UCC Archers compete in a series of intervarsity events.

Cormac O’Callaghan – 1st Place Beginner Male Recurve – GMIT IV

Carla Reinhardt – 3rd Place Beginner Male Recurve – GMIT IV

Brian Swayne – 1st Place Intermediate Male Recurve – DCU IV


UCC HPAE Sports Scholarship student Phil Healy won the 60m & 200m at the National Indoor Championships in Athlone. She also won the 200m at the indoor intervarsity event & won the National Indoor U23 60m title with a PB of 7.35 on Saturday in Athlone. This is just off the world indoor standard of 7.32. The time of 7.35 is also a new Irish U23 record.

Then Sunday she competed in the AAI games, winning the 200m in a time of 23.74, which was another PB. She was the Feb winner of the River Lee Hotel Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Award & the Feb winner of the Evening Echo Ladies Sports Star Awards.

She won the Southside Sports Star of the month Award with the UCC Relay team for their historic victory in the 4 x 400m relay event at the intervarsities for April 2016

Niamh Moore was a member of the Cork Varsity team which won the Women’s Intermediate Team Cork County Cross Country event in October 2015.

At the track & field intervarsiities UCC were 3rd overall, with the women’s team in 2nd place & the men’s team in 3rd place.


Joan Healy – 100m (11.64s)
Phil Healy – 200m (23.93s – New IUAA Record!)
4x400m Relay Team (Christine Neville, Niamh Moore, Louise Shanahan, Phil Healy) –You Tube hit sensation- Phil Healy final leg of race
Laura McSweeney – Shot Putt (12.10m)

Phil Healy – 100m (11.66s)
Louise Shanahan – 800m (2:19:18)
Jessica Coyne – 3000m Steeplechase (11:09:64)
4X100m Relay Team (Shona Lowe, Margaret Caldbeck, Christine Neville, Joan Healy)

Christine Neville – 400m (60.21s)


David Cussen – High Jump (2.00m) (New Record for UCC)

Ruairí O’Cinneide – 3000m Walk (20:30:67)
Michael Kenny – 35lbs Weight for Distance (8.48m)

Michael Kenny – Discus (33.90m)
Bobby Smith – Javelin (47.32m)

David Cussen – Long Jump (6.70m)

Ben Thistlewood won the Cork County Senior Cross Country Championships in October 2015 running for Leevale AC. Ben is a UCC Sports Scholarship student

Phil Healy’s good form continued as she recorded 100m & 200m wins at an invitational meet in Loughborough in May 2016

Phil had a PB in a 400m race in early June – in a time just short of the European qualifying standard


UCC Aussie Rules team were runners up in the European Universities Cup held in Birmingham. UCC took 2 teams to the competition and their second team finished in 3rd place.

Rebel Shield winners.


UCC fresher women’s team are fresher intervarsity champions

UCC senior men’s team are colleges league finalists

UCC senior men Division 1 intervarsity winners

Adrian O Sullivan awarded MVP & an All Star at the event

UCC Demons are Superleague & Super Cup champions – Adrian O Sullivan & Jack O Mahony – UCC student’s part of the squad

UCC HPAE Sports Scholarship recipient Adrian O Sullivan was selected on the Irish Club team which competed in the FIBA Europe Cup & on the Irish Senior men’s squad who will compete in the small nations European Championships this summer

UCC Sarah Kenny has been selected on the Irish U20 Women’s team to compete in the European Championships this summer as well


UCC competed at the Junior Intervarsities and were very successful:

Shane Buckley – 86KG – 1 bout – Lost decision

John Mitchell – 81KG -1 bout – won by opponent retiring after first round

Ganomuang Tshabangu – 60KG – 2 bouts – won first by judges decision, second by TKO in second round

Kim McNair – 71KG -1 bout – won by judges decision


UCC were beaten Ashbourne Cup finalists.

Amy O Connor, Pamela Mackey & Katrina Mackey were awarded All Stars for their performances with UCC in the Ashbourne Cup

UCC Quercus Sports Scholarship recipient Amy O Connor, received the Cork City & County Youth Award for September 2015. Amy received the award or her performances with Cork in the All Ireland Final in September

There were ten students from the UCC camogie club on the Cork panel who won the All Ireland Championship in September 2015, Pamela & Katrina Mackey (PHD Chemistry), Leanne O’Sullivan (Arts), Meadhbh Cahalane (Commerce), Orla Cronin (Biological & Chemical Science), Amy O’Connor (Pharmacy), Jennifer Hosford (Childhood Studies), Hannah Looney (Chemical Engineering), Niamh Ni Chaoimh (M Ed) and Lauren Callinan (Pharmacy).

The team coach was Dr Wesley O’Brien from the Sports Studies & Physical Education Department.

Amy O’Connor is a second year Quercus Sports Scholarship student while Hannah and Lauren were incoming fresher’s.

UCC Graduate Orla Cotter was awarded “Player of the Final”


UCC were beaten indoor intervarsity finalists in 2016.

UCC were beaten outdoor intervarsity semi-finalists in June 2016. UCC hosted the very successful outdoor intervarsities in 2016.

GAA ALL Stars:

The very best male and female hurlers and footballers who played over the past 12 months were honoured recently for their outstanding performances on the field of play. UCC students were noticeable in the selection of the very best for 2015.

Arts 3 student (Irish & Geography) Tadgh de Burca from Waterford, holder of a Michael J Dowling scholarship, was deemed to be the All Star centre back in hurling and was also honoured with the accolade of ‘ Young hurler of the Year’, meaning he was the best Under 21 hurler in Ireland.

2nd year Sports Studies and Physical Education student Marie Ambrose along with PHD in Science student Vera Foley were both named on the Ladies Gaelic football All Star Team of the Year.

PHD student in Chemistry, Pamela Mackey once again was acknowledged, when she was deemed to be one of the best 15 players in the country by being chosen on the All Star Camogie team for 2015.

Recognition also for graduates, Shane Enright (Gaelic Football), Orla Cotter (Camogie) and Valerie Mulcahy (Ladies Football) on their respective teams.


Conor Horgan received the “Player of the Match” in the Cork County Senior Championship final playing with Nemo Rangers in October 2015

UCC Intermediates were defeated by UCD in the Intermediate Football Final


UCC men’s senior team won the Peard Cup in December 2015 for the first time in the clubs history.

Munster Senior League winners – first time in the clubs history

Munster Junior Cup winners – 2nd’s team – first time in the clubs history

Munster League second division winners – 2nd’s team


UCC student John Power was a member of the victorious Kilkenny hurling team who won the All Ireland in September 2015

UCC Juniors were defeated by UCD in the Junior All Ireland Colleges Final


UCC Judo Club had their best intervarsity result in the clubs history by winning the overall intervarsity title in Derry in February 2016. The men’s & women’s team were both victorious. UCC won 26 medals in total with 15 competitors. UCC also took home another trophy for the best “Spirit of Judo”, this was given to Andre Bilro. This was given to him for an outstanding performance. Winning 13 out of his 14 fights but not only that it was also about his professionalism and overall respect and love of Judo.

UCC won 13 Gold, 4 Silver & 11 Bronze medals



Joan Sheehan won a silver medal at the SKDUN Karate World Championships in Serbia in October 2015. Another UCC student, Martin Sheehan just lost out on a medal.

At the mixed martial arts intervarsities UCC came home with 14 medals:

In beginner level: Sarang came 1st in Kata, 2nd in Kumite points & 2nd in Kumite Con

Monisha came 2nd in kata, 3rd in Kumite Points

Ciya came 3rd in kata

At intermediate level: Matheus came 1st in Kata, 3rd in Kumite Points & 3rd in Kumite Con

Aoife came 3rd in Kata

At Senior level: Michael came 1st in Kata, 1st in Kujite Points & 1st in Kumite Con

Karl came 1st in Kata

At the Karate Intervarsities UCC came home with 28 medals and 2nd overall:

At beginner level: Monisha came 2nd in Team Kata & 2nd & 1st in Team Kumite

Ayaka came 2nd in team Kata & 1st & 2nd in Team Kumite

Sarang came 1st in individual kata, 1st in Team Kata & 1st in Team Kumite

At Intermediate level: Aoife came 1st in Individual Kumite & 2nd in Team Kumite

Matheus came 1st in Team Kata, 1st in Individual Kumite & 2nd in Team Kumite

Jiss came 1st in Team Kata & 2nd in Team Kumite

At Senior Level: Michael came 1st Team Kata & 1st in team Kumite

Steve came 1st In Team Kata & 1st in Team Kumite

Martin came 1st in Individual Kumite & 1st in Team Kukite

Blaithin came 2nd in Team Kata & 3rd in Team Kumite

Kal came 2nd in Team Kata & 3rd in Team Kumite


Lily De La Cour:

2015 – Senior National Champion -50kg

– W.A.K.O. Bestfighter World Cup, Rimini, Italy -50kg 2nd place

– W.A.K.O. Senior World Champion -50kg

– West Cork Sports Star of the Year Award

  • Evening Echo ladies Sports Star Award winner – December 2015
  • Best Female Senior Kickboxer at the KBI Awards in December 2015.

2016 – Senior Advanced W.A.K.O. International Open champion -50kg

UCC Sports Star Award recipient


UCC’s HPAE Sports Scholarship recipient Doireann O Sullivan was awarded “Player of the Match” in the Cork County Final with her home club Mourneabbey. Doireann was also awarded “Player of the Match” for her performances with her club in the Munster Club Final v Ballymacarbery, Waterford


UCC competed in the “bouldering” intervarsities in Dublin.

Overall the team came third:

Hannah Hayes came first in the Female A category

Shauna Murphy came second in the Female B category

Jun Xiang came third in the Male A category


UCC martial arts clubs competed in the now annual Open Martial Arts Intervarsities. This is a compromised rules martial arts intervarsity open to many of the martial arts which take place on campus:

UCC female students dominated the female black/red/brown category. Results included Anya Curran’s fantastic result of 1st place in both female points and continuous sparring sections as well as 2nd in mixed kata/patterns. Emer Varley 3rd in female continuous sparring. Siobhan Ladden 3rd in points sparring. Alexander Gannon 3rd in mixed kata/pattern. Omed Poshdary 3rd in mixed kata/patterns.


UCC Sports Scholarship recipient Josh O Sullivan Hourihan has achieved the following since May 2015:

Irish Campus Sprint Series 2016:

Trinity – 1st place

UCD – 1st place

Mary I College – 1st place

UL – 1st place

Overall series win, first person to win all the races in the series in events history, used for Selecting World University Championships Team 2016

Munster Orienteering Championships 2015 – 2nd place

Part of World University Championships Selection criteria – 1st university athlete

Munster League Orienteering #1 2016 – 1st place

Southeast Orienteering League 2016 – Kilkenny Castle – 1st place

Dublin By Night Orienteering 2016 – Rockbrook School – 2nd place

Northern Irish Orienteering Championships 2015 – 5th place

Irish Middle Distance Orienteering Championships 2015 – 5th place

CorkO Summer League 2015:

Race 1 – Fota House and Gardens – 1st place

Race 2 – Currabinny Wood – 1st place

Race 4 – Ballincollig Regional Park – 1st place

Race 8 – Ballyannon Wood – 1st place

Won 4 out of 4 races attended

Irish Orienteering Championships Relay 2015 – 1st place – First victory for Bishopstown Orienteering Club in the clubs history

Irish Army Orienteering Championships 2015 – 1st place

Scottish 6 Day Elite Sprint 2015 – 3rd place

Scottish 6 Day 2015 – 53rd overall, 3rd placed Irish Athlete (out of 12)

Torstairastit Keisarsuo (Finland) – 3rd place

Cork Autumn League #5 Curragh Woods– 1st place on Black and Brown courses (2 most difficult)

1st leg at Jukola relay 2015

Ballycotton Summer Series 2015 – 4th overall in Series, first time in top 20.



At the IPF novice competition Sean Hickey placed first in his category and got invited to compete at nationals. Conor Kennedy and Darren Horgan were also invited to compete at the upcoming nationals following their performances and will join Dan Hurley, Claire Kelly and Adam Keane other UCC students who had already qualified to compete in Nationals.

At IDFPA Single lifts Jack O’ Dwyer and Eoin Jefferies came first and second respectively in the squat event. In the Bench event Roisin Merz place first among her female class and attempted to break the Irish record. With the men Luke Clark, Jack O’Dwyer and Eoin Jefferies came first second and third respectively. In the deadlift event Jean Kelly placed first in her category. All these members are in with a chance to compete at worlds.


UCC’s Aisling Hickey won the Women’s Open Singles title at the National Championships for the 5th year in a row.

She also won the doubles event


UCC had great success at the Cork Head of River:

UCC Senior Eight Men (A): 2nd

UCC Senior Eight Men (B): 3rd 

UCC Senior Women Coxless Four:1st

UCC Senior Men Two : 1st

UCC Senior Men’s Singles – Andy Harrington:1st

UCC Senior Women two: 1st


UCC Quercus Sports Scholar Jack Casey won the U23 Indoor National Rowing Championship in the UL Arena. Jack produced a new PB, improving on the second place he achieved at the provincial finals in November

UCC Intermediate Women Singles – Deirdre O Sullivan: 1st    

Quercus Scholar, Jack Casey, rowing in the U23 Heavyweight Quad, posted the fastest crew time at the International Selection trials at the National Rowing Centre over the weekend. Following extensive racing, the successful quad with oarsman from Portadown, Portora (Enniskillen), NUIG and UCC has been selected to represent Ireland in the Under-23 World Championships in Rotterdam in August.

At the Irish Intervarsity Rowing Championships, the Men’s Senior Four of David Keohane, Brain Keohane, Andy Harrington and Stephen O’ Connor took first place after a very strong sprint finish which pushed them out to half a length over Trinity.

Deirdre O’ Sullivan and Selma Bouanane took second place behind an experienced Trinity crew in the W Intermediate 2x, with Selma winning the W Intermediate 1x and Deirdre taking 3rd later in the day. The club also took 2nd in the M Inter 2x, Inter 4+ and 3rd in the M Inter 8+.

UCC also won te men’s Club Four after a very strong race from Tomas power, Alex O Riordan, Stephen Murphy, & Neil Mc Swiney and cox Rachel O Leary.

At the Skibbereen Regatta the club won a total of 7 events and claimed all of the Men’s Inter sweep titles. UCC claimed victory in the  Women’s Inter Pair raced by Clodagh Scannell and Linda Murphy, Club 2 Men’s 8+ and Club Scull won by David Synnott. It was the novices squads opening race not only of the season, but of their rowing careers!

UCC took a large contingent to the UK to compete in the London Metropolitan Regatta in early June and produced the following results:

Intermediate Single Sculls winner – Andy Harrington

Intermediate 2 Coxed Four winners – Stephen Murphy, Tomas Power, Brian Keohane, David Keohane & Rachel O Leary, Cox

Intermediate Coxless Pair winners – Simon Kearney, Ciaran Higgins

Elite/Senior Quad  – Stephen O Connor – winner –(in a composite crew)

Intermediate Double Sculls – David Synott – winner – (composite crew)


UCC RFC had six players selected on the Irish Universities team for a number of representative matches:

Charlie Slowey, Ben Mitchell, Cathal Gallagher, Paul Durham, Charlie O’ Regan & Cillian Ansboro

Paul Kiernan was selected on the Irish U20 rugby squad for the Six Nations Championship & the U20 World Cup


Charlie O Regan was awarded the Ulster Bank Division 2A Player of the Year at an awards ceremony at the Aviva stadium for his performances for UCC throughout the year


UCC RFC were promoted to Division 1B of the AIL League following their victory over Blackrock College in the Promotion/Relegation Play-Off Final



UCC won the Farquhar Cup following their exit from the Collingwood Cup held in UCC .

Sean O Mahony, was selected on the Irish Colleges & Universities squad for 2016.

UCC were runners-up in the Munster Senior League

Sean O Mahony was awarded Munster Senior League “Player of the Year” for the soccer season 2015/16

UCC Junior 1 were beaten John Hayes Cup Finalists


Squash did well at Intervarsities in Galway this year winning men’s division C and D.


UCC men’s team were runners-up in the intervarsity team event while Declan O Brien was runner-up in the singles event.


Anya Curran came third in ladies black belt patterns and second in ladies black belt sparring at the ITF Eireann Championships in Little Island and Omed Poshdary came first in male blue/red belt sparring and also came first in the male blue/red pattern section

At the TWD intervarsities UCC performed very well with:

Sarah Barry 1st in female black belt HW sparring and 1st in female black belt patterns.

Emer Varley 2nd in female black belt LW sparring and 3rd in female black belt patterns

Anya Curran 1st in female black belt LW sparring

Siobhan Ladden 3rd in female red/black belt patterns and 4th in female black/red sparring

Erik Borchert 1st male black belt HW sparring

Luke King 4th male black belt HW sparring

Omed Poshdary 1st colour belt green/blue/red patterns

Martin 3rd colour belt white/yellow  patterns


UCC hosted a very successful tennis intervarsities in Cork in Feb 2016. Despite horrendous weather conditions on the Friday the event finished on schedule on the Sunday. Additional courts were used at Bishopstown LTC in addition to Sundays Well LTC.

UCC men’s & women’s teams won their respective “Bowl” competitions.

The women’s “Bowl” final was an all UCC affair with UCC “2” defeating UCC “3”.

UCC “2” men’s defeated UCD “2” in their final.


UCC were very successful at the intervarsities:

UCC Team A came second with Jack Davis, Tom Sheppard, Becca Flaherty and Lauren Murphy on the team, whilst in individual events:

Elite men – Jack Davis (1st)
Elite women – Becca Flaherty (1st)
Advanced men – Tom Sheppard (1st)
Intermediate women – Denise Bunce (1st)

UCC were 3rd in terms of the shield scores behind UCD & QUB. The people with the 6 highest form scores were:
Jack Davis
Tom Sheppard
Denise Bunce
Lauren Murphy
Aislinn Graham
Heather O’Callaghan


UCC Quercus Sports Scholarship recipient Chris Mintern started 2016 in fine fashion winning:

Youghal Duathlon National Series

Banner Duathlon National Series

Limerick Duathlon

Tramore Duathlon

He has been selected to represent Ireland at the World University Games 2016.

He retained the Lee Swim title 2015.


UCC women’s won the indoor intervarsities

UCC men’s won the “Open” outdoor intervarsity championship

UCC are Mixed outdoor intervarsity winners

At the national IFDA awards in 2015 UCC were extremely successful and won the following:

Aoife Blake:
-Female College “Player of the Year”
-Female Club “Player of the Year”
-“Most spirited female player”

Matthew Feely:
-Contribution to the development of Irish Ultimate

Mary McKee:
-Most spirited female player

John Doherty: UCC Graduate, won an award for his contribution to the development of Irish Ultimate


UCC were crowned CLUB OF THE YEAR



UCC men’s team were beaten varsity semi-finalists while the women’s team won the Plate competition.


UCC Women’s rugby were beaten SSI League Finalists. However, they won an invitational Seven’s tournament in Paris in April.