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29 Jun 2022

University of Limerick duo named as Higher Education GAA Players of the Year

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HIGHER Education GAA and sponsors Electric Ireland have named a UL duo as Hurler and Footballer of the Year.

David Clifford has been named Electric Ireland GAA Higher Education Rising Star Football Player of the Year and Bryan O’Mara has been named Electric Ireland GAA Higher Education Rising Star Hurling Player of the Year.

O’Mara was Man of the Match in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup Final - the Tipperary man also scored four points in the final as UL lifted the trophy for the first time since 2018.

Clifford, an Electric Ireland Minor Star award winner in 2017, was phenomenal throughout the Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup, scoring 6-22 in six Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup matches, as UL made it all the way to the final, for only the second time in the university’s history.

The Rising Star awards for Clifford and O’Mara follow on their selection on the Electric Ireland GAA Higher Education Rising Star Football and Hurling Teams of the Year in March.

Congratulating David Clifford and Bryan O’Mara, GAA President Larry McCarthy said: “The intent and dedication both David and Bryan showed over the course of the Electric Ireland Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups is a true sign of how important these competitions are to the players and the GAA".

"These competitions were a brilliant way to begin the year and I would like to congratulate all of those involved who were named in the Team of the Year in March."

Sarah Sharkey, Brand, PR and Sponsorship Manager for Electric Ireland added her congratulations for the two UL Rising Stars.

“It was wonderful, after such a long break, to see all the players back in action in the Electric Ireland Higher Education Leagues. David and Bryan are certainly worthy winners of this year’s Rising Star awards, their commitment and performance on the pitch was significant in their team’s progression through the competitions," said Sharkey.

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