A fantastic year in UCC Sport

Seasons greeting from everyone in UCC Sport.  We have had another busy year in Sport in UCC and are looking forward to 2020.  Thank you to everyone who has supported us, participated in sport and physical activity, and provided services to our clubs, teams and students.  We are very lucky to have so many people who volunteer as coaches, mentors and advisors and thank you all for this.



  • Over 4,500 members of clubs and 13,000 students activated membership of the Mardyke Arena.
  • Support and administration of finances for the Clubs Executive and 55 clubs by DSPA team working in partnership with Clubs Executive.
  • Growing participation in wide range of sport at all levels – over 70 coaches contracted supported by wide cohort of volunteers
  • Completion and launch of new strategy for sport, establishment of Sports Leadership Team and development of partnerships to support sport in UCC
  • Detailed planning for new UCC Sports Park and completion of transition plan for sports facilities in progress.
  • Programme of upgrading facilities in the Mardyke and the Farm to complete key essential repairs, maintenance and improvement.
  • Development of new performance plan, revamp of sports scholarship programme, 64 UCC scholarships allocated and development of medical, physiology and player welfare support and policies.
  • Working Group established to develop physical activity strategy.
  • Initiation of governance and finances project to strengthen club sport in UCC.
  • Appointment of Dr Jeff Gomez as our joint Performance Manager with the Mardyke Arena.



It has been a very successful year – we compete in 100s of competitions/leagues/events and intervarsity’s.  We have athletes representing Ireland, and, at Provincial and intercounty level.  The dedication and talent of these young people is truly outstanding.  Included in some of the many great results were the following highlights:

  • UCC winners of Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups in Hurling and Football –Camogie Asbourne Cup Finalists
  • UCC Soccer Club winners of Collingwood Cup (men), and Kelly Cup  (women).  Men 1st team were crowned Munster Senior League champions, O Connell Cup winners &  were beaten Beamish Cup finalists. Former UCC soccer club Roy Keane scholarship recipient, Sean McLoughlin signed a professional contract with Hull City FC following a tremendous season with Cork City FC
  • UCC Rugby retention of Division 1 Status in All Ireland Rugby League. UCC U20’s retained the Donal Walsh Trophy & were Frazier Cup Finalists. John Hodnett was on the Irish U20 Rugby team who won the U20 Championship & Six Nations, and represented Ireland at World U20s World Cup in Argentina.  4 players were selected for the Irish Clubs Rugby team squad to play Scotland in 2020: Matthew Bowen, Peter Sylvester, Ryan Murphy and James Taylor.
  • UCC Women’s Hockey retained their EY2 status and Caoimhe Perdue has been selected on wider Irish women’s squad for selection for the Tokyo Olympics. Hannah Humphries & Jenny Clein were selected on the Irish U20 team. Sam Grace played with the Men’s U20
  • World Champion Rowers – Paul O Donovan and medallist Ronan Byrne. Ronan also won Gold at the European U23 Championships.   Both are on track to represent Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics. UCC Sports scholars Tara Hanlon & Emily Hegarty won silver medals at the World U23 Rowing Championships, in the Women’s 4.They were joined in the boat by Eimear Lambe & Claire Feerick. Another UCC Sports Scholar Hugh Sutton also medalled at these World Championships – he was in the Men’s Lightweight 4’s and they came 3rd
    Margaret Cremin, Aoife Casey, Emily Hegarty & Tara Hanlon are down to final trials for a place on the Irish Olympic Rowing  team for Tokyo.
  • UCC Volleyball winners of men’s & women’s intervarsity & women were 3rd in the British University intervarsity (BUCS) in 2019/20
  • UCC awarded Event of Year at the Annual Student Sport Ireland Conference (SSI) – for the Trampoline Intervarsity held in Cork  and “Student Administrator of Year” also went to UCC –  Ciara Judge – for her role in the trampoline club in 2018/19
  • World Student Games in Naples : Women’s Soccer: Ciara McNamara selected to represent Ireland at the World University Games  & Men’s Soccer: Rob Slevin, David Coffey, Gordon Walker, Simon Falvey, John Kavanagh, David Philips, & Pierce Philips and Shane Daly Butz – UCC graduate (2018) selected on the Irish Men’s squad.  The Irish soccer team was coached by UCC Soccer Development Officer, Greg Yelverton.
  • IWAS World Games: Mary Fitzgerald (Quercus Scholar):1st – Discuss, women’s F40 category. 1st – Shot put, New Irish record of 6.26m and 1st – Javelin, women’s F40 category.
  • Tennis: Daniel Moloney was selected to the Irish University Team for the BNP Paribas Masters in Grenoble in 2018. In 2019 Sean & Fiona O Callaghan were both selected on the Irish universities team. It was a first for UCC to have two players representing the team but also the first time in 14 years that the competition had siblings competing on the same team. The Irish team for the first time medalled finishing third.
  • Ultimate Frisbee: UCC was well represented on the international scene during the summer of 2019 culminating in the Ireland Senior Women’s team  being crowned EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS. UCC was well represented on this victorious team with Emma Healy, Bríonagh Healy, and Sinéad Dunne all current students, and UCC Graduates Michelle Leahy  (coach), Cliona Doyle,  Sinéad O’ Shiel Fleming and Kelly Hyland part of this historic win




Wishing you all a happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2020.