“These competitions are hugely popular among players, possess a long and distinguished history and continue to play an important role in developing talented young hurlers and footballers,” said GAA President John Horan.
“In our three years sponsoring the Electric Ireland Higher Education Championships, we have been on a truly exciting journey,” added Maeve Galvin, Sponsorship Programme Manager at Electric Ireland.
“We launched our platform “First Class Rivals” in 2018 and in 2019, we live streamed some of the key games across the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups.”
“This made the games more accessible to a wider audience. In 2020 our campaign looks to celebrate the unexpected alliances formed through County rivals joining forces in pursuit of one common goal. We are looking forward to another season of excitement and fierce competition as students across the country battle for some of the most coveted titles in GAA.”
DCU will host this year’s Finals weekends and President of the university Brian McCraith
added that “the Fitzgibbon Cup and Sigerson Cup Finals are major events in the Irish sporting calendar and DCU is proud to host them.”
“DCU celebrates its 40th birthday in 2020 and, with our university’s strong GAA heritage, it’s a fitting year for DCU to host this year’s Féile Comhairle Ardoideachais.”
All Sigerson fixtures will be played on campuses and at local venues as part of the seventh year of a home-and-away agreement between all clubs.
Any pairings which occurred over the last 6 years will now revert to the other club’s venue.
With improvements made to many of the GAA facilities in the Higher Education sector, this will give clubs the opportunity to showcase their venues and will continue to raise the interest of the local student body in these fixtures.
Fixtures in the Electric Ireland HE GAA Championships are scheduled to start on Sunday, January 12th, 2020 with the finals due to take place in February,
Sport for Business members UCC are the reigning champions in both codes, though we would hardly say that this was related to their membership alongside a large number of other third-level colleges across Ireland.
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