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Joint win following UCC double

Thursday, 28th March, 2019 8:50am

The double success of UCC GAA club was honoured at a special function at Rochestown Park Hotel recently.

Captains of the football and hurling teams Cian Kiely and Shane Kingston respectively, were named as the joint winners of the Cork's 96FM/C103 Sports Star of the Month Award for February. Their nod comes following the UCC football and hurling teams' wins in the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups, the first time the double has been achieved in the college since 1988.

The pair were presented with their awards at Rochestown Park Hotel by Finbarr McCarthy and were joined by family and friends from the Ballincollig and Douglas GAA club, including Shane's dad, former Cork manager Kieran Kingston, along with former Cork hurling coach Ger Cunningham.

From the UCC GAA club were development officer John Grainger, Dr Paddy Crowley and Dr Con Murphy, while from the Cork County Board were Joseph Blake and Des Cullinane as well as Pearse Murphy who was representing the Munster Council.

Commenting on Kiely and Kingston's wins, Cullinane, who is also involved in UCC GAA, said: “This is a tremendous occasion for what was a tremendous achievement. The work ethic and commitment shown in the club, and the phenomenal work being done by John Grainger, is huge - wins at this level are very important not just to the college but also the county, and UCC has always made a huge contribution to Cork GAA.

“The last time the double was won was 1988 and Cork won the double then in 1990...surely a good omen! Congratulations to both Cian and Shane and their teammates.”

Both Kiely and Kingston were full of praise for their teammates, with Kiely concluding the ceremony by saying: “UCC has been fantastic to me, I want to thank the skull and crossbones for everything,” with Kingston echoing his sentiments.

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