There will be no Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon or Sigerson Cups played in the GAA this year due to ongoing concerns over public health.
The tournaments have not been played only twice since their inception in 1911. Those were both down to war with the War of Independence in 1921 and World War 2 in 1943.
The GAA Higher Education Committee has committed to a consultation process with key stakeholders in the hope that some of the disappointing outcomes of 2020/2021 can be offset going forward.
Decisions on the Ladies Football equivalent, the O’Connor Cup are expected next week with a similar timetable for Camogie.
“We’re very disappointed that our championships will not take place,” said Committee Chair Michael Hyland.
“We had planned for and were hopeful of all of our championships, including the Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups, going ahead but it’s apparent that it won’t be possible for this year.”
“We wish to thank all the colleges, the clubs, club committees, students, students unions and the hard-working development officers for their understanding and their ongoing commitment to our sector.”
“There is a lot of uncertainty about when games will recommence at club and county level and what the calendar will look like in 2021 but as the situation becomes clearer, we will work with the clubs, colleges, development officers and all stakeholders to try and find ways to mitigate against the effects of our students not having had any games this academic year and we are really looking forward to a return to play in October.”
“We will work with everyone, including our sponsors Electric Ireland, in the coming months and ensure a comprehensive fixtures calendar. We are particularly mindful of the current First-Year students who have missed out Fresher competitions and the vital role that it plays in getting players involved in Third Level GAA. We are looking forward to staging second-year competitions for this year’s Freshers which we hope will take place in the first Semester of the 2021/2022 academic year.
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