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Lynch Cup Draw
Group A 
UCD 2, 
UL 2 ,
Group B

Lynch Cup Fixtures

Round 1:

17 February 2015 2.30pm CIT  A CIT v UL 2

17 February 2015 2.30pm UCD 2  B UCD 2 v WIT

17 February 2015 2.30pm DIT  C DIT v DCU2

17 February 2015 2.30pm DKIT  D DKIT v bye

Round 2:

25 February 2015 2.30pm UL 2  E UL 2 v UCD 2

25 February 2015 2.30pm WIT  F WIT v CIT

25 February 2015 2.30pm DCU2  G DCU2 v DKIT

25 February 2015 2.30pm bye  H bye v DIT

Round 3:

04 March 2015 2.30pm CIT  I CIT v UCD 2

04 March 2015 2.30pm UL 2  J UL 2 v WIT

04 March 2015 2.30pm DIT  K DIT v DKIT

04 March 2015 2.30pm DCU2  L DCU2 v bye

John Cronin Munster GAA Intermediate Hurler of The Year 2014

Congratulations to John Cronin who received the Munster Intermediate Hurler of The Year 2014 last Saturday night at the Munster Council GAA Awards held at Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare.

The award is testament to the hard work and dedication John has shown both on and off the field and CIT Student GAA Club are delighted that this is being recognised.


Sigerson Cup 

Preliminary Round:

NUIG v IT Blanchardstown

TCD v Atlone

Round One Draw:

A. UCC v  Cork IT, 

B. Queensv IT Sligo, 

C. Maynooth v UL, 

D. IT Tralee v IT Carlow 

        E. UCD v Athlone IT/ TCD

 F. GMIT  v Dublin IT

G.  NUIG/ ITB v St. Marys Belfast

H. Jordanstown v DCU

Quarter Finals

1. A v B
2. C v D
3. E v F
4. G v H

Semi-Finals (Both in UCC)

1 v 2
3 v 4

Fitzgibbon Cup Draw

Group A:
DCU, Cork IT , UCD, St. Pats

Group B:

Group C:
IT Carlow, Waterford IT, Maynooth, Mary I

Group D:
LIT, Jordanstown, DIT

Round 1 - Thursday, 29th

 January 2015

All Groups

Team 1 v Team 2

Team 3 v Team 4

Group D

Team 3 Bye

Round 2 - Thursday, 5th February 2015

All Groups

Team 3 v Team 1

Team 4 v Team 2

Group D

Team 2 Bye

Round 3 - Tuesday, 10th February 2015

All Groups

Team 2 v Team 3

Team 1 v Team 4

Group D

Team 1 Bye

[E.T. if necessary in Knock-Out Stages]

Quarter Finals – 17.02.15/18.02.15

Group Winners Have Home Advantage

E Winner A V Runner Up B

F Winner B V Runner Up A

G Winner C V Runner Up D

H Winner D V Runner Up C

Semi-Finals – Friday 27.02.15 – Limerick IT

E v G

F v H

Final – 28.02.15 – Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Intermediate Hurling Championship



Semi Final


 B v Mary I

Junior Hurling Championship Draw



Semi Final

A v B


Munster Intermediate Football


Double Delight For CIT

CIT Go Into The Christmas Break High In Confidence After a Second All Ireland Title In The Space Of A Week

After the Ladies Footballers claimed the All Ireland League Division 3 Title late last week, it was the  of the men's hurler's  to take home the silverware. A strong second half performance meant there would be no doubt to where the Irish Independent Higher Education Intermediate Hurling cup was going.

Played in Ballykelly, Co Laois it was a rematch of last season’s Intermediate Championship All Ireland Final when CIT also overcame their Dublin counterparts DIT. On that occasion though it took extra time and a last minute goal to secure victory, but last night CIT managed to complete the task at the first time of asking.

Despite trailing at half-time 1:10 to 1:09, CIT, who were captained by Business Studies Student Colm Daly and managed and coached by RTC graduate Thomas Harrington and Current Early Years Education Student Kevin O Connor, left the best performance for the second half to outscore their opponents 3:21 to 1:12 at the full-time whistle.

The CIT Student GAA Club wish to congratulate this side, who had previously defeated LIT, UL, WIT on their way to the final.

HEC Division 3 League Final

CIT 1:11                        UCD (2)  1:09

  (Ladies Football Captain Emma Farmer with the Pat Quill Cup)

Cork Institute of Technology last night captured their first ever Pat Quill Cup as a result of their 1:11 to 1:09 victory over UCD in the Ladies Gaelic Football Higher Education Division 3 League Final. In a hugely competitive and entertaining encounter which saw UCD claw back a 5 point deficit early in the second to ensure a nail biting finish, it was the composure of team captain Emma Farmer from the dead ball which proved to be the decisive factor over the hour.

Jacinta Crowley and Emma Farmer converted early chances to give CIT an early lead, but a fabulous strike from distance by UCD midfielder Evelyn McGinley gave the Dublin outfit the lead for the first and only time in the game when her shot dropped into the top corner of the net. Despite their dominance in possession UCD failed to convert their chances and CIT added 4 unanswered scores, including a well worked team goal finished to the net by Maureen O Sullivan to put them in the driving seat by the 25th minute as they led 1-5 to 1-1. Both sides swapped late first half points but it was the Cork outfit that went to the dressing rooms the happiest leading 1:06 to 1:02 at the short whistle.

UCD introduced Maria McGrath late in the first half and she was to have a significant role in UCD’s comeback in the second half. Despite falling further behind early in the second period, McGrath pointed 3 of UCD’s 4 unanswered points to put the Dublin outfit back into contention, with the last point ensuring the bare minimum between them the sides halfway through the second half. It was game on. Cork star and CIT Sports Bursary Recipient Emma Farmer responded to the challenge with aplomb and hit with a brace of points which looked to have steady the ship for CIT. As the frost descended onto the St Patricks GAA Grounds Limerick and with any UCD attack being smothered up by a resolute CIT defence, it looked like that CIT would hold out for the final 10 minutes.

Not for the first time though in this pulsating affair did UCD dig deep but this time they somehow managed to find a crack in the CIT rear-guard. Kicking 3 unanswered points, two of which came from the boot of McGrath, CIT seemed to have lost their shape. With McGrath pulling the strings the Dubliners appeared like they would go on to etch out victory but it was CIT that grasped the nettle the tightest. If UCD had McGrath, CIT had Farmer. It was the Cork girl who would evolve as the heroine of the hour when she stood up to kick a wonderful pressure free out on the right wing to put CIT back in front after some fantastic approach work by the southerners. Once again CIT regained the upper hand and this time they weren’t going to relinquish. Smothering the UCD kick out they kept them pinned in their own half and on the back foot. The final blow came just before the end when CIT mid-fielder Cliona O Dwyer popped up with her second score of the game and with it nailed the victory and in doing so ensured that the Pat Quill Cup came back to leeside for the first time since UCC’s win in 2005.  

The win will certainly buoy the Cork girls before their bid to make up for their Lynch Cup Championship final defeat last season. While for now they will look back on a job well done in the league the championship beckons and the end of February will signal the commencement of the real crusade.

Cork IT:

Jean O’ Sullivan, Amie Dudley, Niamh O’Sullivan, Claire Walsh, Grainne Twomey, Nicole Hickey, Yvonne Burgoyne, Aoife Walsh, Cliona O’ Dwyer 0-2, Roisin McGrath, Maureen O’Sullivan 1-0, Jacinta Crowley 0-1, Jess O’Shea 0-1, Emma Farmer 0-6 (0-4F), Mary Kate Morrissey 0-1,

Subs:                     Shauna Hanafin for Grainne Twomey (25th Minute), Chirstine O Sullivan for Maureen O Sullivan (H/T) and Clodagh Quinlan for Nicole Hickey (50th min)


Katie Wall, Ciara McDermott, Deirdre Kearney, Sarah Connolly, Fiona Coyle 0-1, Caroline Brogan, , Aishling Hasshey,  Angela Crowley, Evelyn McGinley 1-0, Kate O’Sullivan, Aisling Sheridan, Claire Forde, Niamh Leahy 0-3 (0-2F), Cliona Connolly, Emma Sullivan

Subs: Maria McGrath 0-5 (0-3F) for Aisling Sheridan (25)

Referee: Shane Florish (Limerick)

The Institute's Senior Footballers lost out to UCC by a last minute goal in the 1st round of the Cork County Championship.

Despite the absence of a number of experienced players due to Inter-county commitments, the CIT students overcame a poor start to take the lead with only 10 minutes remaining. Unfortunately for us though, it was UCC who got the rub of the green in the closing few minutes and snatched victory by crashing home the winning goal late in the game after having made the most of a CIT defensive error. 

Fielding seven freshers during the course of this hard fought encounter, CIT came within minutes of two consecutive county championship defeats over our neighbours, having secured 2013 bragging rights. Alas though, it is the college who now hold the upper hand in our football escapades for 2014 and while the institute's representatives bowed out of this year’s campaign on a 1:12 to 1:09 score line, they can certainly take heart in the performances of their young guns. 

Many thanks to those of you who travelled this evening to Páirc Uí Rinn and lent your support to the team. We are also appreciative of the cooperation by so many of the Institute's staff in facilitating participation with the CIT Student GAA Club.

The one point defeat of the Ladies Football team at the hands of St Pat’s Dromcondra in their Intervarsity Final at Belfast saw the curtain come down on yet another action packed year for the CIT Student GAA Club in the Higher Education Leagues and Championships.

That Final was the sixth such decider for the Student GAA Club this academic year, where ultimate honours were taken in half and the heartbreak handed out in the remaining. The Intermediate Hurling performances in winning the Munster and All Ireland Championships and the Camogie Club’s win in the Purcell Shield were certainly some of the highlights of the year. Losing the Fitzgibbon, Senior Hurling League and the Fresher 2 Hurling League Finals were certainly some of the hardest blows.

In the third level setting from which we operate, more often than not we find ourselves immersed in the number counting of quantitative analysis, performance evaluation and credit validation. So for those of you who like that sort of thing J ,please see below:


CIT Student GAA Club 2013-14 Academic Year in Numbers

11           Intervarsity GAA Teams                              

20          Intervarsity Competitions

33          Championship Games                    Won 18, Lost 13 & Drew 2

35          League Games                                  Won 25, Lost 25 & Drew 3

53          Practice Games

60          Road Trips (Away Games)

244        Training Sessions

418        Students Played

16           Staff or Retired Staff who were involved with the team

16           Graduates or Current Students who were involved with the team

14           Friends of the Institute who helped out with teams

28           The number of wives/partners who were put out in anyone week yet were secretly                             delighted that their other half was involved!!!

500+     The number of staff who emailed/texted or called to wish the teams well

1000+   The Amount of times CIT were cheered for a score

418         The amount of players who got a telling off at least once

418         The amount of players who came back even after the telling off

3             Red Cards

1             Black card

20          Blackguards (per team!)

139         The amount of games that the players gave of their all for their Institute

5             Minutes like this that makes it all worthwhile


Many thanks to all who helped out during the year and especially for the continued support the academic and administrative staff have given to all our members.

Finally, while the Higher Education Season is over, the local championships are only starting and the Institute will be represented in Senior Hurling and Football once again this year.


Well done to the Senior Hurlers to beat UCC in the Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final 2014 in Queens University. Unfortunately losing to WIT after an impressive clash in the final. Click here to read more.