Third Level GAA is best left wait until next season

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“So the Third Level GAA Championships are cancelled for the 2020/21 academic year. The flagship Fitzgibbon Cup and Sigerson Cup and their lower level equivalents should be just about underway about now in their regular slot in the opening two months of the year …” (more)

[Jerome O’Connell, Limerick Leader, 15 January]

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November best window for third-level – McGill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A November window to play the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups may be the only solution to avoid the deepening county v college conflict that has surfaced again this year, the GAA’s head of games administration and player welfare Fergal McGill has suggested …” (more)

[Colm Keys, Independent, 14 February]

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UCC Announce Cork City FC Sponsorship Deal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“FAI cup winners, Cork City FC, announced on Monday the 21st of November, a three-year sponsorship deal with UCC and The Maradyke Arena. The deal focuses around Cork City’s use of the Maradyke’s facilities, rehabilitation unit and training pitches, and it also includes player support and University scholarships for Cork City players, in order to train them for a career after football. …” (more)

[Cailean Coffey, UCC Express, 9 December]

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Third-level chiefs back panels to end eligibility rows

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level chiefs are aiming for an end to the eligibility rows that have dogged the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups in recent years by requiring teams to name a 35-man panel in advance of the start of the tournaments …” (more)

[Donnchadh Boyle, Independent, 26 January]


FRC calls for third-level rule change fall on deaf ears

Posted in Life on December 13th, 2013 by steve

“The Higher Education Committee (HEC) have insisted that a change to the rules surrounding eligibility for third-level competitions is unlikely, despite a recommendation from the Football Review Committee (FRC) …” (more)

[Donnchadh Boyle, Independent, 12 December]

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Higher education is a funny old game

Posted in Life on January 21st, 2013 by steve

“Universities and football teams have much in common, says Nick Petford – should fans in both arenas now accept that their beautiful games are first and foremost businesses? …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 21 January]

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Cork City FC Announce Partnership With University College Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2012 by steve

“University College Cork (UCC) and the Mardyke Arena UCC are delighted to announce a partnership with Cork City Football Club (CCFC), which recognises the educational value of sport. Under the four-year partnership, which begins 1 January 2013, scholarship opportunities will be available to a number of players signed to CCFC who are offered undergraduate places in UCC …” (more)

[Éanna Buckley, Cork City Football Club, 10 December]

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Angry Russell hits out over RTE coverage of UCD

Posted in Life on July 18th, 2012 by steve

“UCD Football Club have written to RTE to complain about what they perceive as unfair coverage they have received on ‘Monday Night Soccer’ (MNS). The club are incensed by comments made by pundit Dave Barry on last week’s programme which implied that they hold an advantage over relegation rivals Dundalk because most of their players are students …” (more)

[Ruaidhri O’Connor, Independent, 18 July]

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UCC bridge 22-year gap

Posted in Life on March 26th, 2012 by steve

Ladies football: University College Cork captured the prestigious O’Connor Cup for the first time since 1990 with a stunning 2-14 to 1-13 victory against University of Ulster, Jordanstown in yesterday’s final …” (more)

[Independent, 26 March]

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Tear gas, machine guns and UCD AFC

Posted in Life on March 5th, 2012 by steve

“UCD AFC’s summer tour to Africa in 1980 was one which saw the college soccer club make the national headlines for all the wrong reasons at home. The tour would be remembered primarily for events in Khartoum, where a riot broke out in a stadium packed with 30,000 Sudanese fans …” (more)

[Come here to me!, 5 March]

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Fortress Belfield

Posted in Life on March 5th, 2012 by steve

“This photograph is priceless from last Friday night, showing a flare lit up by the normally very tame home support at UCD AFC. It was a good night across the league with plenty of colour and passion …” (more, photo)

[Come here to me!, 5 March]

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DCU boss critical of McGuinness

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2012 by steve

“DCU manager Niall Moyna has accused Donegal boss Jim McGuinness of ‘abuse of players’ after Martin McElhinney picked up an injury warming up for a challenge game on Saturday. McElhinney, a student at the Dublin university, was given time off in the preparations for last night’s O’Byrne Cup clash with Meath because of upcoming examinations …” (more)

[RTÉ Sport, 22 January]

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Derry City 2-1 UCD

Posted in Life on September 10th, 2011 by steve

“Derry City eventually broke down UCD’s stubborn resistance to come from behind and earn a 2-1 win at the Brandywell. The victory takes the Candystripes one point clear at the top of the Premier Division table, although second-placed Shamrock Rovers have a match in hand …” (more)

[BBC Sport, 9 September]

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UCD hang on in seven-goal thriller

Posted in Life on July 2nd, 2011 by steve

Galway United 3 UCD 4 Crisis-hit Galway United slumped to a 15th league defeat on the trot last night as the visitors took all three points in a seven- goal thriller at Terryland Park to all but secure their Premier Division status for next season …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 July]

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Kenny Dalglish

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2011 by steve

“Glaswegian Kenny Dalglish, one of the most successful players and managers in history of the game in these islands, is to receive the degree of Doctor of Science for services to soccer and charitable activity. After beginning his professional career as a player with Glasgow Celtic, he subsequently carved out winning career with the Glasgow club, Liverpool FC and Scotland before going on to further triumphs as the manager of Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Celtic and Newcastle United …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 1 July]

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UCD end their bad run with battling draw

Posted in Life on June 25th, 2011 by steve

AIRTRICITY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION UCD 2 Derry City 2 UCD ended a dismal run of seven league defeats in a row to ease their relegation worries when picking up a vital point in an entertaining clash with Derry City at the Belfield Bowl in front of a crowd of 258 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 June]

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Russell does his dad and UCD a favour

Posted in Life on May 3rd, 2011 by steve

UCD 2 Drogheda United 1 A dramatic 88th minute goal by substitute Sean Russell gave UCD another vital three points as they climbed further out of the relegation zone with victory over bottom of the table Drogheda at The Belfield Bowl last night …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 May]

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UCD notch big win over Sligo | Irish Examiner

Posted in Life on April 30th, 2011 by steve

UCD 2 Sligo Rovers 1 Robbie Benson and Graham Rusk scored the goals to ignite UCD’s season – and pose major question marks over Sligo Rovers’ title aspirations. College got their first home goal of the campaign as early as eight minutes when Benson headed Deam Marshall’s corner past Brendan Clarke …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 April]

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Rovers eventually take their chances to make students pay

Posted in Life on April 23rd, 2011 by steve

Shamrock Rovers 3 UCD 1 It took a little longer than some of their supporters had expected but, after taking one point from their previous two games, Michael O’Neill’s Shamrock Rovers cranked their title defence back up through the gears here last night …” (more)

[Emmet Malone, Irish Times, 23 April]

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UCD 0-2 Derry City

Posted in Life on March 12th, 2011 by steve

“Derry City earned their first win of the Airtricity Premier Division season as Gareth McGlynn and Daniel Lafferty struck to see off UCD at the UCD Bowl on Friday night …” (more)

[RTÉ Sport, 11 March]

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