DAVY Fitzgerald, Eoin Kelly and Paul Browne were among the high-profile names at the official launch of the Fitzgibbon Cup last week at the Limerick Institute of Technology.
The prestigious third-level hurling championship begins this week and the finals weekend is being hosted by LIT on February 27/28.
“This year is also the 10th anniversary since our first Fitzgibbon Cup title so it’s a nostalgic year for us,” says Dr Maria Hinfelaar, president of the college, who said she was “delighted that we are hosting the Fitzgibbon Cup finals weekend this year”.
“We have built a fantastic reputation in the Fitzgibbon Cup over the years, not least since Davy Fitzgerald came on board as our coach/manager. We have had some incredible players wear our jersey, from Eoin Kelly to Jackie Tyrell, Kieran Murphy, Willie Hyland, Joe Canning and many more. The competition means a lot to us so hosting it this year is a real honour for us and we are looking forward to a great weekend.”
LIT begin their campaign against University of Ulster Jordanstown on Wednesday while Mary I travel to take on Maynooth and UL face a mouth-watering clash against NUI Galway.
A record 15 teams are taking part in this year’s competition which will be whittled down to four over the next couple of weeks. The semi-finals will be played in LIT on Friday, February 27, with the final in the Gaelic Grounds on the Saturday. That game will be live on TG4.
In addition, LIT will also host the Independent.ie sponsored Ryan and Fergal Maher Cups (the lower grade college competitions) semi-finals on Friday and three finals on Saturday, as well as the Corn Padraig MacDiarmada final on the Friday of what promises to be a fantastic weekend of hurling.
LIT last won the Fitzgibbon Cup in 2007 with their last final appearance in 2011 when they were beaten by UL in Waterford. The last Limerick college to appear in the final was Mary I in 2012.