The Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars 2020 Hurling Team of the Year has also been unveiled though due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Rising Stars Awards Ceremony has been cancelled
Kingston, a member of Cork’s Senior Hurling team, was named in last year’s Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars Hurling Team of the Year and continued his terrific form in the competition in 2020.
The Douglas club man was a consistent threat to opposition teams and scored four great points in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup Final as he claimed his second Fitzgibbon Cup medal and this year’s Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Star Hurling Player of the Year title.
UCC won back to back titles this season, overcoming IT Carlow, whom also contested the Final of the Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup, in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup Final.
In the Electric Ireland Ryan Cup, Garda College gained promotion to next year’s Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup by defeating Ulster University in the Final.
UCC dominate this year’s Team of the Year with no fewer than seven Rising Star representatives.
Following their impressive run to the final, IT Carlow has four representatives on this year’s team.
Beaten semi-finalists, DCU DÉ and Mary Immaculate College make up the rest of the team with three and two representatives respectively.
Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars 2020 Hurling Team of the Year
Oisin Foley – DCU DÉ, Crossabeg Ballymurn, Wexford
Shane Reck – IT Carlow, Oylegate Glenbrien, Wexford
Robert Downey – UCC, Glen Rovers, Cork
Eanna McBride – Mary Immaculate, J.K Brackens, Tipperary
Paddy O Loughlin – UCC, Kilmallock, Limerick
Conor Burke – DCU DÉ, St. Vincent’s, Dublin
Mark Coleman – UCC, Blarney, Cork
Darragh Fitzgibbon – UCC, Charleville, Cork
Richie Leahy – IT Carlow, Rower Inistioge, Kilkenny
Rory O Connor – DCU DÉ, St. Martin’s, Wexford
Shane Conway – UCC, Lixnaw, Kerry
Cathal Dunbar – IT Carlow, Naomh Éanna, Wexford
Chris Nolan – IT Carlow, Mount Leinster Rangers, Carlow
Shane Kingston – UCC, Douglas, Cork
Tim O Mahony – Mary Immaculate, Newtownshandrum, Cork
“While it is unfortunate that we will not be able to recognise the players through the annual Electric Ireland GAA Higher Education Rising Stars Awards Ceremony, the health and well-being of the players and their families is the top priority for both ourselves as sponsors and the GAA,” said Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director, Electric Ireland.
“We remain determined though to spotlight 15 standout performances in these highly coveted competitions. 2020 was another thrilling season and it’s a pleasure to be able to support these players as they combine their studies with life on and off the pitch.”
“I would like to congratulate Shane Kingston and the Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars Hurling Team of The Year 2020 on their incredible achievements during 2020 Higher Education Hurling season,” added GAA President John Horan.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be able to honour these young men in front of their families, friends and coaches, however, they should all be very proud of what they have done in 2020. They are a credit to their club, county and most importantly, their third-level institution.”
The Football Team of the Year and Football Player of the Year will be unveiled tomorrow.