Video: Davy Fitzgerald hails 'fantastic' Fitzgibbon Cup
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald has hailed the quality of the Independent.ie sponsored Fitzgibbon Cup at the official launch today at the Limerick Institute of Technology.
The Limerick college will host the Independent.ie Higher Education GAA Hurling Championships Weekend, which will be hosted by LIT on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th and some familiar LIT faces were present for the launch.
Clare and LIT manager Fitzgerald, who lead the college to Fitzgibbon success in 2005 and 2007, was joined by former player Eoin Kelly (who captained the 2005 winning team) as well as Willie Hyland of Laois and Limerick's Paul Browne.
Fitzgerald hailed both the standard of the competition while also stressing the strong bonds that are formed within third-level teams that stand the test of time.
"It was here in 2005," Fitzgerald remarked. "It's an unreal competition, a fantastic competition."
"Even as a county manager you enjoy looking at the Fitzgibbon Cup because you learn a lot about different players. It's so competitive and intense."
He was keen to stress the importance of friendships between team-mates and says he is still in contact with players from his stint in charge of the college.
"Friendship that is built up out of college is phenomenal. I was just talking to Eoin Kelly, who I would be talking to regularly over the last few years even though Clare and Tipp would have a massive rivalry, but the friendship that myself and that man have is unreal."
"It's the same with Kieran Murphy from Cork.
"The bond that you have after college is absolutely phenomenal."
LIT President Dr. Maria Hinfelaar has said that the college has built a fine tradition in the competition and looks forward to hosting the 2015 edition.
“We have built a fantastic reputation in the Fitzgibbon Cup over the years, not least since Davy Fitzgerald came on board as our coach/manager.
"We have had some incredible players wear our jersey, from Eoin Kelly to Jackie Tyrell, Kieran Murphy, Willie Hyland, Joe Canning and many more. The competition means a lot to us so hosting it this year is a real honour for us and we are looking forward to a great weekend.”
Speaking on behalf of the competition’s new sponsor Ger Keville, Independent.ie Sports Editor said “Independent.ie is Ireland’s 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.”
The semi-final of the prestigious Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup will be hosted at the Moylish campus on Friday 27th February.
The Final will be hosed at the Limerick Gaelic Grounds on 28th February. In addition, Limerick Institute of Technology will also host the Independent.ie 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 a fantastic weekend of Hurling.