Antrim/St Mary's), Cathal McShane (Tyrone/St Mary's), Denis Daly (Kerry/UL).

Hurling Rising Stars Team 2017: Enda Rowland (IT Carlow/Laois); David Sweeney (MICL/Tipperary), Damien Healy (IT Carlow/Meath), Dwayne Palmer (IT Carlow/Laois); Conor Twomey (MICL/Cork), Ronan Maher (MICL/Tipperary), Willie Connors (LIT/Tipperary); Stephen Cahill (MICL/Tipperary), Michael Breen (UCC/Tipperary); Darragh O Donovan (MICL/Limerick), Michael O Neill (MICL/Clare), Cian Lynch (MICL/Limerick); Aaron Gillane (MICL/Limerick), Stephen Maher (IT Carlow/Laois), John Hetherton (Garda College/Dublin).

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