TheElectric Ireland GAA Higher Education Rising Star Team of the Year.
TheElectric Ireland GAA Higher Education Rising Star Team of the Year.

Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup Team of the Year


Electric Ireland is delighted to spotlight 15 remarkable performers from this season’s Higher Education hurling Championships, as it unveils the 2022 Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars Hurling Team of the Year.

This season’s performances once again demonstrated the outstanding talent and skill on offer in the Electric Ireland Higher Education Championships as UL claimed their seventh Fitzgibbon Cup with a last gasp victory over NUIG. MTU Kerry gained promotion from the Electric Ireland Ryan cup after defeating Ulster University in the final.

Following their Fitzgibbon Cup success, the Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars 2022 Hurling Team of the Year features six players from champions, UL, while beaten finalists NUIG have four representatives on the team. Beaten semi-finalists GMIT and IT Carlow have two representatives each. There is also one player from Electric Ireland Ryan Cup Champions, MTU Kerry, represented.

2022 Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars Hurling Team of the Year

  1. Darach Fahy – GMIT, Ardrahan, Galway
  2. Podge Delaney - IT Carlow, The Harps, Laois
  3. TJ Brennan – UL, Clarinbridge, Galway
  4. Jack Fitzpatrick, NUIG, Killimordaly, Galway
  5. Cianán Fahy – GMIT, Ardrahan, Galway
  6. Bryan O Mara – UL, Holycross/Ballycahill, Tipperary
  7. Niall Brassil - IT Carlow, James Stephens, Kilkenny
  8. Ciaran Connolly – UL, Loughmore/Casteleiney, Tipperary
  9. Fionán Mackessy - MTU Kerry, St Brendan's, Kerry
  10. Cian Lynch – NUIG, Patrickswell, Limerick
  11. Gearóid O’Connor – UL, Moyne/Templetuohy, Tipperary
  12. John Fleming – NUIG, Meelick Eyrecourt, Galway
  13. Mikey Kiely - UL, Abbeyside/Ballinacourty, Waterford
  14. Mark Rodgers - UL, Scariff, Clare
  15. Evan Niland - NUIG, Clarinbridge, Galway

Uachtarán CLG Larry McCarthy said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to the players on their achievements throughout this season’s Championship and for being named on the Hurling Team of the Year. Following its absence in 2021, it was wonderful to watch the excellent standard of hurling on offer in this year’s Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Championships. These players contributed to some fantastic moments for their 3rd level institutions over the last few months and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at a formal ceremony later in the year.”

Sarah Sharkey, Brand, PR and Sponsorship Manager, Electric Ireland, commented: *“We are delighted to announce the 2022 Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars Hurling Team of the Year and are looking forward to being able to recognise these players’ outstanding performances at the annual Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars Awards Ceremony which will take place later this year. 2022 was another exceptional season and it’s a pleasure to be able to continue our support of these Championships and players.”

This year’s Electric Ireland’s #FirstClassRivals campaign celebrated the unexpected alliances that were formed by County rivals coming together in pursuit of some of the most coveted titles in the GAA.

The Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars Football Team of the Year will be unveiled on Monday, 21st March, with the Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Star Hurling and Football Player of the Year announced on April 4th. These awards will acknowledge one outstanding performance from this year’s Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cup Championships.