Killarney the focus for UCC footballers as Cork head for Wexford in the Hurling
It has been alleged that you need to go to Killarney to really experience the atmosphere of a Munster Football final weekend and July 5th should be no exception when Cork travel over the county bounds to play Kerry.
Once again on a huge day in Irish sport, UCC GAA Club will be well represented with current students Tomas Clancy (Fermoy), Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers), Kevin Crowley (Millstreet), Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs), Brian O’Driscoll (Caheragh), Padraig O’Connor (Killarney Legion) and Paul Geaney (Dingle) all involved. The Kerry coach is former graduate Eamon Fitzmaurice and the Kerry panel include no fewer than 11 UCC graduates while Cork have one more with 12.
Of course the man who has witnessed more Munster Finals than anyone Dr. Con Murphy, UCC Gaelic Football president will be on duty as team doctor to the Cork footballers in Killarney.
On Saturday July 4th Cork play Wexford in Wexford in the Senior Hurling championship and Fitzgibbon Cup players and current students on the Cork panel are Killian Burke (Midleton), Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Damien Cahalane (St Finbarrs), Brian and Barry Lawton (Castlemartyr), Anthony Spillane (Castlelyons), Conor Lehane (Midleton),Cormac Murphy (Mallow) and Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline).Graduate and Fitzgibbon Cup winner Eanna Martin plays for Wexford.
Also Fitzgibbon Cup coach Ger Cunningham will take his Dublin team to Portlaoise to play Laois, while former UCC hurler Aidan Harte lines out for Galway in the Leinster Final against a Kilkenny team that includes Arts student John Power.
As well as all this, Niall Daly a Sports Studies & Physical Education graduate plays with Roscommon on Saturday night against Cavan in football while graduates Adrian Breen and Graeme Mulcahy line out with Limerick versus Westmeath in the hurling championship.
Interestingly, there are three Quercus Scholarship holders playing this weekend as Conor Dorman (Cork), Shane O’Donnell (Clare) and John Power (Kilkenny) all line out with their counties.
There will also be a large number of UCC players playing for Cork and Kerry in the munster Junior final tonight in Pairc Ui Rinn – throw in at 7.30.
The 2 senior games will be shown live on TV but if you wish to go then tickets can be bought in SuperValu/Centra shops or visit.